Roxanne in Winter WonderlandAdventures in the Alps
Roxanne from @thechoniclesofwander
Roxanne is an Australian expat living in Seville. But Roxanne is so much more than that, she is also a keen traveller who, from Tokyo to Ohau, not to mention Lisbon, has visited the most amazing and exciting places one can imagine.
Roxanne in Winter Wonderland
And what brought Roxanne to our beautiful Savoie Mont Blanc area? You may ask me! It’s simple, talking to you about Roxanne is also talking about a friendship, a real one, between our mountain girl Alice and our favorite Aussie.
And when Roxanne arrives in Savoie, Alice has only one idea in mind: to show her the places she prefers.
One of the most interesting cities I have visited in France to date. I loved that this city holds almost 2000 years worth of history, from the Roman period, medieval and the renaissance. It’s large historic centre, Le Vieux Lyon, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and has the largest example of renaissance buildings in Europe. The city is a perfect weekend break and is extremely easy to explore. If you are in the walking mood take the climb up to La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière for not only a stunning basilica but also breathtaking views of the city below. Whilst you are up there checking out the basilica I would recommend exploring the remains of the Roman city of Lugdunum which happens to be a Roman theatre. My favourite experience in Lyon was discovering the traboules. These are passageways that date back to the renaissance period and allowed habitants shortcuts through the city. There are several open to the public for you to live out your own renaissance dreams, just remember that people do live here so be respectful. For lunch I stopped at Le Laurencin and had a delicious Saucisson de Lyon brioché which is cooked sausage in a brioche, it was so yummy.
One of the most well known towns in this area of France, Annecy is truly a gem. The city lies at the base of Lake Annecy and is one of the most picture perfect towns I have ever seen. Wandering around the Old Town felt like I had stepped back in time with its cobblestone streets, pastel buildings and winding canals. Because I visited in winter I got to experience the christmas markets and warm up with some delicious mulled wine and tartiflette. One of the things I wanted to see most when I organised this trip was falling snow…and my wish was granted. Growing up in Australia the chances of seeing falling snow, or just snow in general, are not the highest. But seeing it in Annecy, fluttering around and sprinkling the buildings made the trip very memorable.
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