Trip Start Jun 10, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Ok this just keeps getting better. We now have yet another new favourite place... so far.
Annecy is a beautiful town in a beautiful setting. The old part of town is packed with restaurants, cafés, and shops. It seems as though all of the above have an ice cream counter as well. No exaggeration, this is seriously the ice cream capital of the world... and it is all fabulous. Ferrero rocher flavour, lemon merangue pie flavour, they have it all. We are doing our best to try it all as well.
Aside from ice cream and the like, Annecy is in a perfect location. It is at the base of the Alpes on a gorgeous lake (Annecy). The area is also home to the source of "evian" bottled water.
It has canals running through the old city lined with the aforementioned establishments that sold ice cream and so forth. The waterfront is full of gardens, greenspace, beaches, and more.
Upon our arrival we strolled around trying to take it all in. It just seems too perfect. We don't think you could conjure up a better set up for a vacation spot.
We tore ourselves away from the sun to take in their museum that is located in an old chateau that once was the home to princes of the past. It was an interesting visit as although it wasn't a large collection, it was a potpouri of just about everything from art to treasures to local history. Well put together.
The next day we decided to relax in the sun. We wandered through the old town as it is market day and the place is just a bustle with folks browsing for sustenance. Stands of produce, freshly baked breads, and gorgeous flowers abound.  Locally made cheeses and salami stands dominate however (and rightly so). We could certainly get used to this. 
We found a white sandy beach just up from the old town along the promenade. As we finish this entry, we are in our lounge chairs overlooking lac Annecy with the old town to our east and the Alpes to the west. There isn't too much "roughing it" going on today.
Tomorrow we head into the Alpes up to Chamonix.
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