8/20/08 - We make a morning decision to circumnavigate Lake Geneva in a clockwise direction and take along our passports in case they are required for entering and leaving France.
We pass unimpeded into France near Port Valais and continue along the southern shore of the lake to Evian where we made a pit stop and take a few pictures. The town is home of Evian Mineral water, which makes up the foundation of the economy together with the Casino d'Evian, largest themed casino in Europe, and the Evian Royal Resort, favorite haunt of former French President François Mitterand.
Our next photo-op is the town of Vevey. The town of 16,000 has long been popular with British and European celebrities--among them, the London-born Charlie Chaplin, who lived for 25 years in the neighboring village of Corsier-sur-Vevey (where he was buried after his death in 1977). Chocolate, baby formula, and other foods also play a role in Vevey's prosperity: Nestlé was founded here, and the company's international headquarters in Vevey has 1,600 employees from more than 70 countries.
From Vevey we make a quick stop at the Migros in Aigle before hurredly driving toward home in the hope of a good sunset and are greatly rewarded for our efforts.