A great day out on Lac Leman in Switzerland

I cannot believe that I have lived in the Geneva area for 9 years and had never taken this great day trip on the wonderfully picturesque lake – Lac Leman, one of the largest lakes in Western Europe. Lac Leman or Lake Geneva as it is also known is a crescent shaped lake with a shoreline in both France and Switzerland and is overlooked by the Alps.

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Le Bilboquet Restaurant Annecy

So on this particular visit to Annecy, Taste of Savoie had lunch at Le Bilboquet Restaurant Annecy towards the back of the old town, so if you are planning to visit the food market on either a Tuesday or Friday you can just wander along for lunch afterwards. You definitely need to book at Le Bilboquet restaurant Annecy.

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Le Denti, Annecy

What a great discovery in Annecy – this is a restaurant that you probably won’t find while strolling the streets of the old town and not a tartiflette or any Savoyard fayre in sight! So probably not a resto that the tourists will seek out and on the day I visited, it was very much local clientele.

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Puntarelle Salad in Milan

What’s a Puntarelle you ask…this was a new for me too! It is a salad ingredient from the chicory family and seems to be unique to Italy. It is sometimes known as asparagus chicory and indeed when a local at a nearby table could see me trying to work it out with the waiter in a mixture of broken French, Italian and English, he stepped in and said this is similar to asparagus.

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Taste of Savoie on tour in Reims and the Champagne region

Reims has always been one of those cities that I have known as a quick stop-over when en-route to France for holidays in years gone by. Often an overnight stay in some hotel just off the autoroute and apart from knowing that it is in the champagne region of France, I had very little other knowledge of this wonderful city and some of the amazing sights and tastes it has to offer.

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Christian Tetedoie Restaurant, Lyon

Oh my, what a treat! I’d been wanting to visit the Tetedoie gastronomique restaurant in Lyon for some time and was lucky enough to go for my Wedding Anniversary recently. Not only am I always happy just to be in Lyon but to enjoy a great lunch, looking at the stunning views of the city and to meet the man himself – what a day!

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A gastro experience and photo walk in Chamonix

What a great day for a photo walk in Chamonix, but then most days in my opinion are great days for a photo walk in one of the many beautiful areas of the Haute Savoie region of France. So today I took a photo walk with long time resident of the Chamonix Valley – Teresa Kaufman.

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Les Gets Restaurants

Les Gets is a wonderful traditional Savoyard village in the Haute Savoie, a tree-lined mountain ski resort that is part of The Portes du Soleil and a year round MUST visit village in the French Alps with so much to offer the whole family. Alpine skiing in winter, Cycling in summer, 18 hole golf course, lake, beautiful hiking. There are numerous good restaurants in Les Gets and here are a few of our favourites…

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Le Viu Restaurant, Palace de Menthon, Menthon St. Bernard

Another great lunch another stunning view – this is what the Haute Savoie is made of! One can never tire of the ever changing views over Lake Annecy and regarding it through the windows of Le Viù restaurant at The Palace de Menthon whilst enjoying some fabulous cuisine is pretty close as one can come to a heavenly day out!

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