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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Why you need to visit Annecy, France

We awoke to our alarms, loaded up, and dashed off; it was time for a road trip.
Which might happen to be one of our favorite things to do, and when Annecy, France is the destination, well we couldn't be more chuffed.
Just look at how happy we are!
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The journey from Lausanne to Annecy is simply breathtaking. With outstretched arms, and camera in hand, I tried to capture the charm of the villages, the vastness of the hillside, but no photo seemed to do it justice.
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We zipped through tunnels, up and over mountains, and ooh'd at the postcard that we were currently living in.
A playlist and a French candy run later (get the Scoubi Fizz), we arrived and eagerly hopped out for a proper stretch.Beautyosaurus Lex-Alex Good-Lifestyle-Travel-TravelBloggers-Lbloggers-Annecy-France Annecy is truly one of the most lovable cities in France the world.
After a proper leg stretch, we continued on. Moseying through the sea of muted colored buildings, cooing over the wooden shutters and blooming flower boxes.
One thing about wandering around what's known as the Venice of France, is that you work up quite the appetite.
Beautyosaurus Lex-Alex Good-Lifestyle-Travel-TravelBloggers-Lbloggers-Annecy-FranceWe ducked through the alleyways of locals in search of something to warm our insides.
Beautyosaurus Lex-Alex Good-Lifestyle-Travel-TravelBloggers-Lbloggers-Annecy-FranceFinally stopping at Le Lilas Rose; a quaint spot along the water; after one look at the specials, we couldn't bear to pull ourselves away.
Beautyosaurus Lex-Alex Good-Lifestyle-Travel-TravelBloggers-Lbloggers-Annecy-FranceTartiflette for me, last raved about here. Caramelized onions, pieces of crispy bacon, hearty potatoes, all topped with bubbling cheese; I really should just go ahead and learn to make this already!
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We tucked into our meal, enjoying the eclectic interior, and the sound of the canal drifting by just outside of the window.Beautyosaurus Lex-Alex Good-Lifestyle-Travel-TravelBloggers-Lbloggers-Annecy-France
You'll find that most places accept cards nowadays, however cash did certainly prove to be more convenient. Also, don't forget to call your bank and tell them that you're travelling and ask about foreign transaction fees.
Using our best French, we paid, thanked the staff, and went on our way again.
Contemplating something sweet as we walked on.
Beautyosaurus Lex-Alex Good-Lifestyle-Travel-TravelBloggers-Lbloggers-Annecy-FranceRows of gelato shops call out to you, we finally caved at what is now known as my favorite dessert spot in Annecy. Beautyosaurus Lex-Alex Good-Lifestyle-Travel-TravelBloggers-Lbloggers-Annecy-FranceLe Palais des Glaces
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Boasting flavors such as hazelnut, espresso, Kinder Bueno, and a slew of sorbet flavors for the tart lovers.Beautyosaurus Lex-Alex Good-Lifestyle-Travel-TravelBloggers-Lbloggers-Annecy-FranceBeautyosaurus Lex-Alex Good-Lifestyle-Travel-TravelBloggers-Lbloggers-Annecy-FranceIce cream in hand we carried on, dipping into passageways, fawning over crumbling buildings, and stopping every now and then to look up and admire the clearing sky.
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Annecy is most certainly a city for the foodies, shopping enthusiasts, and nature lovers alike. A destination that you could stay in for quite some time without ever growing bored.Beautyosaurus Lex-Alex Good-Lifestyle-Travel-TravelBloggers-Lbloggers-Annecy-France
Just outside of the city center, you'll find a vast park, Jardines de L'Europe, that brushes right up against Lake Annecy.
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Boats for the renting, canoes to have your very own Kiss the Girl moments in, and plenty of shaded spots to settle into your afternoon siesta under. 
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There was just one more thing that I had to do before leaving France again; make a pit stop at a pharmacy to stock my stash, so to speak.
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French skincare goodies in tow, and a grin painted across my face, we meandered back to the car.
The last time we visited Annecy, the Tour de France was going through, leaving us way turned around from all of the closed roads. This time though, we drove all of the way around the lake with ease.Beautyosaurus Lex-Alex Good-Lifestyle-Travel-TravelBloggers-Lbloggers-Annecy-France
Stopping occasionally to breath in the fresh air, feel the breeze drifting off of the lake, and treasuring being halfway across the world together.Beautyosaurus Lex-Alex Good-Lifestyle-Travel-TravelBloggers-Lbloggers-Annecy-France
We were practically overflowing with gratitude.Beautyosaurus Lex-Alex Good-Lifestyle-Travel-TravelBloggers-Lbloggers-Annecy-FranceBeautyosaurus Lex-Alex Good-Lifestyle-Travel-TravelBloggers-Lbloggers-Annecy-France
We snapped a few more photos to cherish alongside our memories, and then began our journey home.Beautyosaurus Lex-Alex Good-Lifestyle-Travel-TravelBloggers-Lbloggers-Annecy-FranceBeautyosaurus Lex-Alex Good-Lifestyle-Travel-TravelBloggers-Lbloggers-Annecy-France
If you plan on driving through Europe, make sure that your highway sticker is up to date, and always carry cash with you. Just keeping a small coin purse will make your travels go quicker, and much smoother.
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We made it home just in time to catch the sun as it disappeared, turning the clouds a tangerine shade, then a rich coral, and lastly a deep shade of indigo.
More on what I scooped up from the French pharmacies tomorrow!
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