home thoughts from abroad

Home thoughts from abroad is a new series on Travel Words featuring a single photograph that reminds me of a country visited and showing something that uniquely identifies it as being ‘abroad’.

Our few days in Montreux were very busy. On our first day we caught a bus* to Vevey Funi and took the funicular railway up the mountainside to Mont Pèlerin (no views sadly because of the fog lingering over the water) then walked back along the promenade (Quai Ernest-Ansermet) into Vevey town centre for a look around. From Vevey-Marché (lac) we caught a ferry boat to the Castle of Chillon which is at the far side of Montreux, with the intention of visiting the castle in the afternon before walking back via Quai des Fleurs and Quai Alfred Chatelanat to our hotel (2 miles). A full self-guiding tour takes approximately 1.5 – 2 hours, depending on how fast you walk and how much reading you do. Castle of Chillon is the result of several centuries of constant building, adaptations, renovations and restorations with excavations affirming this site has been occupied since the Bronze Age.

*free transport passes are provided to visitors by your hotel in many parts of Switzerland on local buses, trams and trains.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

21 thoughts on “home thoughts from abroad”

    1. The bus pass is a fab idea. You can even get one at the airport to take you into the city. I used mine a fair bit whilst staying in Geneva.

    1. I never visited that one. Did spend a bit of time in Zurich, temporary au pair whilst a friend of mine went on holiday. Many years ago! All I can recollect are trams and walking up a very big hill with amazing views! (possibly a mountain even)

  1. A walk I’d love to take. In a smart expensive restaurant for our last night with the youngsters after a lovely beach day 😃😃xx

  2. I remember being in complete awe of the whole region. The chateau adds a vintage charm to the location. We took the bus from Vevey when visiting the chateau although the boat ride is quite spectacular too. I’ve been writing about this whole area on my blog so have a look when you get time please. Thanks

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