Annecy and Lyon in October
We took a train to Annecy and stayed the night so we could explore the old town as its known. Dubbed the "Venice" of the Alps this town was on the top of my list for locations to live in but as in every beautiful historical site it was beyond our budget! So we must visit and see what all the hype is about. We chose a cute Boutique Hotel called the Alexandra because of its proximity to the old town. Quaint rooms with modern decor and perfect location, right in the thick of it. We started walking and within minutes fell upon a huge open air market, which instantly made me smile. Gorgeous colors and amazing selections of fresh produce and local products were displayed, farm fresh cheeses, olives, and cured meats everywhere - oh and baguettes of course! We loved this city so much the Lac D'Annecy is so beautiful and breathtaking - we were really blown away at the magnitude and all of the walking paths to enjoy this area.
We sat on a gorgeous patio enjoying sliced "saucisson" and local cheese at one of the cafes with a view to the Palais de L'Isle on the Thiou canal. This 12th-century building has been a lordly residence, courthouse, mint and prison over the centuries. Building is an understatement - this castle was Geneva's administrative headquarters, then alternately a courthouse, a mint, and the Middle Ages until 1865 and then again during World War II. The Palais de l'Ile was classified as a Historical Monument in 1900, and today houses a local history museum, we didn't go in but the magnitude of this monument was not lost on us. Definitely the most photographed piece of architecture in Annecy and is worth a visit.