With our BMW packed, and ‘Bridgitte’ our trusty GPS navigator, we left Interlaken, destination Annecy, France. Decided to avoid the fast Autobahns and take the scenic route – 244km, approx 4 hours. Our trip took us along the banks of the Thunersee (another Lake hidden by low cloud), then along Route 11 to Zweisimenn. The cloud lifted in time, as we drove through Swiss countryside, mountains, cows with bells, pine trees and green green grass, interspersed with many small Alpine towns.
We left Route 11 at the posh ski village of Gstaad, passing Bentleys, Ferraris and Porsches in the main street. Stopping briefly on the Col du Pillon, language has suddenly moved from Swiss-German to Swiss-French, Guten Tag was now Bonjour. Our lunch stop in Les Diaberets was our first Patisserie Lunch, with Jambon et Fromage Baguettes and a Strawberry Tarte. The decent towards Lake Geneva was another Kodak moment. The only down side had been we were hugging the wall side of the road for the entire trip, which meant numerous steering wheel gripping moments as the gap between the wall on the right and the truck/bus/car on the left got increasingly small. Thankfully traffic was minimal, so we had much of the road and the views, to ourselves.
Crossing the French border, we drove through Evian, not bothering to stop to taste the water, and on to the Savoie town of Annecy.
Cow, chalets, mountains.
En-route to France
Route 11, decending from Les Diablerets to Aigle