Jewel of the Alps
September 1st, 2020
As promised in Sunday’s post, today we’re taking a quick tour around Annecy, France. Annecy is one of my favorite villages with its charming old town, canals, high mountains, stylish homes, beautiful lake and scenic bike path. Annecy is a quick three hours by train from Paris, making it a great place to experience both city and country life in France.
Other adorable villages surround Lac d’Annecy including Menthon-Saint-Bernard where we find Le Château de Menthon, owned and occupied by generations of the same family for nearly 1,000 years. The castle sits on a hill near the Col Des Fretes where paragliders step off the precipice and drift over the west side of the lake. In winter, Annecy is a great base to experience the Alps with storied ski towns including Chamonix and Les 3 Vallées about an hour away.
Annecy is a jewel of the Alps — well worth an overnight stay if you find yourself in the neighborhood. Explore the old town, walk the path, spend an afternoon at the beach or take a boat to more villages where you’ll find wine, cheese and bottomless cups of joie de vivre.
Tomorrow, we’re back on the magic carpet!
P.S. Apologies for missing yesterday! I took the day off and had a lovely day with family but had to rest my eyes from the dense smoke in the air. Numerous large fires have been burning around Northern California as a result of 11,000 (not a typo) lightning strikes in one night about two weeks ago. Thankfully, the air quality is better today and most fires are nearly contained. Thank you, fire fighters and first responders. We are grateful for you.
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