Photographer's Note

It's said to be the most photographed in France! The 'Palais de l'isle' situated in the middle of the Thiou canal in the beautiful city of Annecy. And mostly photographed at night as well!

Annecy is situated 45kms/28mi south of Geneva in lovely Alpine surroundings with mountains reaching 2350m/7710ft [La Tournette]. These mountains - together with an underwater spring - provides a steady flow of water to the Annecy Lake [Lac d'Annecy]. The lake's only and natural weir is the Thiou canal, that merges with the rivers Fier and Rhône ending in the Mediterranean.

Palais de l'isle - initially serving as the governor's residence in the 12th century - was finally used as a jail and doomed to be demolished at the end of the 19th century. Luckily it was saved by a classification as a Historical Monument and today houses exhibitions of various kinds.

The impact of tourism in Annecy is great and resulting in a lot of quayside restaurants, street musicians and easel-painting artists of various quality in a pedestrian precinct lined with craft and antique shops. So we left the next day - the 14th of July, being France's national holiday - which perhaps was a pity...

The title 'Savoyard Venise' is coined by the artists.

Scanned at 600dpi; transformed for distortion and slightly cropped; adjusted brightness -5, contrast +5, saturation +10 and in yellows -20; resized for TE; ran NeatImage; sharpened and faded to 75%; framed and saved for Web.

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Additional Photos by Kaj Nordstrom (kajenn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 240 N: 849] (2454)
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