We didn’t experience Annecy France in its best light. It was rainy and cold when visited at the beginning of November 2016. Annecy has been nicknamed the “Pearl of French Alps.” Sitting at the edge of Lake Annecy and the de facto gateway to the famous ski resorts of Albertville, Annecy may well live up to its “pearl” billing. We will have to return in better weather to be sure.
Annecy is also known as the “Venice of the Alps,” as two canals and the river Thiou flow through the city. Numerous bridges connect the meandering street plan of the old town. The “Venice of” moniker is so commonly applied these days that we have taken to adding to the confusion by calling any place with a couple of canals and a stream as a “Venice of….” We’ve been to a lot of Venice of’s; as in Annecy, the water improves the atmosphere.
The cold and wet weather encouraged us to go inside to sample Savoie’s fare. Heavy in the local cheeses, the food in Annecy is perfect for cold weather. We are looking to return to Annecy when the regional food is entirely inappropriate to the weather.
We visited Annecy in November 2016.