Post by Lauren
Geneva has a lot of lovely villages that surround it. During the women’s club hikes, I have been able to experience a few of these little towns. Since we walk fast through them, I just note which ones I should re-visit.
One such settlement is Hermance (pronounced Err-mance, with a silent H). Hermance is about a half hour bus ride or car ride north of Geneva. It is a lovely little village with a beautiful church and bell tower.
While the family was here, we decided to take a day trip up to it so that part of the crew could walk over the border to France. We took the bus which dropped us in the middle of town.
Dunkel kindly pushed me around as I still wasn’t up for much walking. We took a stroll down the streets of Hermance, noting it was like stepping back in time. We only saw a few pieces of evidence of technology in bikes that had been left in the street — otherwise, just a peaceful quintessential Swiss village.
During our few hours, we ventured on the stone beach. While walking near the shore, we noticed scuba gear. Apparently the town is great for diving. They even have restrooms with showers for divers.
After the walk on the beach, Dunkel, SweetWine, and The French Cougar took a quick walk over the border to France, which Mama Mia, The Gladiator and I just relaxed on the Swiss side. Their passports weren’t checked as there is no border patrol at this quiet passing, but confirmed they were in France by some gentleman walking home from Hermance.
After the border crossing adventure, the group recharged with ice cream from the local epicerie (the only grocery store in Hermance) followed by some pastries and coffee at the lone patisserie in town.
The town is quite nice for guests to experience a quaint Swiss village. And a plus for those wanting to add another country to their list.