I thought i would share a few pics of our travels last year. Having a full time job means you don’t get to travel as much and as far as i would like, but we managed a couple of holidays!
First up was our trip to Annecy in France for a friends wedding in June. My boyfriend and his friends all studied Animation at college and every year there is a huge Animation Festival in Annecy and the wedding was slap bang in the middle of it.
I’ve never been to France it was my first time and we also hired a car which was also a first and possibly last time. To get to Annecy you have to fly to Geneva (Technically i’ve been to Switzerland!) then cross the border back into France and head to Annecy, i really wish we had been told about the tolls and passes that are required to drive on the motorway in France, my god. Imagine needing a pass to drive a Swiss car on a French motorway, its mental.
But it is worth it, Annecy is beautiful and at the height of summer, it is hot! You definitely need a car to get around as if you’re not staying in Annecy itself (which we weren’t) its hard to get around. Also Europcar tried to charge us 300 euros for a scratch on the bumper which we absolutely did not do, but we managed to get it dropped, thank god.
It is so picturesque and it has the most amazing lake that is crystal clear, its the cleanest lake in Europe.
I was a little apprehensive about travelling to France as i’ve never been and id heard French people aren’t always the friendliest, but it was great, the people were lovely and i used my worst french to talk and we got by. The minute we got there i got a chocolate eclair and let me tell you the pastries are amazing. I got a warm croissant straight out of the oven and its one of the best things i’ve ever ate and the macarons were to die for. I also ate this strawberry tart (tarte aux fraises!) and half of my boyfriends torte as he couldn’t finish it and also i’m greedy and couldn’t let him waste it!
All in all it was a very lovely week in France at the height of the summer and the wedding was lovely, such a lovely place to have it. One of my favourite memories was my boyfriend and i, headed out for dinner, found a pizza place, split a pizza took it down to the lake with 2 cans of Coke at sunset and just ate and appreciated where we were it was amazing! I would definitely go back and i can’t wait until we do!
In October was our main holiday Las Vegas! I’ve been before but BF had never so off we went. We though going in October would mean it would be cooler, wrong! It was unseasonably warm for that time of year, was in the 30s all the ten days we were there. Now we went 2 weeks after the shooting at the Mandalay Bay and we were staying at the Luxor next door. We were a little apprehensive but didn’t let it hold us back. We did go to the Vegas sign and pay our respects, but a lot of people were taking selfies with the memorial crosses and taking pics of the smashed out windows at the MB which, to me, just isn’t right.
Las Vegas is one of those places where there’s just too much to do. We’re not big into shows (i would’ve gladly went to Britney, BF not so keen, typical) but we did a couple, we managed Tournament of Kings (Ireland woo!) and Penn and Teller. Also a trip to Vegas isn’t complete with a Grand Canyon trip! It truly is spectacular and this time around i did the Skywalk, which is terrifying if you don’t like heights. It’s when you look down and see the 2 mile drop to the bottom, we couldn’t let go of the hand rail! We managed to shuffle round and get the hell off of it lol.
There’s so many places to eat and so many people, (watch out for the timeshare people trying to sell you a condo, for cheap show tickets!) sometimes i felt a little out of my comfort zone. Makes me a bit anxious.
You definitely have to head up the Eiffel tower to watch the fountains at the Bellagio, its a must from up above! We also managed to find the Pawn Shop when we headed Downtown, think my BF dream was realised he couldn’t believe he was actually inside it after watching it for so long. No Rick or Chumlee though!
I always recommend Vegas to everyone, we went for 10 days which was enough for us.
We’re thinking of possibly going to Florida this year but nothing has been decided yet. I love travelling and if i could do it full time then i definitely would!