Annecy, France: The Venice of the Alps // WANDERLUST WEDNESDAY

Last week, I found myself smack in the middle of a scene that most American girls only fantasize about: at a hipster speak easy in the company of a charming Frenchman. He regaled me with photos from his hometown: Annecy, France. “The Venice of the Alps”, he claimed. I was naturally skeptical, but after seeing just a few thumbnails on his iPhone I was floored. HOW DOES THIS PLACE EXIST?!, I wondered.

And with that, an idea for a new series on this blog was sparked: Wanderlust Wednesday! On Wednesdays (maybe every week, maybe not) I’ll share a few of the most beautiful photos I can find of a place I’m just aching to visit someday.

Annecy, France

Photo credit: MaxLightCapture on Flickr (edited by me)

Have you ever even heard of Annecy? A mere 25 miles south of Geneva, this town is just past the Swiss border in east-central France. Like Geneva, it sits on a lake in the mountains; but UNLIKE Geneva, it has canals winding through its Old Town.

Just looking at pictures of Annecy, I see other beautiful cities within this one town: pastel-colored facades like in Cartagena; bike-lined canals like in Amsterdam; a glowing blue lake amidst the mountains like in New Zealand. And if the ridiculous scenery isn’t enough to lure you, how about the abundance of outdoor activities on offer? Paragliding, dogsledding, and boating, just to name a few.

It’s long been a mystery to me why I’ve yet to visit France, especially after 6 trips to Europe – and with my recent discovery of Annecy, I’d say it’s jumped in the rankings on my (hypothetical) bucket list.

Annecy, France

Photo credit: zastavki.com (edited by me)

Annecy, France

Photo credit: Xcite Fun (edited by me)

Lindsay Buckley is the photographer and travel blogger behind Frugal Frolicker. She's a New Yorker currently based in Sydney, Australia, documenting outdoor travel experiences Down Under and beyond. Follow along with Lindsay's travel photography on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to sign up for the monthly Frugal Frolicker newsletter!

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  • Must. Go. Good thing I just landed in the neighboring country ;) Love the idea of this new series!

    • lindsaypunk

      YESSSSSS you definitely should! I mean, you’re like RIGHT there, a quick hop from BCN I’m sure :D

  • Wonderful photos, Lindsay! Came so close to staying in Annecy instead of Geneva when I had a layover there in March. Now I wish I would have!

    • lindsaypunk

      Thank you! I can’t take credit for them, as I didn’t actually take these photos (just found them and edited them) – but I do agree that they make Annecy look gorgeous! Bummer that you opted to stay elsewhere, but I’m sure it was easier to get to Geneva, no?

      • Oh yeah. It would have been a total waste of time for that short layover. Plus, I got to meet up with a friend in Geneva that I hadn’t seen in 10 years. Worked out well in the end :) Will have to save it for next time. Still haven’t been to France other than in the “France sector” in Geneva Airport. It’s long overdue!

        • lindsaypunk

          Tell me about it! I’m also long overdue for a visit to France. How have I still not managed to get there after all these years?!

          • We’re in slim company: the only two travel bloggers in the world who’ve never been to France! Lol

  • I have never ever heard of it but now I really would like to go and check it out! Thanks for adding something to my list of places to see!

    • lindsaypunk

      Right? Who knew this existed! Happy to inspire :)