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Lake Annecy, France

The heart of the French town of Annecy might be its pretty old town, but its lungs are the lake. It’s here that local residents and visitors get outside and get active – running and cycling on lakeside paths, sailing and kayaking on the water or swimming in it. Or if that’s all too energetic you can just soak up the fresh air on one of the boat cruises that tour around the lake. Lake Annecy was formed by melting glaciers 18,000 years ago and the clear waters still flow in from surrounding Alpine rivers and springs. It’s surrounded by mountains with 24 small towns and villages scattered along its shores. There’s Menthon-Saint-Bernard with its castle built up on a rocky crag or Talloires with its abbey-turned-hotel. But I found my dream lakeside holiday spot at Château Ruphy, a mini castle built on a thin strip of land jutting out into the lake.

Lake Annecy pier
Lake Annecy, France
Boat on Lake Annecy
Lake Annecy, France
Château Ruphy
Mountains around the lake

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    http://theenglishprofessoratlarge.com
    April 7, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    It’s a dream town. Love that lake.

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      Lucy
      April 8, 2015 at 9:48 am

      It’s such a nice setting – and the small size means you’re only a couple of minutes’ walk from the old town too.

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    The Vagabond Baker
    April 7, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    What a gorgeous location for a hotel, the lake gently lapping at its feet!

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      Lucy
      April 8, 2015 at 9:47 am

      Not a bad spot at all! Must be such a nice lifestyle living there – skiing in the winter, swimming in the lake in the summer.

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        The Vagabond Baker
        April 8, 2015 at 10:25 am

        Yes! It reminds me a little of Konstanz, that whole lakeside/mountain living!

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    Hannah (@AdventureHan)
    April 7, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    I love Annecy, so pretty and you’ve captured its beauty! I used to live in Grenoble not too far away and visited on several occasions!

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      Lucy
      April 8, 2015 at 9:45 am

      It is a beautiful place – and region, you must’ve been spoilt for choice for scenic spots living in Grenoble!

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    Hedgers Abroad
    April 8, 2015 at 4:08 am

    Love your photos. Looks like a great place to get away. I also really like how you scroll over your pictures and it gives you an option to “pin” to Pinterest. Really smart! Is that a special code you used?

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      Lucy
      April 8, 2015 at 9:44 am

      Thanks, yes it’s a lovely relaxing spot! The Pin It button is a WordPress plugin called jQuery Pin It Button For Images – there are a few of them but I liked this one as you can create your own button image. You do need WordPress.org though as you can’t add plugins on WordPress.com.

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        Hedgers Abroad
        April 8, 2015 at 2:13 pm

        Ahh I see. Thanks for the heads up! We have been considering making the switch to .org recently. All the extra widgets and control are just too good to ignore!

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          Lucy
          April 8, 2015 at 7:40 pm

          The process is a bit of a fiddle but the benefits and flexibility definitely make it worth it. Just don’t do what I did and wait three years then have 300 posts that you have to resize every photo for!

          • Hedgers Abroad
            April 9, 2015 at 1:14 am

            Oh jeez. That does sound like the worst. I just did that with my cover photos for our new layout. Such a pain.

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    Nina
    April 8, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Gorgeous photos. I have a friend from Annecy, but have never visited. Now you have me inspired.

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      Lucy
      April 8, 2015 at 9:46 am

      You’ll definitely have to visit in that case!

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    kashacapetown
    April 8, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Oh my goodness – how beautiful are those landscapes?! I definitely need to get to Annecy this year 🙂

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      Lucy
      April 9, 2015 at 11:28 am

      It is so beautiful – well recommended, and easy enough to get to (Eurostar to Paris then about 3 hours 45 mins by train).

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    Suzanne Jones
    April 8, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Beautiful photos of Annecy Lake – that little castle is lovely – imagine waking up and looking out of the window over that lake. Sigh!

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      Lucy
      April 9, 2015 at 11:30 am

      Totally idyllic spot isn’t it!

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    suitcasebunny
    April 13, 2015 at 10:51 am

    We actually went through Annecy on the drive back to the airport from the 3 vallees ski resort. It looked so pretty, I would have stopped for lunch if we didn’t have a plane to catch. Might have to take a trip back there!

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      Lucy
      April 13, 2015 at 10:13 pm

      It’d be a great stopover on the way to the slopes, bit of a change of scene from the mountains abut really close by!

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    Kamila Pala
    April 22, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Beautiful set of photos from amazing location! We have been there before couple of years…thanks for reminding me my great memories 🙂 Bye. Kamila

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      Lucy
      April 22, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      Glad to bring back some good memories Kamila!

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