The Town by the Lake, Aix-Les-Bains

For the last couple of years I have spent my holidays seeing Europe by train and trekking to gorgeous little towns around France and Italy. One of my particular favourites has had to be the town of Aix-Les-Bains, nestled quietly next to the towering Alps and the beautiful Lac Du Bourget in France.

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The weather here can be changeable and on the couple of occasions I have visited it has been prone to some quite fantastic thunderstorms! More specifically after our arrival it seemed to pour with rain as soon as we’d walked into the hotel lobby! We also had a bbq one evening which resulted in a quick dash inside when the first spots of a heavy shower started to plop onto our plates.

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For those who are keen cyclists the location is perfect and the nearby Chambery is the finishing point for Stage 9 of the 2017 Tour De France. Routes close to Aix-Les-Bains include Col Du Chat and the renowned Mont Du Chat, for those who would like more of a challenge and is also to be featured on the 2017 Tour de France.

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For those who like to explore on two feet, I recommend taking a trip down to Lac Du Bourget and what better way to get there than by miniature train which leaves the Hotel De Ville throughout the day. This is a perfect way to see the town – the commentary is mostly in French – but it is still wonderful to see the beautiful scenery on the way down to the lakeside. Once by the lake you have the opportunity to walk for miles, there are lovely areas to sit and relax as well as wonderful bars and restaurants which I’m sure would be open in an evening to watch the world go by.

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Although there are not many chain stores here, it is a beautiful town to stroll around at a leisurely pace, visiting the various independent stores. I bought some stunning shoes in one of the stores – a gorgeous pair of pastel coloured wedges. I had a wonderful morning enjoying some retail therapy and planning my dream French maison!

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If you are looking for a fabulous hotel in which to base yourself for the duration of your stay then definitely take a look at the Golden Tulip. With recently refurbished spa facilities it is the perfect place to relax and rest those aching feet from all that retail therapy. The large bar and reception area is perfect for chilling out – reading a book or catching up with the latest on the Tour De France on their widescreen TVs.

If you are looking for a town where you can truly practice your French. This is the place to go. I had quite an experience in a French lingerie shop where as it happened I had a brief lapse in remembering any French bar the words ‘tres chaud’ and manically trying to mime how hot the weather was outside.. fortunately the two French ladies were extremely excited about the fact that I was even attempting to speak their language – a very amusing experience by both parties involved!

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Becky

Pretty & Petit

 

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9. The Bear and Miss Rabbit

This week our featured business is… The Bear and Miss Rabbit!

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I first spotted The Bear and Miss Rabbit via Twitter when they were promoting this fabulous Tidlo city of London train set. This is one of my absolute favourite products on the website – perhaps from being a Londoner myself! It includes a whole range of London landmarks in miniature including Buckingham Palace, London Eye, the BT Tower and the Tower of London. It is currently priced at £37.99.

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I absolutely love traditional, wooden toys and this Seedling Design Your Own Wooden Shield is perfect for any knight! It is a great “2 in 1” toy with the morning spent designing the shield using the colourful paints provided and the afternoon spent through play rescuing the princess from the dragon! It is currently priced at £17.99 in the sale.

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This cute Country Play Kitchen is perfect for those who are budding bakers! With an oven, hob and sink the kitchen also includes utensils to make delicious meals! It is currently priced at £110.

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Make the most of days when the sun is shining and get a few friends round for a game of skittles. I love this Peter Rabbit themed set which is great for encouraging hand eye co-ordination. It is currently priced at £16.99.

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For those rainy days why not invest in a couple of craft sets. These are a couple of my favourites which are under £5 and are great way to spend an afternoon!

Melissa and Doug Create a Craft Princess Magnets – Currently £3.99 for a set of 2.

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​Standard delivery is £3.99 on all orders for UK mainland delivery. Orders over £50 are delivered free of charge with standard delivery. Please allow 3 working days for delivery (although parcels are usually delivered quickly!)

To visit their website please click here.

All images are taken from The Bear and Miss Rabbit website.

All prices correct as of 16th February 2015.

Becky at Pretty & Petit