My wife and I arrived at Yvoire aboard a wonderful paddle steamer that plies various small town ports around Lake Lemen, (we travelled from Nyon). The village is dominated by the Hotel Le Flots Bleu and the (silver coloured) spire of a wonderful old church which, I believe may be Russian. If you arrive as we did in August then the quaint little streets are a riot of colour with flowers tumbing over the buildings from window boxes and tubs. There are many very interesting arts and crafts on show, many commanding a very high price, but there are more affordable tourist items as well. Feeding the many visitors is obviously a priority and there are many very nice restaraunts. A local speciality is fillet of Perch (caught in the lake). This did not immediately appeal to me as I had often fished for these spiky little fish as a boy and could not immediately think of eating them! Nontheless my brother in law insisted and I took his recommendation. If you like fish, I hope you take mine - they are really delicious. However it is not an inexpensive choice so be prepared for a cost of approximately 26 euro per head for this dish! Overall a lovely place for a visit, a couple of hours wandering the arts and crafts vendors and a good lunch. Steam lovers and engineers should try to arrive on the paddle steamer as the brilliantly polished steam engine is the centrepiece of the ship and obviously well loved, gleaming brass and immaculate.
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