Thursday, March 29, 2007

A bit of Annecy history.

The other day, my tutor and I were treating ourselves to some hot chocolate at a very popular confectioner's shop. Whenever I go in there, I always see boxes of chocolates with the title, "Cloches d'Annecy". "Why pieces of chocolate in the shape of bells?", I asked my tutor, who's lived in Annecy pretty much all of her life. She had no idea so she asked one of the women behind the counter. This woman then handed me a piece of paper with the reason behind the boxes of bell-shaped chocolates. In the town next to us, Sevrier, there's a bell factory, Paccard. This world reputable factory is famous for making: the 20 lb. Savoyarde at Sacre-Coeur, the Joan of Arc at the Catherdral of Rouen (I'm not familiar with this one), other bells in cathedrals all over the world, and copies of the Liberty Bell for each US state capital.

6 comments:

misschrisc said...

Wow that's interesting. I never knew that about the liberty bell. I'm wondering which café you go to for chocolat chaud. I have a favorite place in centre ville that's on two levels. It's very popular with the locals. I bet it's the same place :)

Emily said...

It's Fidele Berger or whay my parents like to call "their place" when they come to visit. And it is 2 stories. Very good chocolat chaud. :)

Tigue said...

I'm afraid the lady told you wrong. The Liberty Bell was made in Whitechapel Foundry...in London

Emily said...

Thanks for the corretion, tigue. I just researched it further. Paccard did not make the Liberty Bell, but 54 copies for each state capital in the US and then some?

Victoria said...

so where are the copies of the liberty bell in each state?

i've only seen the liberty bell in philly...hmmm...

i had some chocolat chaud this morning, it was delicious, but from seattle's best, not a fun cafe

misschrisc said...

Yep it's the same place. I haven't been there in over a year. They do have good chocolat chaud!