Sunday, 14 August 2016

24 Hours in Annecy

France Annecy tourism travel blogger Having not visited the beautiful French alpine town of Annecy for quite a few years, I was super excited to return and see whether it lived up to my memories.  Truth be told, as much as I love to see how some places rapidly develop and modernise, Annecy is one of those very, very special locations I couldn't bear to see change too much.  The cobbled streets and mountain views have an indisputable calming effect on me; so to have embarked on a road trip and spent 24 hours (or so) in the town was an undeniable highlight of my summer!
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Caramel ice cream in French glass bowl
A little way out and further down on the map, an unassuming restaurant/hotel sat a few metres back from the road.  After hours of winding hills and no snacks on standby (I know, the horror), anything would have impressed.  However, we just so happened to stumble across a total gem!  I'm massively kicking myself for not noting down the name of the place; if we were grading blogging skills right now I'd get an F, maybe even a U?  Anyway, although the kitchen had been closed for an hour, the chef very kindly allowed us to order, which meant I was able to enjoy a delicious glass bowl of caramel ice cream to the sight of mountains and sunshine - bliss!
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After many hours on the road, there were sighs of relief once we'd reached the Best Western Hotel Carlton.  Parking was a little awkward, however entirely worth it.  The hotel's corner-location was absolutely ideal, with the cobbled streets and winding canals being just a minute's walk away!  The interior design was pretty nice too, with a modern and clean scheme running through from the foyer to the rooms; Villeroy and Boch bathrooms, various eye-catching flowers and illuminated headboard silhouettes.  As badly as I wanted to sit on the bedroom's balcony and watch the world go by, I forced myself to get changed and head out - there was exploring to be done!

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5 Rue des Glières 
74000 Annecy
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I felt a warm feeling in my heart moments into wandering the cobbled streets of Annecy, just as I had done upon my last visit many years ago.  Personally speaking, I'm pretty sure it's partly because of the mountains - for some reason, I feel at home when they're in sight.  Before reaching the winding canals and beautiful Lake Annecy, first on the agenda was a rather lengthy meal at a cosy crêperie.  Everything about the meal was delicious, though my fly-killing skills were certainly put to the test while eating outdoors!  After filling up on crêpes au sirop d'érable, a walk around part of Lake Annecy (the third largest lake in France) was on the cards.  I still can't get over the view of the lake against the mountains; the colours were breathtakingly beautiful.
24 hours in Annecy - winding canals
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Best Western Hotel Carlton Annecy nighttime balcony viewHmm, I'm noticing a pattern emerging!  Similar to how I mentioned loving late nights spent watching the moon shine down on the sea in Part Three of my South of France travel diary, I gravitated towards my hotel room's balcony for the night's stay in Annecy.  Mosquito-guard applied and silk pyjama set on, I pulled up a chair and watched the night unfold from the comfort of the balcony.  The extreme heat combined with the simple sound of cars following the roads below, for some reason or other made the night very, very special.        
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Best Western Hotel Carlton balcony view in Annecy
Annecy balcony shot travel and fashion bloggerFast forward to the next morning and I was able to truly appreciate the sunny view from the Hotel Carlton; the salmon-pink colour of the corner building ahead and the mountains in the distance made for one seriously pretty sight!  I can't get over how perfect these 24 hours spent in the French alpine town of Annecy were from beginning to end - it was even better than I'd remembered!

With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. Ohhhhhh noooo Gaby...dear, we were there for a weekend... (I'll post later August) What a coïncidence... We seem definitely to share the same interests....hahaha
    Annecy is a gorgeous little town and your post is perfect, as usual;) Happy week to you ; -)

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  2. Being able to return to a destination and seeing the differences is such a treat! Everything looks gorgeous, what a trip!

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  3. I went here years ago (in the wintertime) and absolutely loved it! I still remember the delicious fondue I had there!

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  4. Annecy certainly looks like it is a town filled with old world charm and the way it looks to be framed by the mountains and lake is just so picturesque from any angle. How lucky you were you to stop by on a return visit to compare and contrast how much it has changed since your last visit.

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  5. This is so inspiring! I love the post:)

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  6. This place is so beautiful! Your recent travel diaries have made me very jealous! Wonderful photos and you look just stunning Gabrielle!

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  7. If the place is as beautiful as Annecy, I don't see why it should be changed. It's magical.
    Gosh, I so wish I can transport there ASAP.

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  8. Ooh I love Annecy too, when I last visited there weren't those umbrellas in the river - such a cool installation!

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  9. Such a gorgeous location, love the colorful houses and the mountains in the background! Such a cute place, and wouldn't say no to that ice cream hahah! Xx

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  10. Everything is just out of this world! I wish I could visit!
    Your photography is stunning. xx

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  11. Beautiful photos and Annecy looks like a lovely place! Ooh I would like to go on holidays too. xoxo

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  12. Annecy looks absolutely gorgeous!! And I love the yellow umbrellas in the river!

