Day 1,150 of Traveling the World, Retrospective: Lake Geneva: Lausanne, Switzerland; Evian-les-Bains, France; La Cite Medievale d’Yvoire, France. March 26, 2021.

Flowers everywhere! You would never ever think that this was October in Europe, as it looks like Spring is bustin’ out all over! We visited the Lake Geneva area from October 7-9, 2014.

The first four photos are of Lake Geneva from the Switzerland side, in Lausanne. Our hotel was in Evian, France, across the lake, so we crossed over, but in the morning returned to Lausanne to explore its Old Town. It is such a pretty city! The next five photos are from the old quarter. We found an American Store there, which most large European cities tend to have, and found chunky peanut butter and Tabasco sauce. Don’t laugh…scoring “real” peanut butter across the sea is huge. Local brands don’t taste very good. For lunch that day, we threw caution to the wind and tried a sandwich of Brie with fresh raspberries (rather than ham or turkey) on rustic raisin bread. It was beyond amazing!

The rest of the photos are of Evian and Yvoire, which is a bona-fide medieval city established in 1306. We took two 20-minute bus rides from Evian to get there, about 20 miles to the west of us, on the shore of Lake Geneva. As you can see, every business, every porch, every back yard was just blooming with pretty flowers. And all glimpses of water that you see are, of course, Lake Geneva. We both recall that it rained about half of the time we were there, so we didn’t get to see as many of the villages surrounding the lake as we had intended. It seems we need a longer stay to give you a more thorough report! As soon as the world opens up again…