Canals and pretty buildings in Annecy

Tall Travel Style – France! Lake Annecy and Burgundy

For the past several months, the husband and I have been planning a grand European adventure for our goods friends from the U.S. I already shared about our first stop in Piedmont Italy. Our next stop was the beautiful Lake Annecy in the French Alps! We had never been there before, but I had been dying to go after seeing some photos on various travel blogs. It did not disappoint! Our final stop was the small town of Beaune in Burgundy which we had been to last year.  Truth be told, I did a pretty terrible job of getting outfit photos on the French portion of the trip because I was more focused on enjoying quality time with our friends and was taking tons of photos of everyone else.  Oh well…at least I have a ton of travel photos!

Part 1 – Relaxing on Lake Annecy

Imagine a crystal clear Alpine lake with dreamy, bright blue water surrounded by mountains and charming villages. That pretty much sums up Annecy which is the name of both the lake and the main village. The lake is only a 50 minute drive to Geneva Switzerland and has a claim to fame as being one of the cleanest lakes in Europe.

We arrived in the afternoon and immediately wanted to get out for a walk around the lake since the weather was nice at that moment but dark clouds were rolling in. After we settled into our lake-view apartment, I changed out of this dress and into my bright pink lace-back tall tee from Dutch shop Pretty Tall, Banana Republic skinny jeans and my trusty Cole Haan Air flats for a refreshing walk around the lake.

Walking around Lake Annecy

Lake Annecy France

Would love to jump off this dock on a warmer day!

Lake Annecy France

I can’t get over how clear the water is!

That night, we went to a lovely dinner at the 2 Michelin starred restaurant Yoann Conte. If it hadn’t been raining, we would have been able to take a boat across the lake to dinner! How amazing that would have been! Alas, the weather had other plans. Since the weather was uncooperative and we had to run from our apartment to the car and into the restaurant, I unfortunately don’t have any photos of my dress but you have seen it many times before. I wore my trusty teal lace Tory Burch dress. Here’s a photo that we took of the restaurant/hotel during our boat ride around the lake a couple of days later. The food, wine, ambiance and service were truly superb and I highly recommend eating here if you’re in the area.

Yoann Conte Lake Annecy

The lovely Yoann Conte as seen from the lake

Unfortunately, the rain was here to stay most of the next day and the temps had dropped significantly. We finally ventured out in into the town of Annecy the next afternoon to check out the quaint canal town. Yes – I am indeed wearing my J.Crew wool peacoat, a scarf and my LTS Chelsea boots. A far cry from my short sleeve tee from the day before!

Bright buildings and canals in Annecy

A little peek at my outfit

One of the things that surprised me a bit was how fast the water moved in the canals and, again, how amazingly clear and pretty the water was!

Canals and pretty buildings in Annecy Canals and pretty buildings in Annecy

As I’m sure you can imagine, Lake Annecy offers a whole host of activities from hiking in the moutains, to bike riding around the lake, to boating, to swimming. Since the weather was a bit chilly on our one full day in the area, we didn’t really get to avail ourselves of any of these. We did, however, hop on a little 1 hour boat tour the next day before we hit the road. I am really happy we did so because it seems like it would be a shame to not get out on the lake a bit. Here are some scenes from the boat.

Houses on Lake Annecy Castle above Lake Annecy Church on the shores of Lake Annecy Lake Annecy and mountains

I hope to make it back to this area someday because 2 days just wasn’t enough and I’m dying to take the boat to the little village of Talloires!

Part 2 – Exploring Burgundy

The husband and I first visited the small town of Beaune in Burgundy in February 2015 and couldn’t wait to return. Since our visiting friends also love food and wine, taking them there was a no-brainer. We lucked out with absolutely gorgeous weather which made me super happy!

Beaune open-air market

Beaune open-air market

Quaint Beaune streets

Quaint Beaune streets!

On our first day in town, we linked up with Fabien from Wine Me Up for a private tour of the Burgundy region. Fabien had shown me and the husband around on our first visit to the area and we were excited to see him again. It certainly was a full afternoon with visits to several unique wineries and vineyards, a monastery and a place that makes cheese.  It was a tiny chilly to start out so I wore my J.Crew black jeans and J.Crew field jacket with my Long Tall Sally lace top and LTS Chelsea boots.  As the day warmed up, I ditched the jacket and scarf and realized that I had totally forgot to put on a necklace! Oops!

