Tour of Lake Geneva

Today has been a really long day for me (and Maddi). We woke up at 5:45 this morning and left for a farmer’s market at 6. We walked about a mile and got to the site before 6:30. People were arriving and setting up their booths. We decided to go to the bakery down the street and grab a snack while we waited. We got almond croissants that were so amazing. I also got a cafe au lait. 

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We waited until almost 7:20 and decided to walk through the stalls. People were still setting up and nobody looked ready to sell. Previously we had driven by and they had been all set up and in business. I asked and an woman said they usually started at 8 or 8:30. Here are all of the amazing things we weren’t able to buy. 

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The fresh fruit looked amazing. I wanted to eat some cheese with our bread and maybe some olives. There was so much that looked good, but we were just too early! 

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I was told that they had the best baguettes at this farmer’s market. We noticed some of the vendors walking from the bakery down the street with crates of baguettes. Time was running out and we had to hike back up the hill. We stopped by the bakery and bought 3 baguettes, one for each of us. Then it was off to tour around Lake Geneva! 

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This was a cool car we walked by on our way back. (Look familiar dad?)

First we stopped in Yvoire, a quaint little town on the lake. It has cobblestone streets and old stone buildings. Quaint little boutiques and jewelry shops lined the shore front. The sun was out for the first time in almost a week, so we basked in its warmth by the lake. 

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Our next stop was Evian. They gave us 45 minutes to walk around. Since it was a Sunday, everything was closed besides restaurants. They give us sack lunches for our all-day outings, so we didn’t really have anything to do there. I thought they would take us to the Evian water factory, but they didn’t. So we sat on a bench by the lake and poked around the town a little. 

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A local church. Almost every little town in France and Switzerland has its own little church. 

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetInteresting statue we saw. Too much yoga?

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Next we drove over an hour to Vevey. When we finally got there, we only had 30 minutes to walk around. We were supposed to meet my grandma there, but we arrived later than scheduled and we wouldn’t have had enough time to even really see her anyway. We had to cancel at the last minute. Rachel and I were disappointed. 

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We really only had time to find a restroom and grab a scoop of ice cream before running to the bus. This is the only picture I snapped while there. Lake Geneva. 

Our last stop was Montreux. I really wanted to go the the Jazz Festival, but they dropped us off a little ways from it and we didn’t really have time to walk back and enjoy it. The sidewalk was lined with vendors selling jewelry, earthy clothing, and knick-knacks. None of us found anything, but the experience was cool. 

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I just wish we had more time at each place. We drove around 6 hours today, but had less than 4 hours looking around. i’d rather be in one place for several hours, (if not a whole day), and drive for an hour or two instead. I get that they want to squeeze everything in, but we can’t even enjoy our time if we only have a half hour. 

Tomorrow school is cancelled and we are going to Annecy to celebrate France’s Independence Day. There will be fireworks and hopefully good food. We have another full-day excursion planned, and they said we’ll get back around 1 a.m. I’m going to sleep in the bus, and right now too. Good night.

 

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