Le Grand-Bornand is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department of the Rhône-Alpes region of southeastern France. It is within the Annecy arrondissement and has almost 2,500 inhabitants. Nestled at the foot of the Aravis mountain range, Le Grand-Bornand is a traditional French Alpine village and a popular ski resort. The region is proud of its farming heritage. Human population is still outnumbered by the livestock in this valley. Le Grand-Bornand is still a thriving agricultural centre, though it is more popular as a winter sports resort and in summers its high mountain pastures are used for hiking and gliding activities.
The town is also part of the Annecy Olympic project- Annecy is the official candidate city for France for holding the Olympic winter games in 2018.
For more information about Le Grand-Bornand and its beautiful surroundings, check the official Le Grand-Bornand tourist website.
Like with many parts of the French Alps, summers are warm with chances of heavy rainshowers, and winters are relatively cold, especially up the mountain slopes. From June to September it's around 25 degrees Celcius on average, sometimes over 30, but with chilly nights in general. Winter ski season lasts from December to March when the village itself might get above zero, but the surrouding mountains experience frost and snow.
The airport of Annecy located 35 kilometres away is the closest to the town. However the closest international airports with connections to major towns worldwide are at Geneva (50 kilometres) in Switzerland and at Lyon (150 kilometres) in France. The Geneva Cointrin Airport has many flights, including lots of flights to places outside Europe. It also has many flights with lowcostairlines like Easyjet. Lyon Saint Exupéry has lots of flights as well.
The nearest train station is at Annecy, 30 kilometres away. High speed TGV trains connect Annecy to most of the major towns of the region. SNCF operates the rail network in France. There are even twice a week connections from London in winter directly to Bourg-Saint-Maurice from where it's a short hop.
You can reach Le Grand-Bornand from several directions. Albertville is to the south while Annecy is to the west. The A40 runs from Geneva towards Chamonix and further to the Italian border. Le Grand Bornand is south from this road and east from the A41 running south-north from Chambery towards Annecy and further north.
There are endless sleeping options in the village and surrounding mountains, including romantic mountain chalets.
See also International Telephone Calls
La Poste in France is also referred to as the PTT (short for postes, télégraphes et téléphones). The mailboxes are painted bright yellow and often there is a slot for local city mail and another slot for "outside mail". Normally there is a queue in the post office, but most of the post offices have the self service machine installed which is quite easy to operate. Nowadays many of the tabac and even some of the souvenir shops also sell postage stamps. Normally an overseas postcard costs almost as much as sending a letter.
Post offices are generally open from 8:00am to 7:00pm Monday through Friday, and 8:00am to noon on Saturdays. Apart from the basic job of mailing letters, most of the post offices do some banking activities also and some even have photocopy machines and cyber cafes for internet access.
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