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Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

Discover Paris in the spring, Caen in Normandy and its marvellous markets plus Yvoire, a picturesque village on the edge of Lake Geneva in Haute-Savoie. Explore Saint-Omer, a historic city in the far north that's full of secrets and treasures, and Evian, where Frankenstein's monster stayed! Head with us to Metz in Lorraine to find out about its incredible past, La Couvertoirade, one of the prettiest villages in France, and the UNESCO heritage of Avignon. Guides, gorgeous photos, what's new in France, the best tours and delicious recipes from the legendary Le Nôtre bakery in Paris - and more.

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Lac Leman

Lac Leman (Lake Geneva in English) is the

largest lake in western Europe. It gets its name

from either the Greek for ‘lake’s port’ or the

Celtic word ‘limos’, referring to the local fertile

mud. It’s just a 30-minute ferry crossing from

Evian to Lausanne from where you can easily

visit the Swiss Riviera and the steep-sided

UNESCO-listed Lavaux vineyards on the

shores of the lake. If you do, stop for a tasting

of the local Chasselas wines. The Domaine

Bovard in Cully is one of the best, their Buxus

Sauvignon Blanc is superb. In the 12 th century,

Cistercian monks created miles of walls and

terraces using French stones across the lake to

support the terraces. So, there are, arguably,

two French sides of Lake Geneva. The monks

also planted the original vine rootstock.

Lunch at Tout un Monde Restaurant in Lavaux

and you’ll enjoy a view down most of the 104

mile perimeter, croissant-shaped, 25-mile long

Evian Resort golf course © Hotel R Evian Resort

by 11-mile wide lake which is fed by forty-two

rivers. From the terrace you see Evian, the

Bernese Alps, Mont Pelerin, the Savoie and

Valais mountains, Montreux and Vevey. While

digesting your char, féra, perch fillets and lake

shrimps you can watch the yachts and swanky

boats as you relish the fabulous view.

Frankenstein connection

Everyone sleeps well at the Hotel Royal.

All except Mrs Frankenstein. She and her

husband honeymooned there, before she was

strangled. In Mary Shelley’s dark tale, Victor

Frankenstein, the creator of the monster,

agrees to create a mate for him. Destroying it

before completion, the monster vows ‘I will be

with you on your wedding night.’ On the day

Victor married Elisabeth, the monster breaks

into the bridal suite at the Hotel Royal and

strangles the new bride.

The Good Life France | 63

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