Annecy, France (June 4, 2017)

Last weekend was a long holiday weekend so we decided to do a day trip to Annecy which is about an hour drive from our house.  We packed up lunches for a picnic and set off to hopefully see a castle (a promise to the kids).  We left with no plans and just started driving.  For someone as Type A as me, I was a bit concerned, but somehow we stumbled upon the Chateau d'Annecy and found a perfect parking spot in a nearby garage.  We sat outside the Chateau and had a great picnic lunch - even the locals gave us a thumbs up!





The Chateau was a really great find.  It was part contemporary art museum, part history museum.  And at $11 for all of us - it was a steal (especially when you consider that the bathroom was immaculate and with 3 little kids that's worth $11!).



The Chateau is situated at the top of a hill and overlooks the city.   The views were spectacular!


For those of you interested in history, here is an excerpt from the museum brochure:
"The Annecy Castle was listed as a Historical Monument in 1902.  It was the residence of the Counts of Geneva until 1394.  Numerous transformations during the 15th and 16th centuries gave the castle its unique appearance, a blend of medieval defensive architecture and elegance in the French renaissance style.  Abandoned as a residence in the 17th century, it was used as a military barracks until 1947.  The Castle was acquired by the Town of Annecy in 1953.  The first exhibition was launched three years later, and was the start of a new era for the former royal palace, which was since been dedicated to culture."

After exploring the Castle we ventured down a very steep cobblestone pedestrian street to the "old town" which was alive with little restaurants and shops.  We stopped for gelato before heading back to the car.   

This will not be our last trip to Annecy - we have much more to explore!

Last but not least, does anyone else find this as hilarious as Will and I?

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