Arrived in: Annecy via 2 trains > Dijon to Lyon, Lyon to Annecy
My first impression is: it is every bit as quaint and beautiful as the photos depict. The lake is a bright, fresh blue and the mountains are striking in the near distance.
I'm most excited about: doing a long bike ride around the lake tomorrow and hiking Mont Veyrier with our new friend and fellow photographer/writer Caroline.
I'm surprised that:
- you can rent a boat to tour the lake without a license.
- there are even more cheeses to try out here that are specific to the region. So far, Beaufort is our favorite!
- Annecy's nickname is "the Venice of Savoy" because of towns arcaded streets that interlace with winding canals.
- The old town straddles the Thiou River. With a length of only 3.5 km, it's one of France's shortest rivers.
- The lake is the third largest in France and has gained the reputation as Europe's cleanest lake.
The best thing is that:
- We are out of the city and a stone's throw away from nature.
- I caught the sunrise this morning on my run along the lake.
- I reached out to a photographer via Instagram (ya, not the first time I've made a friend this way!) and we met for coffee and a stroll through the weekly market today!