Today I'm sharing with you one of my trips. Unfortunately, this time I was not able to travel abroad. So, to replace the trip in another country I decided to go have a look at French touristic cities. So let's discover the city of Annecy!
Annecy is located in Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpesregion. It’s not very far from the city I live in so this was a good opportunity to discover the region.
The city has its own University and the history of the city is very present through architecture. You can visit for example the Annecy Castle, ancient residence of the Counts of Geneva and the Dukes of Genevois-Nemours, the place has survived several fires and has been restored many times. It has for sure plenty of secrets. Today a museum has been installed in the Castle.
The city has a lake which is the main touristic spot. It is known as “Europe’s cleanest lake" due to environmental regulations introduced in the 1960s.It has an incredible view!! Due to its proximity with Switzerland, the lake is part of France but also part of Switzerland.
Also, the French entrance to the Mont Blanc Tunnel into Italy is in Haute-Savoie. The city is not far from Geneva, as the region is the border with Switzerland. I didn’t spent a lot of time in the city but I loved walking throughout this beautiful city. I would love go back and visit more place. I definitely recommend the place for a holiday week-end !
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A little history on Annecy
Annecy, city, capital of Haute-Savoie département, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes région, southeastern France. It lies along the northwestern shore of Lake Annecy at the entrance to one of the cluses (transverse gorges) of the Savoy Pre-Alps, south of Geneva.
Traces of the Gallo-Roman Boutae have been found nearby. The seat of the counts of Genevois from the 10th century, Annecy was attached to the dukedom of Savoy from 1401 and became important during the Reformation when the bishop’s seat was transferred there from Geneva in 1535 along with monastic institutions expelled from Geneva during the Reformation. St. Francis de Sales was bishop (1602–22) and, with St. Jane Frances Chantal, founded the first Convent of the Visitation of the Virgin in Annecy. In 1728 the 16-year-old Jean-Jacques Rousseau took refuge in the city. Annecy, along with the rest of Savoy, became part of France in 1860.
The old part of the city has arcaded streets that are interlaced with canals. Tourism is an economic mainstay. The city’s industries include electronics, confections, and precision instruments. Pop. (1999) 50,348; (2014 est.) 53,285.
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