The two sides of Annecy

In Annecy, a random change of perspective made me re-consider my whole impression of the place. I was drawn to Annecy after people told me of the turquoise waters of its lake, its beautiful mountain landscape and its fantastic outdoor sport scene. As I drew closer, all I saw was a town built around cars.Continue reading “The two sides of Annecy”

The land of Cockayne?

The land of Cockayne (“le pays de Cocagne”) is a utopic country of endless plenty and rest, a kind of paradise for the medieval peasant. If you ask a French person where it is, almost half would situate it in the South-West. It might be because of the similarity between the words “Cocagne” and “Gascogne”.Continue reading “The land of Cockayne?”