Monday, February 15, 2010

Our Burgundy Road Trip, Annecy

A few weekends ago we drove all around the Burgundy region of France. Kirk was able to scoot away a little early from work on Friday and return Monday so it was a real getaway. We spent two nights in Lyon, France - a major urban city and the other in Beaune, France in the heart of wine country. I was absolutely shocked at how much there was to do and see in Burgundy (even in February). Next time I want to go back for at least a week! You don't hear many Americans talking about visiting this area, but it is certainly one of my top recommendations for some R&R, breathtaking views, and just the right balance of history and sites.

Our first stop was a little off the beaten track of Burgundy in the small Alpine town of Annecy, France. The mountains were gorgeous surrounding us. We were surprised to find during this weekend's Olympic broadcast that tiny, picturesque Annecy is actually in the running to host the 2018 Winter Games along with Munich and Pyeongchang, South Korea. With Mont Blanc so close by I can see how it would be great. Maybe this won't be the last we hear about Annecy!
The first thing I noticed were these enormous meringues in the patisserie windows. They were colorful and fluffy. We didn't indulge but they were too pretty not to take a picture!
It was a pretty grey day. Someone recently asked me where all the people were in my photos these in where are the other tourists? Gotta say, there aren't too many folks out in the poor weather. We are just travel die-hards I guess. It is a unique experience to travel during the off season. We often have the place to ourselves!

We wandered the old town and headed for the park overlooking Lake Annecy.

Quite a backdrop!

These birds perplexed me the way there was one on each post.

We spent a couple of hours frolicking around Annecy and then the weather got the better of us. Not sure if you can tell in this photo, but it was snowing a lot!
Connor practiced catching snowflakes! She didn't mind the weather at all. What is it about little kids - they just don't seem to feel the cold.Annecy was beautiful. I can only imagine how quaint and stunning the locale is with flower boxes and blue sky in the summer months. The perfect spot for a bike or boat ride. Or in our case the perfect spot for an Alpine stroll around an emerald-hued lake - even if we were dodging snow!

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