Avant-Pays-Savoyard, Chartreuse

Between Lyon and Chambéry, the Avant-Pays- Savoyard, or Savoyard foreland is far from common, with its adobe-style houses and Aiguebelette lake, the third largest natural lake in France. To the west of the Avant-Pays lies the Chartreuse Regional Nature Park, a limestone plateau mostly covered in forest, where the bones of cave bears were recently discovered.

During the 19th century and more precisely on St. Agatha's day (5th February), it was customary for Savoyard women to bake brioche in the form of a breast. As legend has it, the breasts of this martyr grew back after having been cut off. So, it was history that have birth to the famous St. Genix brioche.


Avant-Pays-Savoyard, Chartreuse