On the drive, we were surrounded by mist and snapped some pretty shots of the autumn-coloured mountains.
Chambéry, France (Chambéry, France)
We visited Chambéry as it was on the way to Annecy, where we would be meeting up with Fabienne before heading further west into France and eventually Spain. Having booked an Airbnb in the burbs, we were welcomed very warmly by our host. She went well beyond what we were expecting and provided some of the best hospitality we've experienced (outside of Croatia, that is). She drove us to the supermarket so we could acquire provisions for the next couple of days, and then took us to a wine bar in the centre where she bought us drinks and we chatted for a while. She also gave us a brief overview of the city, and we had a little wander around some main streets. It was lovely to be back in France after such a long time in unfamiliar countries - in some regards it was like returning to a home away from home.
Feeling a little exhausted from recent fast-paced travel, we lazed that evening and much of the next day. I blame Florence, as we had used nearly every available hour in the city to make good use of our Firenze cards. No regrets! But we were burnt out, and especially museumed out. But still no regrets!
After finding that we had been walking in circles, we utilised the ever handy Googly Maps to set us on the right course to find the creperie. Our cidre doux was highly anticipated and did not disappoint. Finally, delicious and reasonably priced cider again! Yannick ordered a specialty galette of the Savoy region, which included potatoes, raclette cheese, bacon and egg, while I went with my customary chevre. We shivered all the way back to our car and resolved to shop for winter clothes the next day, as "Winter is Coming!" (And we were in the Alps, which isn't quite like winter in Wellington.)
On the hunt for lunch, we miraculously found ourselves right next to Le Gulliver again and thought "Shall we?!" We shall. Once again, we feasted on scrumptiousness heightened by cidre doux.
What a beautiful city. Now with a bit of a feel for the French Alps, we were excited to explore Annecy, a smaller Alpine settlement where a beloved friend was waiting.
Today's post was almost called: French Feasts In Doux Course