With the exception of a visit to Evian, we’d never spent much time on the French side of Lac Leman (Lake Geneva). Everyone had told us that there wasn’t much there. Last Sunday, we took a drive up that side of the lake. It’s true, there aren’t any really large towns. There were a few places we would like to visit again.
We started out in Hermance, the last town on the Swiss side of the border. It is a cute, old town. On a Sunday morning, it was very quiet. They have a beach and a playground that could be very child-friendly in the summer.
Next, we went to Yvoire. It was our favorite stop. We walked around it’s historic walled town checked out the lakefront. We will probably take a ferry there for a late afternoon meal, stroll around the town and take a boat back around sunset.
Yvoire was surprisingly busy. It’s very steep and built into the hillside. As a result, it’s a bit more difficult to navigate. The beaches on the east side of town are rocky. We stopped and picked up tons of beach glass.
Evian can be quickly seen in an hour or two. We continued all the way to the Swiss border at Saint Gingolph. During the drive, it became clear why the French side of the lake is so sparsely populated in comparison to the Swiss side. It is bordered by steep mountains. There is very little land that is suitable for building.
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We joked that Switzerland (which needs as much farmland as it can get its hands on to feed its citizens) took all the farmable, buildable land around the lake and said to France “you can keep the mountains, we have enough of those.”