When Visiting Geneva, Don't Forget About this Less-Travelled Corner of France
Visiting Geneva? Enjoy your stay in that beautiful city, but after your Saturday night fondue supper, when you wake up Sunday morning ready to enjoy a stroll and work off the cheese, remember that just a few miles away is a part of France rarely visited by tourists. Take the time to find and enjoy the Sunday morning market at Divonne les Bains, France in the foothills of the Jura Mountains. There you will find oysters and chilled champagne served fresh on folding metal tables frequented by be-capped local French men and their well-appointed companions standing up for their quick repast, artisanal breads, wines, cheeses, meats, honey, and a vast array of seasonal local fruits and vegetables. The nougat man alone is worth visiting, with his ready and detailed explanation of the art of nougat-making, related to you with the passion of his life's work. Dry goods are also available at the stalls or in shops on the main street. Notable among the small shops is the one selling French bistro tables and chairs (sit for a moment and rest your weary feet) and the kitchenwares store, which is always jam-packed and easy to find, with its bright and cheerful wares spilling out onto the street enticingly. On other days of the week the markets take place in other French towns surrounding Geneva, often with the same vendors at each, but Divonne is among the best, with the added advantage of easy access from Geneva by bus or car.