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.
21 thoughts on “home thoughts from abroad”
That’s a lovely castle, Jude. And it is distinctly ‘European’ too. 🙂
Best wishes, Pete. x
Yes, quite different to the look of ours – all those turrets and tiled roofs.
I imagine it will be a bit damp in winter, but I like the idea of free bus passes for tourists
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.
The transport from airports is private companies over here and very expensive
Puts m e in mind of Lake Lucerne
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)
This has a fairy-tale kind of look about it 🙂
It really does. A great castle and well worth a visit if you find yourself in Switzerland.
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
Glad you have had a good time, rain in Spain for a couple of days I believe, but the kids are enjoying the pool!
I imagine ot would be fab with a little sun. Transport passes, how generous and what a brilliant idea.
The bus passes were definitely a plus for me.
What a fabulous castle, and very atmospheric in the fog!
Fog seems to follow me around.
Literally or metaphorically?!!
This is so atmospheric – and definitely ‘abroad’. 🙂
Such a pretty castle.
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
Thanks for the visit and comment.
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