Where I grew up…

Thonon-Les-Bains is a beautiful place on the border of Lake Geneva where I grew-up, in Haute-Savoie, France.

When you live abroad, there comes a time when you don’t really know what you should call “home”…

Speaking of which, my friend Maya wrote a nice post about this feeling, you can find here. I love to think that home is where my heart is. The thing is… that my heart is a little widespread, anyway it’s trained for that, no issue.

A piece of my heart is in France. France is well-known for Paris, its French Riviera, Normandy, and other marvelous places… But there are so many other jewels to be discovered. I do love Paris (you can see some of my favorite clichés here), I’m a Parisian, but not only… I grew-up in Thonon-Les-Bains on the border of Lake Geneva. Actually, you would call it Lac Léman, from a French border point of view…

The city is two hours drive from Lyon, France. It represents the perfect blend of lake and mountains that you can in France. It is an attractive place, pleasant to live and to visit. Thonon-Les-Bains has been spoilt by nature, the environment is amazing. I’m taking you for a walk… a walk in the city center, a mixture of history and modernity.


My best addresses in Thonon-Les-Bains: If you love cheese, I mean real cheese… you must pay a visit to Boujon , it’s been a reference in France for more than 40 years, and you will find the best cheese ever! (and this means a lot for a Frenchie living in the United-States)

Then, stop by at the Cours des Halles, for fresh organic fruits and vegetables

And enjoy a great lunch at La Brasserie du Général

The heart of the city is like a terrace overlooking the Lake, you will enjoy a stunning view from the Town Hall and around.

From here you can walk down to the Port, but it is kind of slopping, so you can also grad the cable car.

The Port gathers a lovely fishing port, a marina, where you will enjoy a glass of rosé “en terrasse” during summer.

The only regret I could express is that the marina isn’t a little more focused on attracting people around, by becoming 100% pedestrian area and offering a few more shops for example…

A “promenade” continues the Marina, that’s the place to be on Sundays, where you can walk, take a breath or express yourself in skating…


The “promenade” leads to one of my favorite spots, the town-pool that lies on the lake with a peaceful view on Swiss mountains.

I currently live in Miami, which I tend to call home after one year spent here. Anyway, Thonon-Les-Bains will always be the most inspiring and chilling place in the world to me! Maybe the fact that my family still lives there is part of the reason…!

I hope you enjoyed the walk. What about you, is there only one place you can really call home?