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  13. Wow girly, this city is so vibrant, full of color, and so beautiful. You documented it very, very well. It is beautiful and was an absolute joy to read.
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  14. What a marvellous location, and I am such a fan of dining alfresco. The shots overlooking the water as well as the mountainous views are incredibly special. Glad to hear that you were able to visit Annecy once more. <3 /Madison x

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  15. beautiful! Uggg...can I be your travel buddy!? You are always exploring the most lovely places!
    Have a great week,

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  16. This is awesome!I love this post. Cute you.

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  17. All your photos are breathtaking, Gabrielle! Were those yellow umbrellas floating in the canal! Gorgeous!

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  18. Your pics are breathtaking, Gaby! Nothing better than traveling and Annecy looks so dreamy!
    Happy Monday, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa
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  19. What a beautiful place, great pictures!
    Have a lovely day :)
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  20. I have wanted to visit Annecy for ages, it looks beautiful! I can see why you went to your hotels balcony, so nice and relaxing to be able to lookout from your hotel room!

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  21. The place is just screaming romance. It's very picturesque!

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  22. Girl you are beautiful! and you pictures are just as beautiful

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  23. Annecy looks like a really lovely place for a visit! I'm not sure if I'll ever get the opportunity to visit but I am living all my travelling dreams vicariously through you.

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  24. It looks so lovely!

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  25. What a beautiful place! I love your photos. Gemma x
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  26. Annecy looks beautiful, very much like a scene from a Romantic movie set.

    Literally postcard views dotted around everywhere you look!

    You look stunning as always Gabrielle :)

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  27. Wow, this place looks so lovely and so peaceful. I love all the scenic photos and the little shops and streets. The hotel looks amazing too! Great photos, thanks for sharing your vacation with us! xoxo, Christine
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  28. I love Annecy so much! I've been there quite a few times during my summer holidays, and funnily enough I've actually been there just last week. You did a great job at showing how beautiful it is, and how much good food you can eat there haha. I love the vieille ville with all the colourful house façades and the narrow passages that you can't help but take to see where they lead you... It's definitely a city to wander and explore!

    Julia xx
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  29. Annecy looks charming. I know what you mean about not wanting to see some places to get modernize because the laid back old school feel is why you love it. It was really cool of the chef to let you order after the kitchen close you hardly get service like that anymore.
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  30. How adorable and quaint! I will be dreaming about this place! The flowers and water views are gorgeous. What a special trip!

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  31. Annoy looks absolutely beautiful Gabrielle! I will definitely have to add this to my places to visit in France :)

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  32. Gosh Gabrielle, my jaw actually dropped! These photos are stunning, and the town looks so sweet. I can understand why you love it so much!

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  33. Annecy is so stunning and has long been on my list of must visit locations. You captured it so beautifully Gabrielle!

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  34. Such a beautiful place and you are looking so gorgeous.
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  35. If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't even know about this French alipine town! Annecy does look like a lovely town to visit and it seems like you had fun on your 24 hour visit. It is always interesting to revisit those places that are stuck in our memory as being a certain way. I know what you mean when you say you wouldn't want it to change too much. I have places like that too, those that are special to me and I just couldn't bear them becoming too modernized and different. Let's hope that doesn't happen with our 'special places'!

    So great that your visit turned out even better than you imagined and that you got the most out of your stay in this lovely town. That hotel looks so pretty...and the location seems very practical, one that allows you to go about sightseeing as soon as you check in (if one has the energy to do it and you seemed to sum up that energy)....

    but before the hotel, the city and all...how perfect is that view of mountains? What a panorama! perfect views to accompany your enjoyment of ice-cream! How nice of chef to be willing to serve you a portion even if kitchen was closed. The views of mountains and the lake were pretty amazing in the city as well.

    The sight of mountains makes me feel at home too! I can't imagine living without the sight of mountains. They're very special to me... I suppose it is because all the towns I ever lived in were surrounded by mountains...or mabye I just love them.

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  36. Some places should never be allowed to change, I agree with you on that, and mountain villages in France are among them. Watching the night unfold is such a relaxing feeling, it is pure bliss on holidays for me as well.

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  37. So, Annecy is the cutest place ever! I'd never even heard of it before this post but it's breathtakingly beautiful! What an amazing place!

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  38. This place looks ridiculously dreamy - I've never heard of it, but it's now on my bucket list!

    Hayley xo
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  39. Annecy looks so beautiful and I love your pics as always :) xx

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  40. What a beautiful place! I'm also a fan of Villeroy and Boch as they used to make their products in Luxembourg. The brand is very popular over here.

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  41. This is fabulous! Love it.

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  42. You are stunning, as usual! This trip looks like the dreamiest! Definite travel inspo right here ;)

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  43. I always hear beautiful things about Annecy, perhaps I will add it to my next European trip. Great photos! x

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  44. How I'd love to be eating ice cream and looking at that mountain view right about now. Love seeing all of these photos and living vicariously through your travels!

