A trip over the border to the weekly market in the French spa town of Divonne-les-Bains is a great way to begin your Sunday.
If you are lucky and find a seat outside one of the cafes or bars like L’Aparté, order a beverage and watch the cosmopolitan throng juggle their bags of cherries, vine tomatoes, garlic bulbs, apricots and cherries.
Saucisson with nuts, cèpes, peppercorns or simply nature? Perhaps a floaty summer dress takes your eye or you can treat yourself to an armful of scented Peonies or a bag of colourful bonbons. There are some interesting boutique shops which also open on market-day like Couleur Nature, full of tantalising homewares.
Pop your purchases back in the car and take a short walk across to Lac de Divonne, a 99-acres artifical lake built in 1964. Joggers, cyclists, mums with pushchairs and chattering dog-walkers take advantage of the easy path which loops this beautiful little lake.
Divonne-les-Bains is also great for a date night à deux. Come sundown, L’Aparté converts into a wonderfully kitsch cocktail-bar and you can even satisfy your expat urge for a good curry at the Karishma Lounge (booking advised).
Words, photo credit and copyright Linda Scott 2012 at Scott Stock Photography
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