Monday, October 20, 2014

More to Explore

Pages from Jan's Travel Journal: April 22, 2014

The boat tour on Lake Annecy was beautiful (see previous post). I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting the area. There are also dinner tours, with boats pulling away just at sunset. I imagine that would would have been a lovely experience, but we had made plans for a dinner cruise on the Seine at the end of our vacation and were quite happy with the tour boat we had just been on.

We were more than ready for more explorations in the captivating village of Annecy. We wandered back toward the center of the old town, snapping photos and peeking into boutiques and souvenir shops. There was something to admire around every corner. 

The aroma inside this shop was irresistible!

An Annecy flower shop.

Picturesque wells flowing with spring water are all over town.

After a while, my foot and Craig's knee demanded a rest, so we returned to the hotel. We stopped along the way at a little stand selling sandwiches to go, where we each made a selection to take back to the room. We munched our sandwiches while catching up on email and news from home, and then we were ready to set out again. Before leaving the hotel, we inquired at the front desk regarding a recommendation for a fondue restaurant. We were told that Le Freti is the best in town, and reservations were made for that evening. 

 A charming hotel near the chateau.

 I can never resist an old door!

We walked up a steep, curving street to the Chateau d'Annecy, a restored castle which was built between the 12th and 16th centuries. It now houses a museum, which is definitely worth a look. 

 The oldest part of the castle has walls that are over 13 feet thick.

You may have a seat on one of these 1,000-year-old stone benches.

 Here is an interesting view through one of the old windows of the castle.

 The view from the terrace of the chateau is breathtaking!

We toured the castle at a leisurely pace, admiring the sculptures and other displays of art and artifacts. The afternoon had grown warm. We took leave of the chateau and went in search of one of the many gelato shops we had noticed in town. The three of us enjoyed our frosty treats while sitting on a curb, people-watching and listening to many different languages as other tourists ambled past. 

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