Tucked away in the French Alps not far from both Switzerland and Northern Italy lies one of the most unique places that I’ve ever stumbled upon. Annecy lies at the edge of lake Annecy, whose tranquil waters sparkle a brilliant teal with its rocky base and feeding from the surrounding majestic mountains. The Old Town is alive with winding cobblestone streets that house centuries old buildings whose arcades shade rows of cafes and market vendors. I knew we were in for a unique experience when our Airbnb host greeted us and walked us up the 98 steps (with luggage) to our renovated flat in the Old Town.
Our first full day in Annecy we had to do the two hour lake cruise to get relief from the heat and take in the majestic beauty of the Alps. From there we also discovered the impressive park system along the lake and nearby beaches. Every day was a discovery of morning markets along the canals and evening strolls through the park and arcades. Tuesday evening we were drawn outside by loud music, only to learn the entire city was filled with live music. Everything from rock, rap, to soulful jazz and a brass band. As soon as one sound faded a new sound emerged accompanied with large crowds.
So now at the new destination in Cannes as I enter this and Zhen draws her next painting. Not the easiest entry, required a bus, two trains, got lost trying to find the car rental in Cannes, crazy drivers, and an incomplete GPS. But that another story for another post. Bonjour!
Author - Andrew Bajda
Since publication of my book in December of 2016, so many amazing things have happened on both a personal and professional level. As the journey continues to evolve, I'll update my travel adventures on this blog, and invite you to join me along the way.