I went to the city of Annecy during the holiday of Christmas and I liked this city very much.
Annecy is a commune in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, the prefecture of the Haute-Savoie department and is nicknamed « the pearl of the French Alps » or « Venice of the Alps », in France. This idyllic and touristic representation is based on the two canals and the river Thiou whose initial role was to protect the city and then to use hydraulic energy for the operation of its craft.
The city experienced an important industrial development in the nineteenth century with the silk factories.
The climate is of continental montane type, characterized by marked moisture. It is very cold in the winter and rather hot in the summer. We were lucky because we enjoyed a beautiful blue sky and we were able to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
We first crossed the lake on the west side through several small villages. The views are magnificent and the relief is impressive. The winter being rather mild so far in France, there was no snow on the summits.
Lake Annecy is sometimes called « blue lake ». It is the second glacial lake of France after that of Le Bourget, except for the French part of Lake Geneva. The lake was formed about 18,000 years ago when the great Alpine glaciers melted, with a current area of 27.59 km2.
We then visited the old town. The heart of the commercial and political life of Annecy is crossed by many canals and pedestrian streets with arcades including the rue Sainte-Claire which is one of the most beautiful with its romantic arches.
Annecy has twenty-one monuments listed in the inventory of historic monuments and five places listed in the general inventory of cultural heritage.
The palace of Ilse is an emblematic monument located in the center of the old town. Built in the 12th century in the middle of the Thiou canal, it is currently the Center of Interpretation of the Architecture and Heritage of the agglomeration of Annecy but in the past it has had very different functions. The palace of the chatelain of Annecy in the twelfth century, it becomes administrative hotel when the Count of Geneva settled in the city.
Annecy is located 40 km south of Geneva. We also spent a few days to visit the unmistakable places. With 22 international organizations and more than 250 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Geneva is home to the most international organizations in the world (such as the European Headquarters of the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), etc.).
In particular, we visited the Wall of Reformers, the Flower Clock, St. Peter’s Cathedral, the Palais des Nations and, of course, the water jet at the end of the Eaux-Vives jetty.
Geneva is one of the metropolises that offer the best quality of life in the world!