Annecy! – a Little-Known Gem in the SE of France well worth a visit!

I was looking at an article the other day – all about the most scenic towns in Europe.

Lots of beautiful pictures of course – languid rivers meandering through lush green countrysides; gorgeous plazas filled with happy, smiling people sipping on their café au laits; majestic, moss-covered statues in town squares; . . . and I thought to myself – ‘They’ve forgotten one’!

There is a small town tucked away in a corner of South Eastern France, first mentioned to me by a French friend who lives there.

I first met Arno in my hometown of Melbourne, Australia, and he was telling all about his ‘beautiful little town – Eet is Zee Best’, with typical French aplomb, and a complete disregard for personal space – gotta love the French ha!

I’m fairly sure there may have been some red wine flowing at the time as well!

When asked to produce some photos, the best he could do was one of those tacky little souvenir TV things, where you peer through a little spy-hole at the back, push a button on the top and the next pic comes into view! It was enough to show me the beauty of Annecy.

Annecy has been a settlement since the time of the Romans. and lies 35km south of Geneva, in southeastern France.

It’s known for its Vieille Ville (old town), with cobbled streets, winding canals and pastel-colored houses, and rests on the shores of the spectacular, mountain-fringed Lac d’Annecy.

With nicknames such as the ‘Pearl of the French Alps’ and the ‘Venice of the Alps’, and with a resident population hovering around 55.000 living within the city limits, it’s easy to see why it’s becoming a popular destination – maybe get there before it turns into its Italian nick-namesake (is that a word?)

Below is a little taste of Annecy for you all to enjoy! Don’t know about you but I want to go, and soon!!

Pic sources: Tedy Travel, Thousand Wonders, Sergio/Flickr, Wikimedia