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  45. That's a beautiful little place which I have never heard of, but truth be told, I have not holiday-ed in France. I've only just made it to Calais to the ferry. It kind of scares me to go to France as most refuse to speak English and would not know how to get around easily. Is this true for the South of France? How cute are those yellow umbrellas in the river?

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    1. Hey Carolin! Having visited quite a few different areas of France, I'd say as a general rule the locals are friendly once you make an effort - and then ordinarily, they'll meet you halfway! With regard to the South of France, everyone I spoke to communicated in English :)

      Gabrielle x

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  46. Gorgeous photos and You look very beautiful hun...xoxo, Neha

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  47. How gorgeous is Annecy? And you look like you're having so much fun!

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  48. I never went there in France but woow the houses are so pretty ! I love the colors of the streets ! It looks like you really enjoyed it.
    Beautiful photos !
    xx,
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  49. I have never been here but the place looks stunning; cobbled streets have a calming effect of me too hehe. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures <3
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  50. It looks absolutely wonderful, especially with the mountains in the distance! So picturesque. And you, of course, look stunning as usual!

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  51. oh wow, it looks so super amazing and beautiful <3 I want to visit it :) i love France, everything is so beautiful and pretty somehow different than in other countires of europe :)
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  52. love this! giving me serious wanderlust
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  53. Gabrielle, this looks like a fantasy dream - wow!
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  54. This place is so idyllic! I agree with you that it's great to see a place evolve but you never want it to loose it's charm or personality because of it.

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  55. I've not been to Annecy before, but it looks lovely. I normally head from Calais to Paris, and only visited a few cities in between, yet after seeing this, I have added it to my list!
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  56. Lovely landscape photos! I have never been to Annecy, but I love its authentic charm which came through in the photos. I love the sight of mountains too. I saw loads whilst in Nevada. They always seem surreal to me.

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  57. Lovely landscape photos! I have never been to Annecy, but I love its authentic charm which came through in the photos. I love the sight of mountains too. I saw loads whilst in Nevada. They always seem surreal to me.

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  58. How beautiful! Im glad it lived up to your memories... it looks stunning :)
    xoxo

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  59. Wow this is so colourful! and classy with such life. That food looks amazing and the place is just so perfect. You could get lost in this magical place. Love with the time spent you made the most in a stunning way. Loved this post so much I just love to travel as well. :) http://www.bauchlefashion.com

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  60. Looks beautiful!! Ahhhh it looks like right out of a Disney movie!

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  61. This looks so beautiful! Definitely adding this place to my travel bucket list!

    xx

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  62. beautiful photos!! thanks for sharing!

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  63. Looks like the perfect place to be! It's such a cute little town - If I ever come across, I would love to visit. Thanks for sharing beautiful <3

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  64. What a beautiful picturesque place to visit, and it sounds like you had a great time there :)


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  65. the place looks and sounds fabulous <3 aaah #someday

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  66. Omgosh this place is absolutely charming and picture perfect!I wouldn't want this place to change much either!

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  67. It looks so gorgeous. My boyfriend's sister lives there and I need to visit this pretty city soon!

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  68. Developing is good, however some places should always the same! Untouched beauty of these places attracts the visitors so I hope this place will always stay the same. Annecy looks beautiful! Also never seen umbrellas on the river before, different but a good idea :) x

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  69. Super fancy place dear!
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  70. Very beautiful town, colourful and vibrant. You look like you had a great time and who wouldn't be :)

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  71. Love this! Great job on creating this post.

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  72. angelic beauty Gabrielle!!! and those views! super stunning!
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  73. I am so jelly because living in the UK means that you can travel around very easily. I am back home in Asia now so I have to fly across the world hehe. Keep it coming girl, I love the travel diary!

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  74. You surely have enjoyed the summer, gurl. I haven't been to France before, and its definitely on my bucket list now. You've sold me on the place. Great shots as always and that ice cream....oh myy!

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  75. These photos are gorgeous! Love it :)

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  76. Aww Annecy looks absolutely magical and mesmerising Gabrielle! I'm so happy you had such a lovely time, it really looks so enchanting and unique, not to mention picturesque. Also eyeing up all that delicious cheese, and without a doubt the beautiful mountains. Don't blame you at all for gravitating towards your balcony, such a stunningly pretty starry view! <3

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  77. Annecy looks beautiful! It looks like you had a lovely time and beautiful photos as always! :) xx

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  78. Such beautiful photos Gabrielle! So lovely xx
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  79. As I said to you on Twitter, girrrrl you have given me total wanderlust!!! What an absolutely gorgeous place! It's now most definitely on my 'must-visit' list! Hope you've enjoyed your travels darling, your photos are AMAZING xxx

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  80. such a lovely place to be. great pics
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  81. This is absolutely gorgeous - you look stunning and I love these photos, sometimes it's nice just to get away a little bit - beautiful photos hun, absolutely love this! :)

    Layla xx

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  82. Annecy is such a beautiful place! Love your photos!!!

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