Next, I went searching for a hotel. Initially, I was very excited about booking a hotel instead of a pet friendly apartment or vacation home. Once again, as I searched for suitable lodging, I kept running into issues that were dealbreakers. Finally, thanks to Booking.com's helpful location suggestions, I found us an unforgettable hotel called Hotel Les Grillons in the small hamlet of Talloires, which is about a twenty minute drive from Annecy. Having now been to Annecy, I have to say that I am very glad I didn't book a hotel in the city itself. I'll explain more about that later.
Yes, you can go boating... or parasailing... or just simply dream by the lakeside.
As usual, I'll be breaking up my stories about this journey into several parts, so if this first post intrigues you, please be sure to follow along. I took a lot of absolutely gorgeous pictures on this trip, which wasn't hard to do. Annecy and the surrounding area is just plain beautiful.
First thing's first, though. I had to learn how to pronounce "Annecy". Don't make the mistake I made by called it "Ann-eh-cee". It's two syllables and rhymes with "fancy" or "Nancy" (which is also a beautiful French city!).
There are videos out there, mostly made by Americans, pronouncing Annecy as if it has three syllables; but every French pronunciation I've heard, including within the actual city, sounds like the guy in this video.
Now that the introductions are out of the way, I shall commence to blogging. I took the whole weekend off just so I could enjoy France properly. Now that I'm home again, I'm ready to dish!