Monday, October 30, 2006
Sunday in Annecy
We spent Sunday visiting Annecy with members of the family who have an apartment on the lake at Talloires. The photos just don't do this beautiful city justice. As we drove through the city and saw the lake for the first time, it was obvious this was a very special place. It was buzzing and alive too, whereas Geneva is very quiet on a Sunday - no Sunday shopping allowed there! Above is the old prison or Palais de l'Isle. We walked past the cafes and shop fronts on the right on our way to see the Sunday market.
One of the buildings in front of the prison.
The view looking back towards the lake, with the mountains that surround it in the background.
The view towards the lake from the other side of the prison.
It seemed very quiet, no sign of what was to come.
There were photo opportunities everywhere I looked. The reflections were wonderful.
A glimpse of the crowds on the bridge beyond. As we walked through the arch and around the corner we saw the many stalls - and the crowds!
This photo was taken on the way back.
This, I think, gives you an idea of just how many people were there. Every tiny street and every bridge was covered with people, squeezing past each other past the stalls selling food, clothes, toys, books nic-naks,shoes etc. The food stalls were absolutely amazing and the highlight for me. Such a variety of cheeses, meats, breads, fruits, vegetables - it was heaven! I thought nothing could beat the range of olives I saw in Kuwait but here there were so many. I find it strange that Geneva, being so close to France, has such a (comparatively) poor choice of meats and cheeses. But here they all are, about an hours drive away! Mark and I resolved to get our Swiss licences tout suite!
I have so many photos, I'll have to post them in batches but tomorrow I will show you the market, the olives and the strange thing that I was tempted to buy!