We start the Lake Geneva Challenge in Nancy, a riverfront city in north-eastern France, known for its late baroque and art nouveau landmarks, some dating to its days as the former capital of the Duchy of Lorraine. In 1871, Nancy remained French when Prussia annexed Alsace-Lorraine.
Mulhouse became one of France’s leading textile centres in the nineteenth century and also around that time started to make machinery, particularly railroad equipment. Mulhouse is famous for its museums, especially the Cité de l’Automobile and the Musée Français du Chemin de Fer, respectively the largest automobile and railway museums in Europe.
Montreux is a resort town on the eastern end of Lake Geneva. It’s known for its mild climate and the Montreux Jazz Festival, held in July. The town’s celebrated lakeside promenade is lined with flowers, sculpture, Mediterranean trees and belle epoque buildings. Just offshore is its 13th-century island castle, Château Chillon, with double ramparts, a moat and a chapel with 14th-century murals. Montreux is where we will rest on the final night and party at our Gala dinner in the towns Casino on the shore of Lake Geneva. Extra Chips anyone?