Annecy and the Alps

From Lyon we traveled to Annecy, a gorgeous small town right next to the French Alps. Whenever I was talking about our upcoming trip to my French classmates, they only nodded at Lyon and Toulouse, but when they heard about Annecy they became really excited. I guess the little town is famous in France. I’d never even heard of it before!

Unless you are into skiing and hiking, Annecy is a place which can be explored in only two to three days. The center of the town was tiny with a small t, but still worth visiting. There were many small canals which made the town look sweet and welcoming. Also the alpine styled houses and small restaurants created a cozy feeling. Even our hotel was an overly cute alpine style building with pastel colours on the inside! Annecy is located right next to a huge lake with beautiful clear water and mountains in the background. The views in front of the town were one of those things you would never get bored of. We spent a lot of time simply walking by the lake and enjoying the sunny winter weather.

After coming to the conclusion that the most important parts of Annecy can be explored in a day, we decided to take a bus to one of the mountains. We saw mainly local people skiing down the hills with amazing views in the background. I would have loved to go skiing myself, but renting all the equipment for only one day would have been a little too expensive. Instead we hiked a pleasant and short trek to get to the viewpoint of the mountain, and in the end we saw Mont Blanc! Or at least we think we saw it. It was wonderful to sit outside a small cafe with all the snow and mountains around us, enjoying the sun and drinking hot chocolate. I love the Alps, no matter is it summer or winter and if I’m skiing or just simply walking around enjoying the nature.

In Annecy I got to eat frog for the first time in my life! I can tick it off in my “things to do in France” -list now!

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Lyonista matkamme jatkui Annecyyn, pieneen kaupunkiin aivan Alppien tuntumassa. Kaupungin keskusta-alue oli niin pieni, että siihen ehti tutustua alle tunnissa kertaakaan eksymättä. Annecyyn ei kuitenkaan tulla ainoastaan kaupungin keskustan takia (vaikka se alppimökkeineen ja kanaaleineen onkin todella viehättävä), vaan ihan vaan maisemien vuoksi. Kaupunki sijaitsee valtavan järven rannalla, ja heti järven takana seisovat Alpit. Järven kristallinkirkas vesi suorastaan houkutteli uimaan, mutta ilman saunaa emme kehdanneet mennä pulikoimaan.

Koska matkassani olevat kaksi tyttöä eivät koskaan olleet nähneet Alppeja, otimme bussin jolla ajoimme 45min Annecyn lähimmälle laskettelukeskukselle. Laskettelemaan emme tällä kertaa ehtineet, mutta pääsimme kävellen kukkulan huipulle ihailemaan maisemia. Mont Blancin vuori seisoi keskellä upeaa vuoristomaisemaa, joten sekin tuli nyt sitten nähtyä! Istuimme ulkokahvilassa nauttimassa auringosta, maisemista ja kuumasta kaakaosta. Oli muuten jännä, kun nenäni ruskettui mutta samalla näppini olivat aivan jäässä.

Annecyssa ei mitään erikoista ruokakulttuuria tuntunut olevan, vaan kaupunki pursui italialaisia ravintoloita. Onneksi kävimme kuitenkin paikallisessa ravintolassa, sillä pääsimme maistamaan sammakkoa! Nyt voin onnellisesti ruksia tuonkin herkun maistamisen ”tehtävä Ranskassa” –listaltani pois. Kyllä Ranskassa asuvan pitää osata sammakoita syödä! ;)

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