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The town hall of Abondance occupies this large building which was part of the old abbey, founded around the year 1100. To visit the magnificent cloister, go up the alley to the left of the building. Here we turn our backs on the Dranse, the river that runs through the village.
Less than 10km from Chamonix, this small village is less posh than the famous resort at the foot of the Mont Blanc massif, but its glacier has nothing to envy the mythical Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice). When the visibility is good of course! That day, one could barely make out the highest summit in Europe...
Col de la Faucille
At the top of this pass, which links the Geneva region to the French Jura, at 1323m, you will find car parks, restaurants and numerous hiking possibilities. There is also a rail sledging course with a slope of 37%, but we didn't have time to try it out!
The seigneury of Ferney was acquired in 1758 by the French philosopher Voltaire, who had this house built on the ruins of the old castle. He lived there for 20 years and the castle and its gardens have now become a place of memory open to the public.
Fort l´Ecluse
When we went there during our 2022 "Switzerland Tour outside Switzerland", the fort was not yet open on weekdays. It opens at weekends only from May to mid-June, and then every day until mid-September. Outside these periods it can only be visited in groups and upon reservation.
The footbridge that crosses the French-Swiss border offers extraordinary panoramic views of Lake Geneva, the terraced vineyards of Lavaux and the Riviera. It offers Saint-Gingolph a great tourist attraction!
The Salève (alt. 1379m) is an emblematic mountain and leisure destination of Geneva, located on French territory. We are here next to the cable car that climbs it from Etrembières, a few dozen metres from the Swiss border. The cable car has been undergoing renovation since 2021 and will be back in service in 2023.
The Cirque du Fer-à-Cheval ("Horseshoe Cirque"), an exceptional rocky amphitheatre where more than thirty waterfalls gush out of the cliffs is a car-free area but can be reached by road. You just have to leave your car in a paying car park located a few hundred metres away.
Located on the shores of Lake Léman (Lake Geneva), just north of the town of Thonon-les-Bains, the Castle of Ripaille is an ancient manor house dating from the 14th century and a listed building. It is open to the public for tours of its historic buildings, seminars, weddings and receptions, exhibitions and cultural events.
Located on the southern shore of Lake Léman (Lake Geneva), the picturesque French medieval town of Yvoire has only one flaw: it is totally tourist-oriented and therefore overcrowded with visitors. But it is definitely worth a visit and this short virtual stroll will prove it.
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