Prepare for photo overload. This post marks my last from my October 2017 trip to Europe, and we’re ending with one of my favorite cities from the visit: Annecy, France. Located not too far from the Swiss border and about a two hour train ride from Lyon, we decided to make a day trip of it since we’d be in the area.
Annecy is a place you visit for the beauty. The city sits on a lake surrounded by mountains — we’re getting into Alps territory, after all. And it’s not just nature. The buildings are adorable, candy-colored and quintessentially European, and between them runs several winding canals, making it something of the French take on Venice. It’s not chock full of museums or major tourist sights, but it what it does have is a whole lot of charm.
After catching a morning train in Lyon, we arrived in Annecy around 11 and headed straight for the (very picturesque) city center. Like I said, Annecy isn’t a city known for its museums, but rather what’s outside. We spent some time just wandering the streets here, and since it was Saturday, there were lots of stalls open selling paintings, rugs and other items.
Since we arrived close to the afternoon, we started getting hungry after a walk around the city center. Because Annecy is so close to Switzerland, Swiss tastes are very much reflected in the menus of their restaurants — meaning there’s lots of cheese fondue to be had! Cheese fondue is pretty much my favorite food in the entire world, so I insisted we go to a restaurant that had it on the menu. We ended up at Ô Savoyard, which was decorated in a delightfully kitschy Swiss style, sort of like an over-the-top chalet. I, of course, had the fondue and it was incredible.
Lake Annecy is without a doubt the city’s crown jewel, and on the day we were there it honestly couldn’t have been more beautiful. We bought tickets for a boat ride, thinking it would be about 30 minutes, but it ended up being well over an hour. Even though it was longer than we were expecting, it was really lovely. You go through the mountains and with it being October, they were covered in gorgeous fall leaves. A must-do if you visit the city.
The lake feeds into this canal, situated just off the shore of the lake. It was one of my favorite parts of the city: Views of the lake and the mountains on one side, and lined with trees on the other.
The sunset has to have been one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. The sky was painted in hues of pink and purple. I absolutely love the way it reflected on the water in the canal in the last photo above.
Annecy is seriously one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been in my life, and I highly, highly recommend stopping there for the day if you ever get the opportunity! As I have traveled throughout Europe, I’ve found that a lot of my favorite cities are the smaller, more picturesque ones. I loved Salzburg, Austria, St. Andrews, Scotland, and of course, Bruges, Belgium. Annecy definitely fits within this mold and has been added to to my list of all-time favorite cities!
Next up on the travel recap front — Southeast Asia!