LES DEUX AMIS EN FRANCE
Choosing a Slower Pace • Sunday, June 11
In the morning, we make our way to breakfast in a dining area not at all unfamiliar. No linen table cloths or fine china as in Honfleur or Paris. This is a Best Western, for sure, with a food-court ambiance as example. Or perhaps it is my mood…
I am tired and ambivalent this morning. I put a mix of food on my plate, rather unenthusiastically, and sit across from DeLinda at our table. I stare blindly in front of me.
“Are you OK?” she asks, sensing something from my expression.
“I am…” I attempt, before tears appear.
“Oh, honey,” she says calmly, “you need some sleep.”
At barely 9 a.m., we go back to the room and lie down. I am asleep before thinking, and do not wake until noon. She was right.
Rested, finally, we wander into Annecy. In this city, there is the bustling newer area of town, and then Old Annecy. It is here that we spend the next two days.
Old Annecy is lined with cobblestone. Through the center, the Thiou Canal divides the pastel colored buildings, and small bridges lead you here and there down secret walks and narrow halls. Shuttered windows, open in the summer air, overlook shops and cafés lining the streets, and all roads lead out toward Lac D’Annecy at the base of the Alps.
This afternoon, Old Annecy is excited with activity. An outdoor market offers up fresh cheese and produce and handmade crafts. We wander for hours, enjoying fresh fruit glacés, stopping for lunch and drinks and some shopping before heading back to the hotel.
At 17 o’clock, we shower and change and make our way back to Old Annecy. Our restaurant of choice closed, we find a small bistro near the canal and dine on fresh seafood. My fish, sautéed in butter, is exquisite, though memory fades all other details of our night out.
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Les Deux Amis En France, ©2011 Jen Payne. All rights reserved.
• C’est La Vie
• La Plus Longue Journée
• À Travers La Ville
• Petits Oeuvres D’art
• Escalier au Ciel
• Plus Escaliers et Alors Nous Arrêtons
• Le Voyage de la Route!
• Les Américains
• Saints et Soldats
• Tapisserie et Tripe
• Sur La Route Encore
• Visions de Monet et des Montagnes
Photos ©2011, Jen Payne, DeLinda Fox.