MONDAY, 5th June
Today was another day of Train travel as we left Avignon to spend 3 nights in Annecy. This meant 3 trains today arriving in Annecy mid afternoon.
Annecy is an alpine town in south-eastern France where Lake Annecy feeds into the Thiou River. The Thiou is considered one of the cleanest rivers in Europe and at 3.5 km long, one of Europe’s shortest. This waterway has two adjacent canals. Lake Annecy is the third largest lake in France. It is fed by many small rivers from the surrounding mountains.
Annecy is known for its Vieille Ville (Old Town) with cobbled streets, winding canals and pastel-coloured houses. Overlooking the city is the medieval Chateau d’Annecy, once home to the Counts of Geneva. Annecy has been classified as A Town of Art and History. We walked (or climbed) to the Chateau late in the afternoon and had a brief look at the old town area which was teeming with tourists. The town’s most photographed building is the Palais de l’lle built in the 12th century. Over the years it has been used as a Mint, a Courthouse and a Prison.