A day trip to Annecy

A day out in Annecy in March, not the best time but the best place to go for a family like us.

We went to Geneve Motor Show last March, which was a quick but a good decision. It wasn’t the first time neither to Switzerland nor to France, but the first time in the area. Being the last minute planner for the motor show, we could not find a place to stay in Geneve, so we searched for around and find a convenient, business hotel at Thoiry/France, a cute little village  just half an hour drive from Geneve. Of course  a long weekend to the area provides you more than the motor show itself. So we decided to do a day trip to Annecy, which was about 50 km. from our hotel.

To Annecy in the beginning of spring

To Annecy in the beginning of spring

 

The park by the lake

The park by the lake

Annecy is a very nice town, in the middle of the Alpine Mountains, by the lovely lake of Annecy. A town of castles, lakes, rivers and bridges. French Cafes, Macaronis, red tiled roofs and little village streets. Parks, large trees, fog and well, castles again.

Rivers and bridges

Rivers and bridges

French Cafes

French Cafes

French Macaroni

French Macaroni

A walk in the park

A walk in the park

We started our tour in the lanes of the town, climbing up to the castle, which was not the best part for our son actually, as he doesn’t like to walk. Afterwards, we had a little break in a nice French cafe, at a very small corner table and enjoyed our hot chocolates and cappuccinos. For lunch (which I may tell mote n another post sometime later) we had a lovely meal at a very French restaurant. When I say French I really mean French, with French speaking waiters and a French menu. Thanks to the non-Parisian French guests of the restaurant on the next table, they very helpfully explained us all the menu in English and with lots of advice, helped us to give our order.

In the afternoon we did a walk by the foggy lake and some “people watch” activity with lots of relaxing time and feeding the swans. By the evening, we loved the town, loved the people and dreamed of coming back sometime in summer or late spring maybe in the coming years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great Cruise tour-day-7

Good morning Kiel

Good morning Kiel

The 7th day of our Great Cruise tour again started with a lovely welcome view of a bay, and the lighthouse of Kiel. On the other hand I would very much like to stay in Norway one more day, instead of coming to Germany. However, being in business life for nearly 20 years, I know by now that a profit and loss-concern-cruise needs to go where the customers are.  Except the Copenhagen port, where we got on the cruise, all the ports in Norway were so tiny that almost nobody were a new-joiner to the cruise. However, getting close to Kiel port, reminded everyone that we came all the way down to Germany for the new loads of customers.

Today we booked the “Castles, lakes and roses” tour, which we all enjoyed to some extent. After the day routine of going to theater, waiting for the late comers, taking our numbers-of-the-day and heading to our bus, the first stop was a castle in Ploen, which is still used as a school.

Walking to the castle

Walking to the castle

After a walk by the castle and listening the story we walked down a tiny village, to enjoy a cafe in the center. With the start of the rain, we all ran to our buses for our next stop: Malente, where we got on a tour-boat to sail on 5 lakes joined to each other.

The 5 lakes tour

The 5 lakes tour

A boat stop, for a little hotel

A boat stop, for a little hotel

Lakes were so calm and peaceful

Lakes were so calm and peaceful

The lakes were so calm and peaceful that you wanted to stay there and be away of the fully crowded cruise.

After the lakes we stopped at a small glass making factory, where buses of tourists sat and watched a man doing tiny animals with glass. We felt that it was a very very touristic attraction, where for only 10 minutes of watching glass making, it took us 15 minutes to park the bus, and half an hour for all the people to buy something from the glass shop. With the insists of my son, we (actually he bought with his own money) a small horse for 5 Euros, which was already broken when we reached back to our cruise.

Glass making

Glass making

 

The lunch afterwards was not so fancy at all, not interesting and not enough.

Our next stop was Eutin, the land of roses. Unfortunately, it was not the perfect time to come, as the roses were not blooming, at this time of the year, but the town itself was so cute, with a nice castle and a church, and some nice shops and cafes for “people watch”.

The castle in Eutin

The castle in Eutin

My mom loved the tree by the church

My mom loved the tree by the church

I think today’s trip could have been better. We went to some castles, but we did not see the inside of any of them. We went to the town of roses, but we did not see blooming roses. The food in the restaurant was below average, the glass factory was far below average.

After this long and tiring tour we wanted to sleep a couple of hours, before dinner, however at about 5 p.m, the rescue instruction announcement for the new comers started, in all rooms and in all common areas, in all languages you can imagine. So loud, so long and so boring.

Our last evening in the cruise again ended in the very same restaurant, and the very same table, where we got used to being in the far end corner of the restaurant. Today’s specialty was the celebration of our wedding anniversary, for which, once more we received a cake from the Endonesian staff with clab of hands. Tired of waking up early everyday for one week and running trough different places all day long, for the last time, we headed to our rooms.