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Did you know that the real name for Lake Geneva in Switzerland is Lake Leman? Or that it is lined with terraced slopes full of neat vineyards the produce mineral, austere wines that you can only purchase there because the Swiss don’t export it? We were lucky enough to spend three days admiring it up close; sipping some of that wine while we watched the sun set into it from the balcony of our friend Amie O’Shaughnessy’s house, riding a boat across its silky blue surface, or collecting beach glass from its shores. But I think the best of Switzerland and of the lake is that you can do absolutely normal things – summer vacation things, like jumping off a dock into the water – all while you are surrounded by the glorious foothills of the Alps.
This post is part of my Postcards from the Road, Summer 2012 series, where I’ll be sharing short pictorial posts of our adventures in Europe. Tomorrow we’ll head away from the lake and into the mountains. Hope you’ll come along – and wish you were here.