I'm going to be travelling to France this summer with my boyfriend and 71-year old (but very active) aunt. We're going to visit Paris and then meander to the mountains.
What would be a good base city with these criteria:
* I will have to get to Geneva by public transport
* boyfriend and aunt need to return to Paris the night before a flight to fly home (can be car or train, but train is probably preferred to avoid driving in Paris)
* desired activities include not-to-strenuous hikes, cable car rides, strolling quaint villages, other activities that one can't find in South Dakota :-)
* she's not that interested in fine dining (good food yes, but this isn't a gastronomic quest), art, cathedrals (seen too many), or shopping
thanks for your help!