Savoy was an independant territory from the 11th to the 19th century. To defend itself againts France, this mountainous region built a number of forts along the border. In 1860 a plebiscite was organized and the people of Savoie chose to join France, along with the County of Nice.
This area contains some of the most exciting landscapes of the Alps in the Mont Blanc, Chamonix and Saint Gervais areas. We visited it in Summer 2011, but were not very lucky as July in that year was quite rainy. Still, we had some days of good weather and brought back a fair number of pictures.