Another town that shares the beauty of the cleanest lake in Europe is Talloires, a charming summer resort in a picturesque setting. It’s about 10 kilometers from Annecy and is situated between the lake and mountains. Think of mountainous backdrop, medieval architecture, and a beach with dazzling views of the lake – sounds like a perfect retreat yeah?
We found out about Talloires while exploring Annecy. In a park near the lake, there’s a small ticket shop that offers several scheduled cruises. The boats or ferries leave Annecy, sail around the lake and back. We had extra time and thought it was a good idea to sightsee in another neighboring town. So we opted for the hop-on/hop-off ferry that stops in each village surrounding the lake and decided to alight in Talloires.
If this lovely boat dock hasn’t convinced you yet, let’s take a stroll right into the town.
Walking around, I can’t help but fall in love with the effortless charm of the village. Fresh flowers adorn windows, doors, and balconies. Motor boats are beautifully aligned along the harbor. The crystal clear lake is glowing vibrantly under the rays of the sun as if inviting us for a dip. It was like a wonderful daydream made into reality.
After taking a ridiculous amount of photos, we headed deeper into the village and found a little café that’s a perfect spot for people watching. Across the café is a huge lawn, adjacent to the public beach where the sun lovers are basking in.
We ordered our snacks, enjoyed the scene and talked about how different this place is from where we grew up in. Our weekends are usually about finding new restaurants to eat, watching movies or strolling in the mall. Here, it’s more on picnics and family sports. Kids make friends and play games while adults delight in a good laugh. It was all heartwarming to watch.
Before sundown, we headed back to the lakeside near the dock and took a few more photos.
We then waited for our ferry to return. And in a flash, we are back in Annecy again.
What do you think? Can you imagine calling this place home?