Charmed by Aix-les-Bains

My recent trip to France was not part of the original plan. I was only supposed to travel to Belgium for an umpiring assignment. It just happened that an invitation arrived for a conference in Aiguebelette as well. I decided to attend since the date was quite close to my other commitment.

The first time I heard of Aix-les-Bains was when I got a list of recommended hotels near the conference venue in Lac d’Aiguebelette area. My contact from the organizers in Lausanne emailed it to me. I picked the hotel in Aix-les-Bains because it had the most user-friendly website. But I had zero knowledge about the place.

Usually, I take time to do some research to find out more about my destinations every time I travel. But I was not able to do that before my trip because things had been hectic. So I was clueless about what to expect. And I was okay with that.

The trip that brought me to the picturesque town of Aix-les-Bains was a long and tiring one. It took me roughly more than 24 hours (including transits). I started my trip in Davao then spent about 10 hours at the airport in Manila waiting for my flight. Then it was 9 hours to Abu Dhabi plus almost 4 hours of layover. I met up as planned with my colleague from Myanmar at the boarding gate. She was attending the conference with me. The last leg of our journey took a little over 7 hours. I was drained by the time we landed in Geneva. Someone picked us up at the airport and drove us to Aix-les-Bains. It took us less than 2 hours to get to our destination. It was a pleasant ride in roads surrounded by beautiful scenery.

I thought that I would be spending the rest of the afternoon sleeping when we arrive at the hotel. But a bath and brief rest re-energized us enough to venture outside to see more of the place. I was immediately charmed by what I saw and experienced at that time. There was something about Aix-les-Bains that made me fall in love with it. It is restful, but far from boring. It has a quiet elegance that is not standoffish. And I like how most of the people I met were nice. Some even took the time to chat with my friend and me. Quaint, charming, and fascinating are just some of the words that I can think of to describe it. I wish I could have stayed longer.

I arrived not expecting anything. And I left brimming with good memories.

View from the hotel room's balcony. (02.09.2015)
View from the hotel room’s balcony. (02.09.2015)
Walking towards Gare d'Aix-les-Bains-Le Revard.
Walking towards Gare d’Aix-les-Bains-Le Revard.
Gare d'Aix-les-Bains-Le Revard
Gare d’Aix-les-Bains-Le Revard
View from in front of Gare d'Aix-les-Bains-Le Revard
View from in front of Gare d’Aix-les-Bains-Le Revard
Casino Grand Cercle
Casino Grand Cercle
At a park near the hotel.
At a park near the hotel.
At the park.
At the park.
At the park.
At the park.
I went to a boulangerie near the hotel to buy bottled water. I could not resist this choco pastry. It tasted even better than it looked.
I went to a boulangerie near the hotel to buy bottled water. I could not resist this choco pastry. Yummy!
Egg tart. My friend's choice.
Egg tart. My friend’s choice.
Breakfast at the hotel
Breakfast at the hotel
Dinner somewhere in town. Galette Estivale
Dinner somewhere in town. Galette Estivale.
Hotel across the street.
Hotel across the street.

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(2-5 Sep 2015)

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