Saturday, July 31, 2010

An Excursion to Annecy, France

Lying 60km to the south of Lake Geneva, Annecy is one of the most beautiful and popular resort towns of the French Alps. The delights of the town nowadays lie not just in its historical monuments, like the imposing Chateâu on the hill or the fort of the Palais d'Île closer to the lake, but also in the stunning scenery which can be admired from various points around the town. Surrounded by spectacular mountains and located on the banks of a sparkling turquoise lake, Annecy is about as close to a fairy-tale city as it is possible to get except in a children's story.

The Château d'Annecy is a restored castle which dominates Annecy. It was bought by the old French town, restored and transformed into a museum, le musée-château d'Annecy. The castle is listed as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture.
The castle was built between the 12th and 16th centuries. It served as the residence of the Counts of Geneva and the Dukes of Genevois-Nemours. Several times the victim of fires, the castle was abandoned in the 17th century and later repaired to serve as a barracks until 1947. The town of Annecy acquired the castle in 1953, restored it with the help of Monuments historiques and installed a museum there. Since 1993, the Tower and the Logis Perrière have housed an observatory (l'Observatoire régional des lacs alpins).

Grrrrr... :)
The town of Annecy, with unique roof tops, surrounds the castle.

The Tour de la Reine (Queen's Tower) is the oldest part of the castle, dating from the 12th century. Its walls are over 4 m (13 ft) thick. The king locked the queen in this tower to avoid her and her questions of his infidelity. How rude!

Gardens cover France (and Switzerland). The French, German and Italians are great gardeners and care very much for nature...

Annecy Lake

We took a tour of the town on this boat!
The following pictures were taken from the boat of the tour...

Doesn't this look like Venice? It was so beautiful--this picture does not do this justice!
Christina (from the United Kingdom) and I
When I was feeling a little ill, she gave me all kinds of herbal teas. My favorite was the strawberry mango tea! She is such a sweetie!

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