This morning's drive itself was an experience. The vineyards slowly disappearing and being replaced with the Swiss mountains, as we drove steadily over and through.
Annecy is town of medieval buildings, flower lined canals and beautiful bridges all leading to the huge crystal clear lake at its heart, which has the majestic Swiss mountains as its backdrop. It was absolutely breath-taking.
After wandering around the old town we reached the edge of Lake Annecy itself, which was just so beautiful that we jumped into the first boat we could find to hire.
We left Annecy to continue our drive south, stopped in Grenoble for a glass of red as it seemed rude not to and eventually arrived at our stop for the night, in a tiny Alpine village nestled in Isère at 2500ft. We were met at the door by the owners Henri and Janine ... talk about hosts who go above and beyond ... you couldn't meet a more incredibly kind and generous couple. They welcomed us into their kitchen, where there were lemon and poppy seed muffins hot from the oven on the table, a homemade apricot tart on the side and coffee in the pot, and told us all about the house and gardens. It felt like arriving at your Grandparents house.
The gardens were bursting with flowers and birds, a proper vegetable patch and a little pool but the view .. oh the view. It was just breathtaking, facing the east of the Vercors mountain range, I'm afraid the photographs just don't do it justice. It was incredible, ever changing and unbelievably humbling.
Now I haven’t really gone on much about our hotel rooms, mainly because this isn’t a review blog, and because usually rooms are rooms, but I’m afraid I’m going to have to ask you to indulge me on this one because this room was, to be frank, completely wonderful. It had everything you needed and could possibly want, from super soft slippers and white fluffy robes to sweets, blankets and umbrellas. Everything was spotless, beautiful and the best you could buy. I could quite happily have moved straight in, and for those of you who know me well, you know I wouldn't say that lightly. I also don't usually recommend anything, but I will say that I would come back here in a heartbeat, and that's without even trying their breakfast yet .. Oh my days I bet breakfast tomorrow is going to be sensational ...
We had a lovely dinner at a tiny local french restaurant where we got ourselves into a fit of giggles whilst trying to translate the menu yet somehow managed to order a delicious supper between our rather terrible broken French.
I’ve just crawled into bed and I’m not in the slightest surprised to find it’s the comfiest bed I’ve ever been in. I know I’m going to sleep well tonight, I hope you do to!