Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Annecy under the snow

Our town is just barely at 1,600 feet elevation and so doesn't see snow all too often through the season. This makes it an extra special event every time we get it and today was such a day.
Annecy is an old town with medieval roots and used to be the “capital” of Savoy. It is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in the French alps. Today the town has a population of about 52,000 and is part of a wider metro area of in excess of 200,000 inhabitants but these are geographically quite widely spread.
Here are the pictures (click to enlarge):

The towers in the upper eft corner is Palais de l'Isle is a castle built in 1132
in the center of the Thiou canal. It was the primary residence of the Lord
 of Annecy (Duc de Savoie) as early as the 12th century
This castle was built between the 12th and 16th centuries. It served as the 
residence of the Dukes of Genevois-Nemours.  
Bridge over not so troubled waters.
This one is mainly there for the snow...
Took this glorious shot this morning on a tour on the way up to the Col de Balme.
...still at 2,000 m (6,500 feet) - 1.50 m is five feet...

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