One day in Annecy, France for AIAFF

One Day in Annecy for the AIAFF
Situated under cartoon-like clouds over the French Alps, the pure blue waters of Lac D’Annecy reflect cute medieval castles, framed by snow-capped mountains. Sounds like a fantasy? It is no wonder that Annecy was a key source of inspiration for Walt Disney.

Such as its heritage, it’s become the international spiritual capital of animation. Animation aficionados descend on the fairytale lakeside town in the Rhone-Alps region of France for the annual Annecy International Animated Film Festival. If you make the pilgrimage to “The Venice of Savoy”, be sure to wander the enchanting streets and create your own fairytale day in Annecy. Full gallery on Flickr >

Thiou River, Annecy

Thiou River, Annecy

Sights

Palais de l’Isle

Sitting on a an island in the Canal du Thiou, 12th-century building has had a colourful history as the headquarters of Count of Geneva, a courthouse, mint and prison over the centuries. Palais de l’Isle is Annecy’s most iconic landmark and holds exhibits on local architecture.
3 Passage de l’Île. | web

Palais de l'Isle, Annecy

Palais de l’Isle on the Canal du Thiou

Le Musée-Château d’Annecy

Château d’Annecy was built between the 12th and 16th century, the long build resulted in a unique style of medieval architecture. Originally the residence of the Counts of Geneva, after years of abandonment and restoration, it is now an art gallery and museum, often holding major exhibits during AIAFF – however the architecture alone is worth the entrance fee.
1 Place du Château. | web

Château d’Annecy

Château d’Annecy

Sepulchre Gate

Gorgeous medieval arch gate on Rue Sainte-Claire played an important role in securing the defense of the city in the Middle Ages.
Rue Sainte-Claire.

Sepulchre Gate

Sepulchre Gate

St Francis de Sales Church

Situated opposite Palais de l’Isle, constructed in 1614 in the Lombard Baroque architecture style, the Roman Catholic is at odds against the predominantly medieval town. The interior is bright and cheerful, a beautifully paired-back take on Baroque.
4 Place Saint-Maurice.

St Francis de Sales Church

St Francis de Sales Church

Food

Chez Mamie Lise

Situated a couple of streets back from the main thoroughfare of the caffes along the canal, this cute provincial-style restaurant serves traditional French-Savoy food with a menu changing seasonally. I visited during Summer and had a Ravioli Truffle Gratin, best main meal of my life!
11 Rue Grenette. | web

Chez Mamie Lise

Chez Mamie Lise

Boulangerie artisanale à Annecy

Lovely little bakery, selling a wide range of breads and pastries at reasonable prices, great for a light meal on a budget.
Address. | web

Boulangerie Artisanale

Pralinettes at Boulangerie Artisanale

231 East St Gourmet Burgers

American-style diner serving gourmet burgers, fries and drinks with a French finesse.
9 Faubourg Sainte-Claire. | web

Pop art Andy Warhol prints at 231 East St Gourmet Burgers

Pop art Andy Warhol prints at 231 East St Gourmet Burgers

Glacier Perriere

Gourmet gelato store serving over 50 different flavours of gelato and icecream.
15 rue Sainte-Claire. | web

50+ icecream flavours at Glacier Perriere

50+ icecream flavours at Glacier Perriere

Shop

Eclectik Boutique

Quirky second-hand clothing store, selling retro and modern fashion at reasonable prices.
7 Faubourg des Annonciades. | web

Eclectik Boutique

Vintage fashion at Eclectik Boutique

To Do

Annecy International Animated Film Festival

The annual AIAFF began in 1960 in Annecy, takes place June 15-20th, 2015. Attend seminars some of the most well renowned animators, meet comic book artists, get inspired by the array of exhibitions around town or enjoy the latest films at the outdoor cinema.
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Artist signing at AIAFF

Artist signing at AIAFF

Compagnie des bateaux du lac d’Annecy – Boat Cruise

Take a one or two hour boat cruise around Lake Annecy, to fully appreciate the cleanest lake in France, see the stunning landscapes of the French Alps and whimsical medieval castles.
2 Place aux bois. | web

Cruising around Lake Annecy

Cruising around Lake Annecy

For more Annecy travel inspiration, check out the full gallery on Flickr >

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