You know those BuzzFeed articles that give you serious wanderlust? The ones full of random little Harry Potter-esque-looking towns that you’ve never heard of and probably will never go to but that are fun to add to your “travel” Pinterest board anyway?
We did it. We checked one off our list.
Annecy is this adorable little mountain town situated in the French Alps, about a 4-hour train ride from Paris. Lying on Lake Annecy and scattered with canals, it’s no wonder why they call it “the Venice of the Alps.”
If you’re up up buzzing around the country, I’d highly recommend spending a day or two here [it’s also only a 45-minute drive to Geneva– more on that tomorrow!] & seeing//eating//doing the following::
Stay at the Hotel Alexandra. Nothing over-the-top fancy, but right on one of the sweet canals and the perfect distance between Old Town and Lake Annecy. Their staff is on FLEEK if I can still say that.
Take a boat tour around the lake [boat tours in Paris felt touristy; boat tours in Annecy are necessary]. This was a DREAM. I kept looking around and laughing, seeing as we were in the middle of a crystal lake in majestic mountains on a Wednesday, no less, thinking where ARE we right now?
Kiss your hubby on the Pont des Amours. I don’t actually know the history of this Love Bridge, so let’s hope its name isn’t ironic.
Ice cream at Glacier des Alpes, and fondue everywhere else.
Park yourself at Les Caves du Chateau, a wine bar near the Musee Chateau . I hate the phrase “pinch me” [it’s up there with using #blessed un-ironically], but sitting on this terrace built into the mountains with a glass of rosé across from my new husband, I really did have a doggone pinch-me moment.
But truly, after the hustle and bustle [I’m 95, thanks] of Paris, it was so nice to spend a couple quiet days in a little mountain town. Give it a shot for the views and the cheese if nothing else.
Had ANY of you heard of Annecy before? I kind of want to check off the 9 other towns on this list now!