Tourist in my own country…

Being an expatriate is a perfect opportunity to re-discover my own country with fresh eyes. Yvoire is a charming village in Haute-Savoie, France.

It is a small French medieval village in-between my home-town Thonon-Les-Bains… (see the post dedicated to Thonon here) and Geneva (see there). Yvoire is a tiny village but definitively worth a visit if you are in Geneva’s lake area.

It is a gorgeous place to walk around, all pedestrian with gorgeous houses full of flowers. You can have a look at the XII century castle, which you can’t unfortunately visit, as it is still a private property. Here is a special atmosphere, you can definitively feel the Swiss border proximity.

You will find highly interesting art galleries, Galerie Fert especially, which always curates eclectic Art exhibitions, with inspiring paintings and sculptures. There are also a lot of craft shops and sweet treats stands which have the village vibrate during high-season. It can be a little crowded on Summer nights though.

The marina is so sweet too, you could easily think you are in Switzerland… or somewhere near the Como lake in Italy!

If you want to have a great dinner here, I recommend La Vielle Porte restaurant, you can enjoy excellent food en terrasse with a stunning view over the lake.

The Restaurant Hotel du Port is a must if you want to stay overnight, the location on the lake is just perfect.

Hope you enjoyed this little walk. Do you know Yvoire, would you visit if you had the opportunity?