Tall travel style Burgundy

One of my favorite things was seeing the horse plowing the ground between the Romanée Conti vineyard. This vineyard produces some of the most expensive and famous wine in the world with bottles selling for thousands of dollars! That completely blows my mind but now back to the horse. I was quite enamored of the horse and found him to be a lot more pleasing to the eye than the tractors I had seen in other vineyards.

Romanee Conti vineyards with horse plowing

Romanee Conti vineyards with horse plowing

Another favorite stop of the day was to the small village of Gevrey-Chambertin. We had a nice visit with a winemaker there and I loved the charming flower lined lanes in the village.

Gevrey Chambertin Gevrey Chambertin

On the very last day of our trip, we rented bikes and rode on the narrow vineyard roads through a few villages ultimately stopping at Mersault for some refreshments before heading back. I went sporty on the top with my Elle Mayers tall activewear shirt and not-so-sporty on the bottom with some skinny jeans. I immediately regretted wearing the jeans on such a nice warm day…not sure what I was thinking! It was still a really fun and relaxing ride (except for the huge bug that flew down my friend’s shirt and bit her!) The Burgundy countryside with its rolling hills and beautiful vineyards is so delightful and experiencing it by bike is a great way to get up close and personal with the vineyards.

Burgundy bike path

Bike path marked with poppies!

Bike riding through Burgundy vineyards

Poppies growing near Burgundy vineyards

More poppies!

Bike riding through villages in Burgundy

Loved riding through the sleepy villages!

The village of Mersault was quite charming. Almost seemed like something out of a storybook!

Mersault Burgundy Mersault Burgundy Mersault Burgundy

Burgundy vineyards on the bike path Riding bikes in Burgundy

I didn’t really delve into all of the food we ate on this trip but if you are ever going to the Beaune area and have questions, feel free to contact me for recommendations. I was so sad to see this trip come to an end. It truly could not have been a more perfect time with our friends and we all have so many amazing memories from it.

Your turn…

Have you ever been to Lake Annecy or Burgundy? How about other places in France? Do you like to rent bikes when you go on vacation?

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  • Reply Andrea@WellnessNotes July 11, 2016 at 11:49 am

    I have never been to Lake Annecy or Burgundy, but it looks absolutely lovely! Sorry the weather didn’t cooperate all that much for your trip, but it looks & sounds like you still had a nice time!

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures July 12, 2016 at 8:34 pm

      Both are 100% amazing! The funny thing is, the weather on the 10 day trip was great except for that one day in Annecy. So I really can’t complain too much!

  • Reply Lauren July 11, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Hi Beth,

    Lake Annecy is stunning … your photos are incredible! I hope that you’ll be able to visit again when the weather is warmer. It seems like there is so much to do surrounding the lake. All of your outfit choices look comfortable and stylish … something I struggle to achieve while traveling. I always find it so tough to maintain comfort for walking/biking around town, and wearing something that looks beautiful. You do it seamlessly though!


    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures July 12, 2016 at 8:36 pm

      Thanks Lauren. Glad you enjoyed the photos. I hope we can have a longer visit in warmer weather too. Your comments re my outfit choices are so kind and made my day. I feel like I’ve gotten pretty good at looking decent while walking around towns but the more active stuff like biking still stumps me a bit. I’m sure I’ll figure it out one of these days

  • Reply Bree July 12, 2016 at 4:49 am

    Ah these pictures bring me back to the amazing times I had at lake. I have to make it back there. It looks like you guys had a blast. Thank you for bringing back some great memories. Looking forward to see what is next.

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures July 12, 2016 at 8:44 pm

      So glad the pictures bring back good memories Bree! I do hope you make it back someday. It was so relaxing and beautiful (as I know you know).

  • Reply Caroline @ Pretty Long July 22, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Dear Beth,

    This looks like an amazing trip! I love the pictures of the little towns and the beautiful nature. The restaurant at the lake looks fabulous! I’ve been in the region Alsace three years ago and loved it so much. I felt like being in a real time fairy tale with all those cute towns and houses. Your article reminded me a lot of this trip. When my boyfriend and I travel, we always try to rent bikes. It’s the best way to get around, you see so much in such a short time. Plus you get a little work out in, so I can justify the extra dessert I will have in the evenings 🙂

    Thanks for another great blog post!
    All the best and have a nice weekend!

    • Reply Tall Fashion Adventures July 25, 2016 at 9:32 pm

      Hi Caroline! It was indeed an amazing trip. I love Alsace too and it really is like a fairy tale. And I totally agree that getting a fun workout in on a bike is the perfect vacation activity!

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