Even locals who have seen Mont-Blanc out their window every single day since birth gie praise to the views in Annecy, 20 minutes away from Geneva in Haute-Savoie, France. That’s because the landscape is next-level, the lake next-door is deep blue and the medieval village that underpins the whole vista looks like it’s right out of a Disney film (in a good way).
Copyright Torsade de Pointes
My colleagues and I went on a little jaunt to Annecy before Christmas and it was terrific. No, the lake wasn’t turquoise and the skies were a bit grey but I still had that wonderful feeling we North Americans have (not just me, I hope?) when we visit an old and beautiful European place. The closest you can get to time travel. Imagining what it would be to walk these same streets in the 10th century when Annecy was the court of the counts of Geneva. We were there to check out the Christmas market where we found a Canadian maple syrup stand! I’m not fond of maple syrup but I was happy to see the Canadian and Quebec flags bedecking the stand…
Coworker buying maple syrup
Annecy is also called the Venice of the Alps because it is built on a network of canals. I can’t wait to go back this summer and get the full experience.
I also highly recommend Annecy as a day trip from Geneva for shopping purposes. They have a Galeries Lafayette, and a Sephora and a bunch of other stores that don’t exist in Switzerland. We’ll definitely go there if you visit me.