A guide to two nights in Annecy, France

Before I went to Annecy everyone I mentioned it to was either full of raptures on how wonderful it was, or seemed jealous as they hadn’t made it there yet. As such, my expectations were perhaps higher than they would usually be when going to a new place. I’d seen a few pictures of the old town, but otherwise I knew very little about Annecy other than the fact the town was right next to a lake of the same name. Our friend who were visiting in Lyon suggested combining our trip to see him with a short stay in Annecy, and we were more than happy to take that recommendation. Although we made our trip in the week (arriving Sunday lunchtime and leaving Tuesday morning) it could be adapted to any two-night period.

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Review: Bouchon Bistrot, Hexham

I was first lucky enough to go to the Bouchon Bistrot a few years ago, and made my first return visit recently. It was recommended to our family as we all love french food, and it certainly didn’t disappoint! One of the things that I really love about Bouchon Bistrot is that it proves that you don’t need to be living in a city to have access to the best restaurants. Hexham is a small market town, and (like we did) it would be very easy to visit the town for years without knowing of the existence of the bistrot. Despite this, it was very busy when we visited and it is always best to book in advance.

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Rustique, Castlegate, York

Most people who are familiar with York are familiar with the delights of Rustique. If you are not, or if at some stage you are planning to visit this beautiful city, then I suggest that you become acquainted with this wonderful restaurant. It is so good there are now two in the city and if you want to go at the weekend then you need to book in advance otherwise you just won’t get a seat.

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