I recently went skiing for the first time (review coming soon) and on the way back to Geneva airport I stumbled across the most beautiful town in south eastern France called Annecy. It sits at the most northern tip of Lake Annecy and it was quite possibly the most beautiful town I have ever seen.
We only spent a few hours wandering around its narrow streets, cute cafes, bars and patisseries all held together by lots of winding canals that make every single view very special but it was enough to know I want to go back.
Not only is the town like something out of a Disney film (in a good way), but just a minute’s walk from the old town is Lake Annecy itself where sparkly blue waters meet formidable mountain ranges. Are you in Switzerland, are you in France? You’re almost equidistant from the two, with the best bits of both wrapped up in one glorious trip.
Apparently Winston Churchill believed the lake held “the most beautiful view on earth” while Mark Twain claimed no words could do the place justice but presumably they didn’t have a half decent camera to capture the place. Just take a look at the views!
Visiting Annecy is easy, with so many cheap flights from Geneva and only a short drive on the other side there are lots of options – you could ski from Annecy, tag it onto a skiing trip at one of the bigger resorts nearby or just make a weekend break of it as a standalone holiday. That’s what I’ll be doing next. Two hours of pottering just isn’t enough.
Sadly the ‘money shot’ of the Palais de l’Isle, an 11th-century prison that sits on its own island, was covered in scaffolding when we went, but luckily Annecy provided many, many other photographic opportunities.
I will be back, and I definitely think you should put it on your list! Let me know what else you have on yours.