"Town at the clearest lake in Europe" Annecy by Martinewezel
Annecy Travel Guide: 219 reviews and 665 photos
A rainy day without sunbeam, a dramatic scenery for poetic language...
O beau lac d'Annecy, bien modeste est ma lyre
Pour moduler le chant que ta splendeur inspire !
Pour vibrer de concert aux murmures des eaux,
Aux souffles des sommets, aux soupirs des coteaux !
La rive du soleil, des monts nus, gris et rudes,
Où le raisin mûrit au pied des altitudes,
La rive où la verdure émaille les hauteurs,
Et les vieux souvenirs qui ravivent les cœurs,
Trouveront-ils jamais, pour chanter leur poème,
Une voix qui s’élève à leur charme suprême !
Leur auréole émet à l’alpestre cité
Un radieux éclat de grâce et de beauté.
Ephise Simond 1895
The town is a real beauty, no doubt about it. However, it is ruined by mass tourism. 90% of the charming small houses in the old streets are now cheap restaurants, almost all pizza restaurants. The town is an ants' nest. There are too many people walking around.
The restaurant terraces along the river are way too narrow to put decent tables and chairs and still people are having lunch or dinner there... bothered by other hungry tourists, trying to wriggle themself throug a non existing gap, on their way to a free table further on.
Cozy for someone... the hell for another.
If I would ever come back, I would stay here, in this hotel: L'Impérial Palace. There we took the photo of the lake, at the top of this page. The hotel garden breaths the early 20th century. A place for a poetic mood.
- Pros:The lake
- Cons:The crowd
- In a nutshell:An ants' nest in Summer
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