Our Adaptable Adventure – The incredibly beautiful view on the lake

When The Viking and I walked around in the medieval center of Yvoire, we simply couldn’t believe our eyes. Such beauty! It was so charming and pretty and there was a soothing, tranquil atmosphere. And then we arrived at the border of the lake, Lake Leman that is:

Lake Geneva or Lake Léman (FrenchLac Léman, LémanGermanGenfersee) is a lake in Switzerland and France. It is one of the largest lakes in Western Europe. 59.53 % 345.31 km2 (133.32 sq mi) of it comes under the jurisdiction of Switzerland (cantons of  VaudGeneva, and Valais), and 40.47 % 234.71 km2 (90.62 sq mi) under France (Haute-Savoie). The average surface elevation of 372 m (1,220 ft) above sea level is controlled by the Seujet Dam[1] in Geneva.[2]

Lake Geneva, formed by a retreating glacier, has a crescent shape that narrows around Yvoire on the southern shore. It can thus be divided figuratively into the “Grand Lac” (Large Lake) to the east and the “Petit Lac” (Small Lake) to the west. The Chablais Alps border its southern shore, the western Bernese Alps lie over its eastern side. The high summits of Grand Combin and Mont Blanc are visible from some places.

This is the explanation that you can find in Wikipedia. As you can imagine, between reading these bare facts and seeing the real lake there is a huge difference! When we saw Lake Leman, we had to look for a place to sit down and let it all sink in. It was just perfect: the landscape, the harbor, the weather, the few people around. Idyllic and picturesque! It was enchanting to look at the different shades of blue of water, sky and the distant mountains.

We stayed here for a long time… It was actually difficult for us to leave Yvoire behind; we simply didn’t want to be separated from all this beauty. But we had to go. Another place at Lake Leman was waiting for us and then … the Dordogne!


  • Peggy Isaacs September 14, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    It’s no wonder you did not want to leave. Beautiful.

    • thesweetkitten September 14, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      Glad you like it!

  • Madhu September 14, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Yvoire is moving way up on my bucket list 🙂 Thank you for sharing these amazing shots.

    • thesweetkitten September 15, 2012 at 9:32 am

      You’re welcome and thank you for your sweet comment!

  • eof737 September 16, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Quite spectacular… 🙂

    • thesweetkitten September 16, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      One of the most beautiful places that we saw on our trip!

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