This will probably be my last post from Annecy as I am leaving after the animated film festival next week. Even before I leave, I can already say that this was a worthwhile experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. This incredible city, the nature around it, the beautiful language I got to speak, and – most importantly – all the people I met in my class, made this an unforgettable 9 months of my life. I truly hope to cross paths with my classmates, and I wish each and everyone the very best. As for me, I am happy to be returning home, to the San Francisco Bay Area, where I will be surrounded by family and old friends.
Below are some photos from the spring and summer in Annecy and the surrounding areas.
Annecy, tu me manqueras.
Paragliding – called Parapont – is a very popular sport in the region
Annecy, you’re so beautiful. Just stop it!
Ducks being ducks
My favorite church in dowtown Annecy – Église Notre-Dame-de-Liesse
Around noon, the lighting from the stained glass is incredible
Spring and the Basilique de la Visitation – visible from everywhere in Annecy, day and night
Pedal boats are out = summer is back!
One of the chateaus on the lake. Every town around the lake has one.
You may recall a snowy version of this photo
I decided to bike up to the Chateau Methon-Saint-Bernard and saw a bunch of animals on the way up
Saint-Bernard cat hunting me
Saint-Bernard donkey chewing grass
Approaching the chateau
Chateau Saint-Bernard de Menthon. The first time I went it wasn’t yet open for the summer (May 1st is when it opens)
Yes, the dogs were named after him because he rescued people who were stranded in the Alps
The lake as seen from the castle
Apparently the dogs did not have liquor in their neck barrels
Inner courtyard of the castle
Inside the castle
Sending hot food by rail from the kitchen
You can make out the paragliders in the distance!
Beautiful views from the chateau
Keys to every room in the chateau
We decided to take a little trip into the Alps and specifically Mont Blanc, the tallest peak in Europe. Here is our arrival at charming Chamonix
The lift that goes up to the observation station – Aiguille du Midi
The observation station – Aiguille du Midi (3,842 m/12,605 ft)
View from Aiguille du Midi – that’s Chamonix
Back to Chamonix, where we took a walk
Best facial expression
Chamonix Macarons – not to be confused with Macaroons!
Last few miscellaneous photos follow… Swans all around Annecy would go into this inverted pose with their butts sticking up and out of the water. I had never seen it before!
There was a circus in town…
Hence the non-native animals
Landing a parachute
Crozets (tiny pasta squares) with the required slab of melted cheese on top
A brief morning in Geneva, sending off my friends
It was around 8am and the lake was untouched
The lighthouse on Lake Geneva
I saw people carrying trays of food, and got one of my own. A meditative breakfast on the lake.
On the road between Annecy and Geneva is Santa Claus’s house, apparently! A pretty elaborately-constructed little village.