Oh, Annecy. What a wonderful couple of days we had there.
It wouldn’t even have been on our honeymoon radar if it hadn’t been for a friend of a friend who suggested it. We really lucked out.
Annecy is like the Venice of France. Beautiful waterways everywhere.
Oh … and did I mention that it’s in the Alps? Well, it is. And it was just stunning everywhere you looked.
And we did such a variety of things while we were there. Museums. Picnicking. Paddle boating. Chad paddled. I sunned.
And lots of eating and drinking. The Savoie region - where Annecy is - had surprisingly good wine. I mean, we didn’t think it would be bad. But we certainly didn’t think it would be that good. The signature dish in that region is raclette, which is basically just a bunch of potatoes and the area’s signature cheese, also named raclette, melted all over it. I was in heaven.
We also stayed in a really superb hotel. We couldn’t believe it was only rated two stars. It was adorable, had the best view and a decent size bathroom, and was within a few minutes walking distance of where all the action is - big plus because we didn’t have to drive anywhere.
A note about French hotels and its rating system. The French take giving stars to hotels very seriously. It’s not like in the U.S. where different websites have different ratings and blah blah blah. It’s actually some sort of government mandated thing and hotels have to meet certain criteria to earn stars. And pricing is also based on the number of stars given to a hotel.
We really lucked out with our hotel having only two stars because we got an incredible deal (I think it was only 60 euros) for our truly lovely hotel.