“A” is for Alpage

“A” is for Alpage

A is for Alpage and Annecy and animal parade. The Alpage in the Rhone-Alps region of France features all 3.

The ‘Retour de l’ Alpage’ is an annual event that celebrates the return of the animals descending from the Alpine mountains to the villages during Autumn.

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the event, which officially started in 1973!

The animals have spent the summer months enjoying the mountain air and the green pastures in the region. They eat the wild flowers and herbs that add specific flavor to the

Au Fidèle Berger in Annecy, France – Celebrating 100 Years!

Au Fidèle Berger in Annecy, France – Celebrating 100 Years!

When I first arrived in Annecy without any French language, and in need of prescription glasses, I noted Au Fidèle Berger, as a land mark.

Conveniently located on the corner of 2 Rue Royale, in the center of Annecy, this location was were I could remember how far the lake was, how far the bus was, and not be too lost. The windows were welcoming, the outdoor tables, charming and the name read, “the faithful burger.”

While that may seem insulting now that I know the actual name and meaning, at the time it was endearing.  I was homesick and seeing the ‘faithful burger’ made me smile.

After I got some much needed reading glasses, and visited inside, I realized that my faithful burger landmark was ‘Au Fidèle Berger‘. This translates to “the faithful shepherd.”  This is no ordinary chocolatier or patisserie, this is an Annecy landmark.

French Patisserie Au fidele berger

Au Fidèle Berger is to Annecy what La Durée is to Paris. While it is

French Floral Arrangements – Cours d’Art Floral

French Floral Arrangements – Cours d’Art Floral
Cours d'Art Floral Brison Saint Innocent, France

All towns in France have a Mairie, the town hall and Mayor’s office that is often located in the center of the town and usually has a church close by. In fact, if you select a town without an address (just the city) on a GPS in France, it will take you to the Mairie. The Mairie is responsible for governance of the town as well as culture and community. Usually, there is a benevolent, aka, volunteers that form associations and propose and approve activities.

These activities range from celebrations like the ‘fête nationale’, Bastille Day on July 14th, and ‘vide-greniers et brocantes’, a big neighborhood garage sale, music concerts, sport activities such as yoga and walking groups, as well as workshops. If you’re lucky, the French town will offer many activities.

‘Mon petit village’ in the French Alps recently offered a Cours d’Art Floral that translates to a floral art course. I immediately signed up, as

Vivre à Annecy Magazine – An American in Annecy

Vivre à Annecy Magazine – An American in Annecy
An American in Annecy Vivre à Annecy Carey Taylor - Le Prince

How did I get here?  An American in Annecy, France.  Really happy to be featured in Vivre à Annecy magazine!

Vivre à Annecy Magazine featuring Carey Taylor - Le Prince

Vivre à Annecy Magazine featuring Carey Taylor – Le Prince

If you didn’t pick up the edition,  you can read the article here!  PDF Link: carey-taylor- Vivre à Annecy

Vivrè a Annecy is part of Le Dauphinè.

An American in Annecy Vivre à Annecy Carey Taylor - Le Prince

An American in Annecy Vivre à Annecy Carey Taylor – Le Prince

Sophie Extier, Journalist and Laurent Cousin, Photographer

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