Annecy, you’re a charmer!

About two hours South of France is a quaint little town called Annecy – an alpine city that seem to perfectly came out of the pages of a fairy tale book. It’s vibrant, clean, unique and irrefutably scenic everywhere. Usually dubbed as the Venice of the Alps, its winding canals and pretty lined houses make for a really fascinating village atmosphere.

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I’ve been dreaming about Annecy since our visit last fall. I have intentionally included this town to be the last leg of our Europe trip to experience some quiet stroll after all the busy city walks in Paris, Brugge, and Amsterdam. And oh, what a glorious end! Like a dream, I woke up in a place where I’m just five minutes’ walk away from the amazing peak of the mountain Alps. It’s a tiny piece of paradise. And by paradise, here is what I meant. ;)

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Before I get carried away from my daydreaming (I wish I am back there!), here are more photos for you to enjoy. There is no need for complicated itinerary. The town is easily walkable and you’d probably love to get lost around anyway.

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how charming can a window be?

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The village of Annecy is charming enough but here in the lake is where the action happens. Locals and tourists enjoy a day of cycling, swimming, kayaking, boating, cruising to nearby towns, or just soaking up in fresh cool air and warm sunshine. There are no big tour groups or buses, only families and friends spending their free time outdoors.

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Look at just how clear the water is!

Lake Annecy is the third largest lake in France and dubbed as “Europe’s cleanest lake”. It was formed when the Alpine glaciers melted during the last ice age. Now, it is being streamed by small rivers surrounding the mountains.

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Ahh, I could imagine myself living here, off to work but in no rush, absorbing every inch of beauty around me and taking my time to stroll and enjoy the atmosphere. The days are bright, people are always smiling, time slows down and the town naturally echoes positivity. I wonder if people ever get stressed here. :)

It’s amazing what nature does to your soul.

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If you’re on for a visit to Paris or into nearby Lyon or Geneva, take advantage of the convenient train travel and add Annecy on your list. It’s worth the side trip. ❤

Where have you been dreaming about lately?

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  • Rolly Sacramento

    Baka ma-pick-pocket naman ako dian… ^_^

  • Oh my what a beautiful place!!! I wish I can go visit that someday :)

    xx, Ella | Wandering Ella

  • What a wonderful place. In God’s time, I will visit that lake! Nice blog =)

    God Bless! | Brotherly Creative

  • Wow! And my list gets longer hahaha. Would love to visit Avignon and French Riviera but Lake Annecy is quite far from it. It is closer to Switzerland, so I think this is a good side trip when you are in Geneva. :-) Love the photos! Can’t wait to travel again!

    • Yep, Annecy is closer to Switzerland. But I really love to see the place so we had the 2-hr side trip from Paris! Hehe. I’d love to see French Riviera, too! <3

      In a few days, you'll be traveling na. Enjoy your vacay! :)

  • Annecy has been on my bucket list way too long! I need to get there at some point, hopefully soon. :) It kind of reminds me of Hallstatt, a lake town near Salzburg in Austria. I feel they have the same vibe – a vibe that I would definitely love to soak myself in. :)

    • I’ve never been to Hallstatt but if it’s like Annecy then it’s on my list too! I love small towns with character and relaxed nature.

  • Priyanka Banerjee

    I wanted to go see the pretty Annecy lake when I was in Switzerland few years back, but could’t make it. After reading your post, I want to really go and visit the lake. France is just so so pretty!!

  • Your pictures are so beautiful! I actually have never been to Annecy, but I’m fantasized about it a million times. It looks like a page right out of a fairytale!

  • Shem Hooda

    First, I have to tell you how much I love the clean look and formatting of your blog! <3 Your photos are absolutely amazing and I'm totally wanderlusting over these darling little houses that line the canals. This post totally reminds me of Minnewater Lake in Brugge!

    • Thanks Shem! It really have that kind of vibe like in Brugge. I love that small town, not as vibrant but still charming! <3

  • Jillian Michelle

    I’ve been dying to go here! Your pics are absolutely breathtaking! <3

  • Gabby Beckford

    Of course the French Alps have the most stunning, picturesque little town in them!! My wanderlust is through the roof right now

  • Clare Colley

    Wow it looks stunning here, I would love it visit one day :-)

  • Natalie Tanner

    OH, wow! The photos are almost impossibly perfect! What a glorious place to go to soak up the beauty, quaintness (Is that even a word??) and take amazing photos. This sounds silly, but it is so perfect it reminds me of Disney since he famously copies beautiful places like this down to the smallest details. Hard to imagine that is REAL!

  • Nicki McLaren

    holy smokes! I have never heard of this town and your photos have sold me completely!! How beautiful. You captured it very well.

  • Wow this town looks like it is straight from a fairytail. Thanks a tun for sharing this place with us.

  • Happily Tanned

    Wowwww! What a beautiful place this is!

    Someday, I’ll visit Annecy. For now, photos and stories..