Annecy, France – My European Car Trip #3

This story continues from here: Best of Switzerland

Before going forward to our next destination, France, I looked the map and my Pinterest Places To Go board and pointed to some of France’s most beautiful cities. As France is filled with amazing places, small and charming villages, and unique things to do and see, we had to choose a road that connects Switzerland and the Italian Riviera, that passes some important destinations and that is easy to handle and fun on the way. As you can imagine, or might know, a long driving trip is not fun if you only see the highway on both sides.

So I had to make a choice and cut some places from the list, add others and so on. And it became:

  Annecy    Grenoble    Saint Tropez    Cannes    Nice    Eze    Monaco

After leaving Zurich, made some amazing stops in Switzerland’s Marche Restaurant & Gas Stations and finally got to Annecy after 4 hours. We only stayed a few hours there and headed to Grenoble, where we got very late and went directly to sleep, so we can rest for our next day’s trip to South of France.

To be honest, I’ve never even heard about Grenoble, but since it was on our way down, we chose to stop after a few hours spent in Annecy.

All right, now the important facts. But first, the pictures:

Marche in switzerland. eats on the highway on swiss roads. european car trip on the way to annecy

EATS ON THE SWISS ROADS –  MEET Marché: THE NICEST ROAD STOP IN EUROPE

Mountain view in annecy, france. people sitting at the beach

PICNIC IN ANNECY WITH A FABULOUS VIEW OVER THE MOUNTAINS

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the old town in annecy france vuew over the mountains

THE OLD TOWN

Château d'Annecy in the Old Town - surrounded by the water channel, charming and unique local shops, delicious small restaurants, bakeries and coffeeshops

CHATEAU D’ANNECY IN THE OLD TOWN – SURROUNDED BY THE WATER CHANNEL, CHARMING AND UNIQUE LOCAL SHOPS, DELICIOUS SMALL RESTAURANTS, BAKERIES AND COFFEE SHOPS

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EVERY WINDOW IS HIDING A FRENCH STORY – THE THING I LIKE MOST IN ITALY AND FRANCE ARE THE WINDOWS. SMALL, CHARMING, OLD FASHIONED, AND OF COURSE, FLOWERS AT EVERY ONE OF THEM

Le Picket Restaurant in Annecy France

ONE OF THE COZY RESTAURANTS WHERE WE CHOSE TO SIT, ENJOY THE VIEW AND EAT GOOD FOOD

Cheese fondue in Le Picket restaurant annecy

REAL CHEESE FONDUE IN LE PICKET- YUMM!

Castel Annecy

Château d’Annecy in the Old Town

 

annecy seats outside

Such a romantic landscape, perfect place to take a break

Annecy – France’s Little Venice

I saw it on Pinterest, I followed the hashtag on Instagram, I added it on my travel wishlist in a moment.

Annecy is a small alpine town in southeastern France, very well-known for its old center, home of Chateau d’Annecy, once home to the counts of Geneva. Hmm, you know those medieval movies such as Robin Hood, First Knights and lovely Game of Thrones? The castle in the old town is even more charming than that, due to its position – surrounded by water, french restaurants, coffee shops and pâtisseries (french for bakery). The sidewalk around the water is something of a magnificent beauty.

This fairytale town needs more time to be explored. As a highlight, I would recommend you eat in one of the small restaurants in the old town, located near the waterside or the Chateau, and definitely try their cheese fondue! It’s absolutely fantastic! Even though it was summertime and I would die of warm, I had to simply enjoy this course as I am a huge fan of cheese bites.

Ah and don’t skip the walk inside the old town. You’ll find really interesting shops for bargains and cool concept stores.

If you’ve ever been to Annecy, let me know in the comments what else you’d add. I might make a short visit again soon to explore it more.

Until the next adventure in My European Car Trip

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