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Annecy:  The Perfect Holiday

Arnie Greenberg

Imagine three days in a suite looking out on a crystal clear lake below rocky or snow covered mountains,  that seemed to reach for the clouds. At night, as the mountains darken, glittering lights flicker near the water.

It’s like living in a dream and the thousands of visitors who come here often is a testament to its beauty and serenity.

Our hotel was the Hotel Beauregard, arranged by the Tourist office,

 True, it’s a touristy, overpriced place, where Swiss people come for their holidays, but I know no other place and offers as much as this once quaint town that is growing daily.

We checked into our lakeside hotel and I savoured my cold drink as I took in the spectacular view. Three star hotels have it all. There's a lift, air conditioning, parking and a covered balcony. Yes, the price is right and I look forward to a cool , June night. A walk in the busy streets of the old town was a feast for the eyes, with restaurants, bars an d parks filled with visitors from many lands. At one bridge we discovered a nice young Russian man, able to converse in English. He was one of the street artists and we got into a discussion.  Vladimir Pavleev and his wife offered art at a reasonable price and I can never say no to promising artists. What I will take home is the perfect souvenir. If you are in Annecy, you may bump into him. If not, you can go to his web site at or write to him for ideas of his work at

His work will now hang on our wall.   

There are guided tours of the old town or boat rides on the shinny lake. Ice cream is king and there are children everywhere. Even a slow drive around the lake is a positive event, even with bumper bumper traffic at times.

Peanut Cloud

 Restaurants Shopping bargains… next to Palais de I’lle (old prison)

But life is strange. It’s certainly a small world. This weekend we are going to see friends in Culoz where Gertrude Stein once lived. But as we walked in the old city, we were reminded that our friend’s son; a doctor in Annecy was expecting a call from us. lo and behold, my wife looked down at a young couple, and there was the young doctor, Arnaud, having dinner with a friend. He was the only person we knew, and there he was. We'll dine with him tomorrow at our hotel

.Yes, Annecy has changed but there are so many things to remember.

One can rent a bicycle and drive as far as time permits. Annecy is also a walking city. Parking is another story.

I’ve been dreaming of this gem since my last vist. Hopefully my next holiday here will be soon.


Story by Arnie Greenberg:

You can Contact Professor Arnie Greenberg at


Over the past few years, Professor Greenberg has traveled with groups to France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg, Prague and both Sorrento and the Bay of Naples plus most of Sicily. His tours traveled to the far reaches of the globe including Italy and most of China (Beijing -Hong Kong) and to Russia where his group cruised the waters from St.Petersburg to Moscow. 

"He took a group to Greece and another to northern Russia. In Nov 07 he took a tour group to much of India and ended his tour groups by revisiting France. He now travels with his wife and friends. They winter in Argentina or San Miguel Mexico.  His newly found spare time is taken up with his painting and writing. "I must write every day." His current work is a cautionary manual for would-be tour leaders..  "So You Want To Be A Tour Leader." 

Arnie now travels with friends. He continues writing Travel articles about unusual places but often concentrates on novel writing. Two books based on French Art will be published this year.  Keep reading his web for travel ideas.  His next novel HELLSTORM'S Folly, will be available this fall. He now lives in British Columbia.

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