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Thonon-Les-Bains, France

Posted on February 15th, 2016

I have been working very hard to earn extra hours in order to visit Amsterdam next week. So I hadn’t planned on having an outing this weekend. But things worked out a little differently and so I had Saturday afternoon off and knew I needed to have an outing. Having only an afternoon I decided to take the 30 minute train to Thonon-Les-Bains. Thonon is a little fishing village on Lake Geneva.

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When I left Annemasse the sun was shining but by the end of the train ride a sad and crying cloud had settled over Thonon. I could barely even see the lake through the cloud and rain. It was very bleak. I began looking around and soon spotted some lovely cobbled streets lined with colourful buildings, boulangeries, patisseries and chocolatiers. This left me a little bit more inspired and so I began snapping away photos.

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The rain subsided a bit and so I made my way down to the port. Walking along the quay, I just took in the gorgeous and panoramic vista of the turquoise Lake and snow-capped peaks of Lausanne, Switzerland. I just felt so at peace in that moment.

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The weather wasn’t very forgiving and soon raindrops began to dance upon the water’s surface. I decided a warm café with a hot drink and treat might be the best way to escape the downpour.

After much comparison of dessert prices and darting between spots of shelter I found a very inviting ‘Chez Fernand’. It was kinda like a tapas bar and was done so tastefully. The gouté (snack) special and atmospheric vibe lured me in and soon I was enjoying Crepe Suzette and a warm chai vanilla drink.

Songs like 1985 by Bowling for Soup and other great English punk rock songs played in the background as I did two of my favourite things: people watch and write in my travel journal. I really had such a wonderful moment of happiness as I enjoyed my first proper French café experience.

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I’m really enjoying my little day trips and being able to discover this little corner of France and Switzerland. Of course I’m also very excited for my proper holidays that I have planned. In a week’s time I will be flying to Amsterdam where I will spend 3 nights. I have also paid for my air tickets and accommodation deposit for my week trip to Italy in April. I’m going to be meeting up with one of my best friends from South Africa, Khara. It’s all very exciting and I’m so grateful for this incredible opportunity to travel and be out of my comfort zone. I can already see how I’ve grown in leaps and bounds as a person after only 7 weeks.

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