My family and I decided to use the French town of Annecy as a stop on a drive to a holiday in Brittany. We had been told it was a beautiful, medieval town along Lake Annecy in the Haut Savoie region.

We absolutely loved our weekend trip to charming Annecy and can’t wait to get back for a longer visit. The walks around the winding medieval streets and along the canals are beautiful and lovely Lake Annecy is just a short stroll away from the old town.

We absolutely loved our weekend trip to charming Annecy and can’t wait to get back for a longer visit. The walks around the winding medieval streets and along the canals are beautiful and lovely Lake Annecy is just a short stroll away from the old town.

No visit to Annecy is complete without some shopping the Sunday Market in Annecy’s vielle ville (old town). The Michelin Green Guide calls it the best market in France. We were skeptical – France has so many wonderful markets – but after our Sunday of wandering the colorful stalls in the winding streets of this idyllic mountain town, we had to agree.

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The stalls are packed tight through the narrow streets of the old town, making foot traffic slow. But who’s in a rush with so many colors to delight the eye and delicacies to tempt the stomach?

No visitor should leave Annecy without tasting the reblochon cheese for which the region is famous, Try it in the regional dish of tartiflette (ready for it? Potatoes, reblochon cheese, cream and lard. Yes- it is literally a block of cheese in your stomach, but it’s delicious.) Fondue is another popular dish.

I highly recommend a trip to this picture perfect town. I think an ideal visit would be to spend some time in charming Annecy, enjoying the architecture, nature, hiking and wonderful cuisine.

This would make an ideal base for exploring other lovely towns of the beautiful Haut Savoie region.

At least there are lots of great hiking trails in the surrounding mountains to make up for all the tartiflette you’ll be eating…