Thônes Travel Guide

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Thônes Things to Do

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    Fire work

    by GUYON Written Aug 3, 2003

    Even in a little town as Thones, Bastille Day is celebrated by a fire work, a public dance party and a parade.

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    Chateau de Menthon

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    According to a local story, Walt Disney was visiting this area and he was touched by the beauty of the Castle of Menthon. When he created the Sleeping Beauty Castle, he used his memory.

    This castle was built during the 11e Century and remodled several times. The last time was during the 19e century (for this reason it looks like a fairy tale castle).

    The Family of Menthon still owns the castle for 9 centuries. Saint Bernard, who founded the Great Saint Bernard hospice, is a relative of this family.

    It may be visited from May to September (daily 12AM - 6PM July-August, only Thursday & WE the other months). In Summer, during the WE there are reinacments.
    Guided visit.

    Ticket : 6.10 euros WE and ferial days - 5.50 Euros other days.

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Thônes Transportation

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    by GUYON Updated Aug 3, 2003

    Coming from Paris :
    Motorway A41 exit Annecy Nord
    Then Direction Thones (route D 909)

    Coming from Chamonix, Mont Blanc, Italie :
    Motorway A40 exit Bonneville
    Then Direction Thones (Route D12)

    Plane : Annecy or Geneve airports

    Train : TGV to Annecy.

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Thônes Local Customs

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    Reblochon

    by GUYON Written Aug 3, 2003

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    The Reblochon is a cheese made with cow milk.

    In days of old, the tax to church was paid in kind. A tax clerk went to attend the cow milking. The cunning farmers stopped milking before the end and when he was off, they continued (in local language : ils reblochaient). So they obtained a fat milk they used to make a cheese.

    The Reblochon is a soft cheese very pleasant and not very tasteful.

    It can be eaten with bread and Savoy wine at the end of the meal or melt on baked potatoes (Tartiflette).

    Not diet, sure....

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Thônes What to Pack

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    Looking at the mountain

    by GUYON Written Aug 3, 2003

    Luggage and bags: The picture shows what it is needed.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light dress, Mephisto (walking shoes)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Solar cream

    Photo Equipment: Camera with filter (against ultraviolet rays), binoculars

    Miscellaneous: Sun glasses

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Thônes Off The Beaten Path

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    Manigod

    by GUYON Written Aug 3, 2003

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    From 1942, a small secret army of resistants got together in Manigod to resist against the invasion. At the beginning of 1944, the Allied decided to transfer them on the Plateau des Glieres sending them arms.
    The Nazis sent 12.000 soldiers to destroyed the "maquis". Almost all the resistants were captured or kiled.

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    Saint Maurice - Thones

    by GUYON Written Aug 3, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Have a look at the onion shape steeple of the church. It is typical of the area.

    Enter freely into the church to see the altarpiece.

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