Inception: A vacation within a vacation.
After the terrible events at the London Bridge and Borough Market, fear took over us. I didn't sleep the night of and it hindered our plans to see the Eiffel Tower. We decided to stear clear of large crowds for the day and stay local.
There's this famous crepe restaurant called "A P'Tit Grec." Every time we walked passed it the line was out the door and down the street long! This day was no exception. This picture was taken after standing in line for 20 minutes.
Let me tell you, it was well worth the wait! We both ordered jambon, fromage, oignons, laitue et tomate. It was MY idea to get a Nutella, banane et amande crepe. Nico was worried we'd be too full. HA! It was quite possibly the best idea I've ever had. IT WAS DELISH!
Is your mouth watering yet? This baby literally kept us full the rest of the day.
That's it. We were spent. The day would typically be considered boring, but we enjoyed each other's company and watching the city go by.
It was our last night in Paris for a week. As we packed, cleaned, and prepped for our train ride to Annecy we were watching the Ariana Grande's One Love Manchester concert. It was moving and I can't help but cry thinking of the pain all these victims and victims families have had to endure.
I borrowed this picture from google since I didn't have a chance to take a picture of our train station. It was beautiful! We departed from Gard du Lyon.
I read reviews online about how horrible the sinage was at this station and that it was hard to find your train. Not the case at all. Basically you follow the crowd. They all stand and stare at the boards to see what voie or platform your train is scheduled at. Once it's announced they all run like a herd of cattle to their assigned train. It seems that trains are assigned at the last minute.
We wanted to be sure we knew what we were doing so we got there an hour early instead of the suggested 5 minutes. :)
Lattes and a croissant were calling our names since we arrived at the station at 7am, 1am EST.
Before we knew it, it was time to go! We ran with our crowd to catch the train. Suddenly I had a pain behind my knee. (getting old) It almost felt like it needed to be stretched. I'm almost 100% sure I have a pinched nerve in my lower back or left hip.
Besides my left leg tingling and wanting to go numb the train was super comfortable! I highly recommend travelling the country by train if possible!
The view was beautiful! Even if I wanted to sleep I couldn't. I was in awe of the French country side!
Once we arrived in Annecy we had a brisk 10 minute walk to our AirBnB!
Annecy is easily one of the most charming, storybook cities I've ever seen. Immediately my mind started singing "little town, it's a quiet village, everyday like the one before. Little town, full of little people waking up to say, Bonjour! Bonjour! bonjour! Bonjour!" Nico and I are staying in the "Old Town." Many of the streets are for pedestrians only. They're all cobblestone and narrow.
We dropped our bags off at our apartment since it was still being cleaned. I wanted to head straight for Château d’Annecy, the little castle that guards over the old town.
HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT. It's under construction. 😫 Bummer.
Other than that this city is perfection.
Seriously. Add Annecy on your lists of places to visit. We can't wait to explore more of this beautiful city. It feels like we're on a vacation from a vacation.
We decided to grab a sandwich and eat by Lac d'Annecy. We talked plans of a dinner cruise and paddle boats tomorrow or Wednesday depending on the weather!
I'll take this view any day!
We decided to head back to the apartment and get settled. On the way back I stopped in a few boutiques (poor Nico) and found the most gorgeous egg blue crochet dress. Planning to go pick it up tomorrow! 😍 Just wait until you see it!
After a few stops we finally made it to our building. Little did we know we signed up for an apartment with a crazy staircase again!
But what was waiting for us at the top was worth the climb. It's the perfect little studio. Tres chic!
They even surprised us with a bottle of wine and a sweet note.
We keep taking turns asking, "are we really here?" It feels like a dream. Oh and Nico came up with the title of this blog. Haha! Make sure you show him some love for it.
Our street is lively and entertaining! As I'm writing this I'm listening to a drum player and watching a crowd of people dancing. I feel like we need to get down there and join them!
Thanks to Nico's massages I'm feeling much better, but I'm going to take it easy so we can go full speed ahead tomorrow!