Annecy - The Pearl of Savoie
I had the pleasure of visiting a place in France called Annecy. I only had a short time for site seeing, but it was wonderful! I encourage everybody, if able, to visit this cute town! In the mean time, here are some wiki facts, and some more photos of the place..
Annecy is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It lies on northern tip of Lake Annecy (Lac d'Annecy), and is located between Geneva and Chambéry.
Thus its history was strongly influenced by these two towns between the 10th and the 19th century. Starting as the capital of the county of Geneva, after the demise of the counts of Geneva, it became integrated into the House of Savoy's possessions in 1401. In 1444, it was set up by the Princes of Savoy as the capital of a region covering the possessions of the Genevois, Faucigny and Beaufortain. With the advance of Calvinism in 1535, it became a center for the Counter-Reformation and the bishop's see of Geneva was transferred here.
During the French Revolution, the Savoy region was conquered by France and Annecy became attached to the département of Mont Blanc, of which capital was Chambéry. After the Bourbon Restoration in 1815, it was returned to the Kingdom of Sardinia (heir of the Duchy of Savoy). When Savoy was sold to France in 1860, it became the capital of the new département of Haute-Savoie.