The French Connection - Vevey, Switzerland
So, what does Vevey, a small Swiss town situated on the banks of Lake of Geneva have in common with Paris? Quite a few things actually, including Gustave Eiffel, the man who designed the Eiffel Tower for the World Fair of 1889. Like many other French people, Eiffel was so attracted to the region’s hospitable climate and stunning beauty that he purchased the “Villa Valentine” in 1892 and spent several months a year in Vevey. He considered these sojourns to be “interludes” in his hectic life in Paris.
Strolling along the lake, where one’s pace automatically slows down to better appreciate a fisherman’s boat gliding across the water or a group of fuzzy ducklings bobbing along behind their mother, it’s easy to understand Eiffel’s affection for the area.
The regions long list of French residents and famous visitors includes Gustave Corbet, the French artist who went into exile after the Paris Commune; Léon Gambetta, who is famous for having escaped from the siege of Paris in a balloon on October 7, 1870; Elisée Reclus, the father of modern geography; and Romain Rolland, the French author who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1915.