France and Switzerland Trip

We have just come back from a very last minute trip out to France to paddle with friends and then off for some sightseeing in Switzerland.

We booked our ferry on Tuesday evening and on Friday afternoon Lou picked me up from work, and in just over an hour we were on the ferry. Our first destination was midway between Lyon and Geneva a small French village called Sault Brenaz, where we spent 4 days kayaking at Isle de la Serre, with friends from Whitewater Action Medway (WAM). Then down to St Pierre du Beouf for another day kayaking at a different location.

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After our day at St Pierre de Beouf we headed cross country towards Switzerland, as we drove over the corner of the alps we were treated to a fantastic lightning show, fortunately the rain held off until we had parked up for the night.

The following day we continued our drive visiting and taking in the sights as we drove around the south side of Lake Geneva finally ending in Montreux. we spent a couple of days in the area visiting the sights, taking a tram ride up into the mountains and a boat ride around Lake Geneva.

One of the final things we wanted to do was visit the Maison Cailler chocolate factory in Broc, Gruyère, this comprised of a tour on the history of chocolate and Caller, then you were able to view a production line making chocolates and finally the chance to taste every chocolate they make on site (Lou’s favorite part).

One last thing we managed to squeeze in, was a boat ride along the River Doubs to see the 27 meter high waterfall Saut du Doubs and the fantastic scenery of the Swiss and French borders before setting off on our dive home.