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quaint town near Swiss border

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quaint town near Swiss border

My husband and I are going to be spending 3-4 weeks in Switzerland this fall. I've considered taking a day trip (and/or spending a night) in France if there is a town that would really be worth seeing. We'll be concentrating our time in the southwestern portion of Switzerland. Is there a town that would give us a sense of experiencing something special about France, as well as being located within an hour or two of the Swiss border? I am not necessarily looking for a touristy location, just a nice place that might give us something different than we could find in the French area of Switzerland.

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1. Re: quaint town near Swiss border

Try Annecy, a very pretty little town on a lake.

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2. Re: quaint town near Swiss border

Thanks for the suggestion of Annecy! It looks like a very pretty town.

Does anyone else have any thoughts? I may have made a mistake by saying we'll be in the SW part of France. We'll be traveling from Bern to Geneva to Zermatt, so there's quite a bit of France to consider.

We don't speak any French-will that be a problem? Also, we're vegetarians. We're happy to stick to bread, cheese, pastries, & wine. As we'd only be in the area for a day, I'm hoping the food won't be an issue.

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4. Re: quaint town near Swiss border

yes Annecy is a suggestion it's a small town, the lake is beuatifull. You can also go from Geneva to Lyon (rent a car or take the train), the old Lyon is very pleasant to visit ...Bourg en bresse not really interesting ...Megève could also be an alternative, it's a well known mountain station ...

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5. Re: quaint town near Swiss border

Having read your more specific itinerary, I would still suggest Annecy. It will take you only an hour to drive from Geneva and it's easy to get the feel of the place in a day - it's a beautiful town, though, yes, Lakes and mountains are the dominant scenery. There is a range of restaurants and for a vegetarian, you could have a cheese speciality dish (though you'll probably have enough of them in Switzerland) - especially something made with Reblochon, the local cheese ... avoid tartiflette as it usually has lardons (bacon bits) in it ... but often they offer a Reblochon tart or some other concoction - best thing is just to ask - especially in the restaurants in Annecy which is a major, but still beautiful tourist city, most restaurants have someone that speaks at least 'food English', so just specify no meat/no fish etc.

By the way, you didn't say if you had a car - trains to Annecy from Geneva are very long-winded, if you aren't driving, then check out the buses from the bus station, this will be faster.

Lyon would be the best choice to visit a really big and important French city, but I would recommend taking the train as you don't want to have a car in such a big city and if possible spend a night.

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