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Annecy-one of France's most lovely Alpine villages

12th century Palais de l'Isle is one of the most photographed spots in France

12th century Palais de l'Isle is one of the most photographed spots in France

The Jardins del Europe are planted with 100s of huge trees from around the world; miles of footpaths with gorgeous views of the lake and mountains

The Jardins del Europe are planted with 100s of huge trees from around the world; miles of footpaths with gorgeous views of the lake and mountains

The Tour de France has held stages here; paragliding is popular as are trail running and the annual swim across the lake

The Tour de France has held stages here; paragliding is popular as are trail running and the annual swim across the lake

City Hall; Annecy was among the bidders for the 2018 Winter Olympics

City Hall; Annecy was among the bidders for the 2018 Winter Olympics

Sometimes called Venice of the Alps for its miles of beautiful canals; photographers love Annecy

Sometimes called Venice of the Alps for its miles of beautiful canals; photographers love Annecy

Lee hadn't visited Annecy before so I was happy to show him around this unique French city

Lee hadn't visited Annecy before so I was happy to show him around this unique French city

The Sainte-Claire gate protected the old town in medieval times

The Sainte-Claire gate protected the old town in medieval times

Annecy Castle was built between the 12th and 16th centuries; since the 1950s it has housed an art museum

Annecy Castle was built between the 12th and 16th centuries; since the 1950s it has housed an art museum

Less than an hour from Geneva, Annecy is known as the Pearl of the French Alps

Less than an hour from Geneva, Annecy is known as the Pearl of the French Alps

We visited on Sunday morning so many sights weren't open but plenty of people were out for a scenic walk

We visited on Sunday morning so many sights weren't open but plenty of people were out for a scenic walk

Lake Annecy feeds the Thiou River; the city has only 50,000 people but the metro area has 220,000

Lake Annecy feeds the Thiou River; the city has only 50,000 people but the metro area has 220,000

Annecy was a refreshing change after more than 2 weeks in Morocco

Annecy was a refreshing change after more than 2 weeks in Morocco

16th century St. Pierre Cathedral is built atop some of the canals; the tower was added in the 19th century

16th century St. Pierre Cathedral is built atop some of the canals; the tower was added in the 19th century

One of France's prettiest medieval cities lies on Europe's cleanest lake but I couldn't coax Lee into taking a dip

One of France's prettiest medieval cities lies on Europe's cleanest lake but I couldn't coax Lee into taking a dip

Lover's Bridge is in the distance right before the canal enters Lac Annecy

Lover's Bridge is in the distance right before the canal enters Lac Annecy

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