One of the great things about Annecy is how quickly it sprouts from a wintery, quiet town into a lively hive of activity. By May, vibrant flower pots line the gushing canals, and the ice cream shops already have queues of people shuffling sideways to see what flavours are on offer.
You might remember that I wrote about the old highway signpost in the pedestrianised zone of Annecy. This has prompted me to look up around town more, and I’ve already seen a few interesting things. I snapped this photo a week later on one of the rare blue-sky days in May. The weather was so agreeable that these two guys decided to have their lunch on the balcony, surrounded by lots of flowers and streaming sunshine.
The pedestrians at ground level walked on, unaware of the guys on the balcony watching them pass every now and then. They looked over at me when I got my obvious SLR out of my bag to line up a photo. I smiled and they returned the gesture, apparently not bothered by the lens, and turning their attentions back to their conversation. Their reaction is the type of laid-back feeling I love in Annecy at this time of year, before it’s swamped with summer visitors, but warm enough for the locals to enjoy.
The only downside is that the lake is still far too cold for this Australian to even dip a toe in. This year, I’ve solved that problem: I’m off to Greece and various other places for a month! I’ll still be posting some blog entries, which I’m madly preparing before I leave. So sit back like these guys and enjoy the upcoming views and stories.