Evian! I envisioned a utopia of vast pools, flowing fountains and inviting spas.
Instead, I found a petite village of cobblestone streets lined with colorful old houses and a lengthy, flower-lined promenade. The town looks like many others that line Lake Geneva, only smaller. Much smaller.
It takes about five minutes to see the whole area. There is a spa at one end of the town center and an exhibit on the town’s history in the Hall d’Exposition. The bottling plant is 5k out of town.
The best way to reach Evian is via ferry across Lake Geneva.
Evian sits on the French side of Lake Geneva, or Lac Léman as it is called in French.