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Canton Geneva

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.

Circumnavigation of Lake Geneva

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.
Evian Harbour Casino d'Evian Fountain in Evian Fountain Detail
We continue our drive to Geneva which is widely regarded as a global city, mainly because of the presence of numerous international organizations, including the headquarters of many of the agencies of the United Nations and the Red Cross. It is also the place where the Geneva Conventions were signed, which chiefly concern the treatment of wartime non-combatants and prisoners of war.
Geneva Fountain Geneva Geneva Geneva Swan
Next stop is Lausanne located some 31 miles northeast of Geneva. It is the capital of the canton of Vaud and of the district of Lausanne. The headquarters of the International Olympic Committee are located in Lausanne, as are the headquarters of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Lausanne Lausanne Lausanne Cathedral

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.

Vevey Vevey Vevrey Vevey

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.

Sunset Dents de Morcles Sunset on Dents Du Midi Sunset from La Nichee Sunset on Mont Blanc Glacier

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