Annecy is the largest city in the Haute Savoie department of France. Last Thursday spent in Annecy was a warm and gentle day break, post an early morning flight to Geneva.
Just 40 minutes from the airport, the stunning esplanade of Annecy’s lake spreads as far as the eye can see, clear waters sparkling in the autumn sun – with a few bathers taking the plunge.
The mountains tower peacefully but powerfully behind the lake, its shallow waters rippling below. Though not a big town, the esplanade running adjacent to the lake continues for at least 6km, passing several stops for water sports, mini harbours and paddling points.
As we strolled, we could see the pavement was littered with conkers and their shells, with many of those still enjoying outdoor bars and restaurants being innocent victims of the seasons fall.
The lawns laying in front of the lake were littered with students and tourists alike, soaking up the late September rays.
As we ambled closer to town, we approached the crystal canals which entwine the city, the constant presence of water definitely added to the calmness of the vielle ville.
The charm of Annecy is clear for all to behold.
As we went in search of a worthy lunch spot, the aura of the city was certainly reflected in the local restaurants – which oozed classic style and charm.
La Mamie Lise was a beautiful find, just on the edge of the old town. offering an incredible menu du jour. The staff couldn’t help enough, and the food was fantastically fresh and flavoursome.
Annecy was a beautiful place for a day trip, with its charm and beauty resonating, even out of the usual tourist season.
The old town, and the new, make for a beautiful relaxed afternoon of shopping and petits pauses with friends.
If you have time to spare in the South Eastern corner of France, I would heavily recommend prioritising this lakeside gem!