Thursday, February 21, 2013

Annecy's Thiou Canal

Mike and I took a two-week road trip through Italy, Monaco, France, Spain,
England, and Belgium this past September.
You can read our other road trip posts about this trip here.
Or, see all our travel posts here.

We found lots of interesting things in Annecy's Thiou Canal: clumsy birds, umbrellas, coins, hungry swans, even a palace.

first try

second try


The palace in Thiou Canal is Palais de l'Isle, to be exact. It was built in 1132, and throughout its long history it has been home to the Lord of Annecy, housed the Count of Geneva's administrative headquarters, a courthouse, a mint, a jail from the Middle ages until 1865, and again served as a jail during World War II.

Today it is a history museum surrounded by picturesque cafes, restaurants, and the friendliest water fowl.

It's not hard to see why Annecy is also known as the Venice of the Alps. (And - bonus! - it's canals are cleaner.)

- Jess


  1. I know I already said this in your last post, but Annecy is SO beautiful! And I love that it's a bit off the beaten track and not so filled with tourists. I have to see it one day for myself :)


    1. It was such a great surprise, you definitely should! The cool thing about it is that there's a lot to see and do in all seasons too.

  2. It looks like it's out of a storybook! So, so pretty!

    And friendly waterfowl as opposed to those pushy Versailles swans ;)

    1. I know, right?! I have this theory that the more tourists around, the meaner the birds :)

  3. So gorgeous. Looks like a fairytale. Love your photos!

  4. I'd never even heard of Annecy until now. I guess it just has to go on the list now :)


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