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... next adventure, a cog railway up to a glacier. One that used to be so big it was known as the La Mer de Glacé (Sea of ice). Unfortunately those days were long gone. There were markers along the walk down to the glacier that showed its size in years gone by. It has really shrunk in the last decade, which was quite saddening. The route to the glacier involved the cog railway, then a cable car, then 200 steps. Inside the ...
... to mark my arrival. "Pas de problem", I said to myself, as I had a good distance to cover to get to the town of Orbe for my first night en Suisse.
The walk was easier than I thought. It was mostly downhill, which was fine but for the need to negotiate a tricky descent through a deep, winding gorge. Once that was behind me, the only thing to contend with was heavy rain for the last hour of the slog into town.
The tourist office found me somewhere to stay. I shared a ...
... We understood the English video a little better than the French one... We also went for a short stroll through the city, checking out sites such as the fountain, flower clock and bridges. We were relieved to finally have some rest after all that riding in the rain. One thing that is confusing me is that the Rhone is filling Lac Leman full of dark grey coloured water, yet the water in Geneva is crystal clear. There are lots of ...
... and we seized this opportunity to get the tent packed up, and soon enough we were on our way. Our legs warmed up quickly, as we rode uphill immediately to leave the campsite. Up, up and up into the vineyards on the hill high above the campsite. After a fair bit of climbing, we reached the spot we were at yesterday, where I thought the climbing would end. It didn't. Up, up, and up. Then super steep down. Then super steep up, possibly the steepest ups ...
... The highlights of the day were St. Pierre Cathedral (a bit of exercise in the morning going up all those stairs to the top). My favourite part was the lake Léman cruise!! It was my first time in Switzerland in the summer (I'm usually there when I'm skiing), the sight of all the green, trees, coffee shops, sunshine... It was like living inside a postcard, I don't think I can describe the beauty in words, and even my iPhone camera can't capture what my eyes have ...
Other places to stay in Thonon-les-Bains
2, Ter Avenue d'Evian, Thonon-les-Bains | Hotelfrom $83
18 place de Crete, Thonon-les-Bains | 3 star hotelfrom $91
Pont de Drance, Thonon-les-Bains | Hotelfrom $46
Avenue de la Grangette, Thonon-les-Bains | Hotelfrom $64
17 Place De Crete, Thonon-les-Bains | Hotelfrom $66
40 Boulevard Carnot, Thonon-les-Bains | Hotelfrom $88
10 boulevard du Canal, Thonon-les-Bains | 2 star hotelfrom $80