Mini European Tour Day 7 – Lake Annecy

Today was a chill day! Well if you call a day full of ball games chilling, ok it was more of a sports day! We had a slight lay in before beginning the days’ activities. First up was tennis before the sun really took its burning hold on the day. A tad out of practice it took some time to warm up, rackets were swapped to improve tactic and sunglasses were removed to avoid glare. I am pleased to say that team Marmot won again (all those Sunday practices paid off then!)

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We rewarded ourselves with a cup of tea/coffee break in the garden before commencing with game numero deux, volleyball. After using yesterday’s sentence of the day we successfully asked for a volleyball from reception, although it was a professional volleyball and we were well not professionals and thus the ball was waaaaay too hard, so we trotted back to reception and ended up playing with a much lighter, bouncier ball faced with an image of Dora the Explorer! Much better! Mum and Dad won the volleyball!! Tres Bien!

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It was then time for the boys to have another quick dip in the lake (joined by a swan) whilst us girls did some important sun bathing and I began my book I’ve been longing to read – Front Roe by Louise Roe – a great fashion bible and positive book for life for women.

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Mum and Dad then scouted out the local shops and returned with an absolute feast for lunch which we quickly tucked into on the sun drenched balcony. Very French indeed, it consisted of fresh bread, garlic cheese, cheddar cheese, ham, dairy lea cheese, crisps, grapes and milka chocolate with madeleine cakes for desert.


We took a stroll to burn the calories we put on at lunch in hope of finding the crazy golf course to complete the sports day, unfortunately it happened to be closed today, typical! So instead we did part of a little walk Mum and Dad found at the tourist office, grabbed a calipo lolly and finished the day off with a game of ping pong (which Mum and Dad also won! making it 3 all!).

As we stayed in for dinner last night we decided to venture into the local town of Talloires tonight (pronounced Talwhar) for another well done steak! The historic village is apparently one of the most attractive in the French Alps, even Churchill descirbed it as ‘the most beautiful place on earth) well having visited nearly 8/9 villages in the Alps we actually thought they were all pretty gorgeous! Talloires has been enjoyed by many other well known faces over the years, including Jean Reno, Bruce Willis, President Nixon, Brigitte Bardot, Charlie Chaplin, Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco. In fact Gabriel Lippman took the first colour snapshot here!

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French sentence of the day:

Bien Cuit S’il Vous Plait: When asking for your steak ‘well done!’



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