Your name – Lizzie
Who did you travel with – Husband, Miss 2.5 year old and Master 6 month old
Where did you visit – Annecy, France
What time of year – July 2015
Accommodation – My Urban Suites
Excellent owner/manager – very happy to help out, nothing was a problem
Great location – on the main shopping street but wasn’t overly noisy
Very clean and modern
Stylish interiors – no IKEA here!
Safe area and access to the apartment
Provided a high chair and portacot
Bunk beds in the 2 nd bedroom – not sure if this is a pro or con?!
Up 3 flights of external stairs
No air con
Stairs inside the apartment could be tricky for newly walking or crawling bubs
No washing machine
Any restaurant/cafe/bar recommendations for eating out with children?
All the main restaurants in the tourist area were very child-friendly, they had all the normal children food options as well as omelettes and crepes when you don’t fancy your child eating fired food or pizza.
The street ‘Filaterie’ which was very conveniently positioned near the apartment had a deli, grocer and bakery all next to each other. We loved these little shops – more expensive then a supermarket but lovely shopping experiences.
Ice-cream – Regal Glace was our pick for best Strawberry ice-cream.
Things to do?
We were pleasantly surprised by how child-friendly Annecy was, it was a very easy city to manoeuvre the pram around.
As with most of France the cities kind of close down on Sundays and Mondays. We loved our Sunday in Annecy – we enjoyed the market in the main part of the old town and we bought some special things to eat down by the lake. Then we hired a small motored boat that can be captained without a license. It was lovely to get out on the water. We rented ours through Arc en Ciel but there were lots of companies offering boats and paddleboats to rent.
We felt like there was a children’s park on every corner. Our daughters favourite was Pont des Amours, down on the lake and there was a carousel within walking distance. We also spent quite a bit of time feeding the ducks.
Although we didn’t hire them, there were lots of bikes to rent, Veloency at the central train station had a large selection of bikes including bikes with baby seats attached.
I feel convinced that our time in Annecy was so great because of the time of year. I don’t think there would be as much to do if it was winter, the city would still be beautiful but Annecy definitely had a ‘summer holiday’ vibe about it in July.