er takda lah grand..it's a small airport (compared to KLIA!). Cleared customs in no time, and went to baggage - so crowded! After that had to look for the French sector of the airport, as that was where we booked the car from. Never knew Geneva had a French sector and a Swiss sector! The price difference was substantial - cheaper in France! Following the internet's direction, we went up one floor, and hey presto, found an area with about 5 rental companies, and promptly went up to one of them.
Horrors! No one had heard of us! Aiyoo! It was 2 hours later that we managed to get a car. The car booking company had bungled it up and our car was not available. HERTZ came to the rescue, manned by this Algerian guy Muhammad. Thank you Brother! He gave us the only and last car he had for 7 ppl, considering it was New Year and end of the year and peak season, we were very lucky to get it! It was very ok if you have 5 normal people and 2 midgets heheheh...Jojo and Sara were declared the smallest of the family and sat in the last row. It was quite a miracle how we managed to squeeze all our bags in! He taught us to buy the sticker nak cross to France- without it we'd be fined!
|Muhammad and very relieved customers|
|the Honda Qashqai!|
Off we went to the first hotel- La Ferme Du Lac! This was our itinerary as far as this holiday was concerned - arrive, go to the ski resort, go home. The end. nearest ski resort was Chamonix. But every single hotel within a 50 mile radius of the place, was full. My begging emails went unreplied by most. The only vacancy I could find was at this expensive-ish hotel which looked really pretty from the website. It's in Thyez - in between Geneva and Chamonix . 30 mins drive je - The drive was really pretty - harrowing experience though, going through the toll without knowing what the heck we should do, made worse by us accidentally going into the automated lane, without any assistant. Takpalah..orang puteh honk , lantaklah..
However ! We did not regret it at all! They gave us 3 rooms,and for a first night we were very happy! Rasa taknak keluar je! After what felt like ages being on the plane, we really really rested here! And the kids really enjoyed the lake nearby !
|behind the hotel!|
|front of hotel|
|3 girls' double decker room|
|the lake nearby|
|around the neighbourhood|
That first night we went out to look for food- drove around and round looking for vegetarian option..tak sangka lak ada kebab! Forgot about the algerians...After about 30 mins driving around (seriously easier than not having a car , when you have a family and when the temperature was that cold!) we found a row of arabic food ! Went into one called Barakah and yes ! they were Algerian. Halal....! Between us we could not understand french, and they could not speak English, so in the end we spoke broken Arabic hahahah. Good enough lah, we managed to order enough mixed kebab for 2 days!Although we thought it was going to be expensive, it wasn't! And the nice thing was- when we were about to go home they plied us with bread, cakes, etc and seriously, we ate that for lunch the next day! May all of Allah's blessings be on you ya brother!
The next afternoon, checked out. I know, it was heartwrenching but had to do it as we had to move to another city- so the 2nd day plan was : Chamonix, and then sleep at Annecy.. this is the view at Chamonix (no skiing just being in the mountains)- but that would be day 2! See you in a moment!