Thursday, March 29, 2012

First Stop -- Annecy

      As on our last trip to France, we started off in Annecy, and stayed at Hotel de Savoie, the same place as we ended our last trip. We also had a room with the same view – the canal, and the old part of the city with the chateau looming above it.

     It was a spectacular day with clear blue sky, and we spent most of the afternoon and early evening wandering around the city. There were hundreds of people out walking along Lake Annecy and enjoying the open green spaces all around the lower part of the lake. And flowers were planted everywhere.

    We had dinner the first night at Lilas Rose, the same restaurant we had eaten at every evening on our last trip. While the restaurant had slipped somewhat since last time, the selection of Savoie wines was still excellent, and we had two outstanding wines – a Mondeuse, and a Chignin-Bergeron from Andre et Michel Quenard, one of the top Savoie producers. After dinner we went to check out our favorite ice cream place, Glacier des Alpes, which I had written about last time, but alas it had closed early. Not surprising since it was still March, and mid-week. We then returned to our hotel and went to bed early, since we hadn't slept in about 36 hours.
    We slept well, and the next morning took a bus to Menthon, a town about 5 miles from Annecy. We walked through the town and into the hills towards the chateau.

Chateau de Menthon
          We then walked down to the lake and had a picnic with cheese we had brought that morning from Fromagerie Pierre Gay, where we had made many stops on our prior visits. Last year Pierre was named a Meilleur Ouvrier de France (literally Master Worker of France) in the Fromager category, a very prestigious award that comes after a series of competitions. His shop is one of the finest cheese shops anywhere.

    We then walked back from Menthon to Annecy, stopping briefly in the town of Veyrier du Lac, where Mark Veyrat has his 3-star Michelin restaurant. As we were walking, we saw Monsieur Veyrat driving by on his way out of town, maybe to pick up some cheese from Pierre Gay in Annecy.  When we reached Annecy in the mid-afternoon, we stopped at Glacier des Alpes and had some ice cream.  It was as good as we remembered. 
     Tomorrow we leave Annecy to pick up our car in Geneva, then head to the Beaujolais region for a day on our way to the Southern Ardeche.  More to come ...


  1. Sounds like a good start to a fine trip. You left in time to miss our winter reprise. Good for you. Enjoy yourselves and thanks for sharing.

  2. Bob:

    I am green with envy so you did escape to Europe at what appears an excellent time of year.

    Good show.

    And why not return to a place which pleased you so greatly ?

    I'm reminded once more of my bike tour round the Lac stopping at the venerable Auberge du Pere Bise for lunch--and recalling their unique dessert MARJOLANE--not Marjolaine--an indescribable chocolate affair pure heaven.

    Keep these postings coming my way they brighten these otherwise lacklustre and dank days we're facing.


  3. Bob and Ann,
    We read your blog with great interest as we may try to recreate your trip:) Knowing what refined taste you both have, we can't go wrong. Thanks for the time you took to write us with info on the area. Glad to hear all is well and that your holiday is off to a good start.
    A bientot,
    Ruth and Dan

  4. You're back in France, and I'm back in the land of Green with Envy! If you're around the Geneva area for any amount of time, I know my brother Joel and his wife, Monique, would love to meet you. Let me know if you want their contact info. In the meantime, have some vin et fromage for me. xxxooo, Mary Mc

  5. Hi Ann,

    Please contact me. I am taking Big Grey to the vet tomorrow. His cyst has burst or been punctured.
    C'est la vie.