There’s something you should know about me: I have a thing for lakes. Lakes are the perfect combination in my opinion: water and mountains. How much better can it get? Well, when you visit Annecy, you might realize that by adding a beautiful old town and a few canals, a little church on the top of a hill, a nice bed & breakfast, and a great wine bar, it gets so much better that you might very well never want to leave.
Two days in Annecy
Annecy is the capital of the Haute Savoie region, in France, in the heart of the Alps. It gave its name to the large lake it was built along: the Annecy lake. The old town of Annecy is charming and authentic despite the amount of visitors strolling along the paved street. It is a great location in any season: the more adventurous travelers will appreciate all the water activities the lake has to offer, as well as gorgeous hikes.
With only a couple of days to spend in Annecy, we chose to take it easy and simply enjoy the warm fall and the gorgeous sights and colors that the town has to offer.
If you decide to stay in the old town, you will benefit from a central location and be able to walk pretty much anywhere. If you drove, there are a few parkings where you can leave your car for the length of your stay.
Our Bed & Breakfast was located on one of the main street of the old town, behind a huge door, above a little private garden that overlooked one of the canals. It was both quiet and central, our host was charming and full of advices for places to go and things to do. The room was beautifully designed and the monkey lamp made someone I know very happy 🐵…
Turns out, we happened to be in town for the “Retour d’Alpage”: the end of summer festivities, when all the cattle is coming back from the mountains. This tradition attracts loads of tourists and it forced us (literally since our car was stuck in the parking lot with no possibility to get out) to stick around for a little longer than we had initially planned. No regret though… so many opportunities for awe at every street corner are something you don’t come across too often anyway.
As for the where (and what) to eat, of course, there’s the cheese… Most traditional alpine meals are heavily based on cheese: raclette, tartiflette, fondue… We opted for a fondue – pieces of bread dipped in melted cheese… oh heaven! But my favorite was, Les Caves du Chateau (6 rampe du Chateau - 74000 Annecy), a small wine bar, where you can cosy up in a warm atmosphere. The wine list is rich and the staff knowledgeable. A gem!
In the end, Annecy is the kind of place where I could easily retreat for a little more than two days. The beautiful surroundings, the quality of life and the numerous outdoor activities available make it a very good location for some remote coworking. If anyone is up for it, feel free to drop me a line!