Annecy has been on my wish list ever since i realised i was coming to France. However, i always seem to have had a reason to put of the visit. So after my camera was stolen last week, i rushed out to buy a new one. I already knew which camera i wanted to buy, as i have been looking at buying a new one for sometime. The only thing keeping me from buying it before, was my tight budget. I bought the Canon EOS 600d. I wanted this camera, for the possibly insane reason it has a flip screen and you can buy a remote control, which will make taking photos for my other blog that much easier. I also used to own an SLR, long before the days of digital and i have missed the control and quality that that camera gave me. On my budget this was the best camera that fitted the bill. Now i had a new camera, Annecy, Annecy, Annecy.
Annecy is beautiful, and rammed with tourists. But this is one of those places that the tourists don't really put you off, infact i thought they added to the charm and gave the town a slight buzz. As soon as i arrived i headed to the famous canal with the row of colourful houses, i just wanted to get that typical Annecy photo done with first so i could concentrate on enjoying the rest of the town. This canal did not disappoint, its bluish waters running between rows of colourful houses and the palais d'isle in the middle was perfect. Though the water came out sludgy green in my photos, i assure you it was crystal clear.
Annecy lies at the outlet of a large freshwater lake. The waters are so crystal clear and blue it is amazing, you can see through meters of water to the bottom of the lake in the harbour area. The lake is bordered in Annecy by a recreational park. Here you can hire, boats, kayaks bikes and rollerblades, or like me just sun yourself and eat your baguette.
I spent most of the day wandering the narrow streets of the old town, which are a jumble of colorful houses, shops and restaurant. If you wander to the north side of the old town, here the streets get wider and you find your more commercial shopping district, it's still very pretty though.
The Chateau just above the old town, houses a museum dedicated to local history, arts and crafts and also a good helping of modern art. It cost me €5.20 to enter. I admittedly was a little disappointed at the displays, especial the modern art stuff, i just don't get it. Here are some of my more favourite ones.
If there is one thing i will take from away from annecy its seeing everybody eat ice creams. At one point i was struggling to see anybody who was not eating one. How is the possible, it like they were eating one and the going back for more, again and again. Then again the ques at the kiosks were 20-30 people deep (the people who were not eating them). The photo below is totally out of focus, but this is just the beginning of this queue it was almost twice this length! So i had to join in and get one for my self. Yum, chocolate, chestnut and cream.
and finally for my mum some pretty flowers.
Tourist office: http://en.lac-annecy.com/
Towns website: http://www.annecy.fr/