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Friday, 3 November 2017

The vineyard region of Switzerland

Good Morning from Switzerland.



 In case you didn't already know (haha) Switzerland is expensive. It's not quite as bad as everyone makes out, but it is almost enough to have a mini tear over. Unfortunately for me, I only realised this after I booked the flights. Big round of applause there. Got a masters degree but still this clearly obvious point evaded me haha. My flights were something stupid like £25.00 each way so I snapped them up then started looking at accommodation...I honestly could not believe the prices for even basic hotels in Geneva. No wonder the flights are cheap or no one would every come haha. I ended up booking an AirBnB in the vineyard area of Switzerland and hiring a car...and I'm so glad I did. I would really recommend it because it's so much cheaper and it looks like this...




The AirBnb room didn't photograph that well...but it did have a sauna *jaw drop* which I loved. Just a casual sauna in the guestroom haha....what a way to live life!



Unrelated to the rest of this post is just this amazing thing I saw today that I  HAVE to show you- It's a staircase for a cat. Let's just take a minute to appreciate it's magnificence haha. 


Back to business haha.
We're staying near between Lausanne and Aubonne in the vineyard region -  it's been a great base to explore Montreux, Bourg-en-Lavaux, Aubonne and Lake Geneva.We're planning to catch the boat from Nyon to Yvoire for a day trip in France which should be good fun.

I'll show you that all soon but first lets start with our time at Lake Geneva. It was so beautiful and we were quite lucky with the weather so we got to spend a lot of time walking round the area.



We headed to Montreux and explored Chateau du Chillon, a medieval fortress right by the lake side. It's been around since 1150 so there's lots of different bits of information to take in and we spent hours here reading about the savoy, bernese and vaudois periods. I also got to take a lot of photos of pretty doors, which is apparently something I'm into now.



I loved this stained glass house-motto which is hands down the most intricate one I've ever seen...


And now it's time for the door pictures haha. 



We also had a wander through the crypt which is worth a visit on it's own purely for the history...



Before enjoying more of the view. The views from the chateau were amazing, even this one from 'ye olde toilet haha...


But the best view was from outside on this small pier by the Chateau. Please take a moment to appreciate that sitting on a rock for a cringe-y photo 'for the 'gram' was a true sacrifice and is my least favourite part of being a blogger haha.


After all that wandering we were a little peckish so headed to our reservation at La Toscane. If you are ever in the area definitely drop whatever you are doing to eat here - it was amazing. We ordered the 3-course set menu recommended to us; of course since neither of us can speak French we had no bloody clue what we had ordered haha. Luckily I don't discriminate against food haha and as we both ended up being so happily surprised. We started with a sort of tapas collection of house dishes that was beautiful but unfortunately rather un-photogenic. The main course was incredible.


A waiter rushed out with a large sizzling T-Bone steak and lots of different salt pots before carving up the meat in front of us. It was exquisite. I've not had different flavoured salts with meat before and it made such a difference; we had pink Himalayan salt, charcoal salt (my favourite), celery salt, red-wine and rock salt. The charcoal salt made the meat taste like it had been barbequed while the celery salt made it almost more savory, -it's hard to describe but I will definitely be making flavoured salts because it really elevated the meal.


Afterwards I had the cheese board with (top to bottom, left to right) Parmesan, Stilton with truffle, stilton with hot chilli, brie with sun dried tomato, brie with herbs and camembert. It came with accompaniments of apricot jam, honey and crystallised ginger. So delicious. I was getting some serious side eye from my partner who had ordered an (also amazing) souffle haha. We honestly had such a good time.


After all that...and a few glasses of wine I am ready for a nap.

Catch you soon,

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10 comments

  1. switzerland is truly beautiful, i usually prefer the ocean to mountains but something about switzerland just gets me.
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    1. I agree! I love Switzerland (but not the expense haha). I also love your blog logo btw xx

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  2. Ah I loooved Switzerland but man it is so expensive! The flights were a bargain but I spent far too much money. Looks like you had a fab time! x

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    1. Thank you for your comment. Oh my gosh, yes I agree it is ridiculous isn't it. No wonder they make the flights so cheap or no one would go hahaha! I managed to rescue my bank account with the AirBnB but only just haha,

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  3. Looks like a lovely area to stay for a lower price. It's more calm as well, hope you enjoyed :D



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    1. Thanks for commenting, Yes it was a great place and because we had the car we could still visit all the places we wanted xx

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  4. Switzerland has always been on my list of countries I want to visit, love your pictures!

    Vanessa x | www.springlilies.com

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment, it's definitely a great place to visit but only for a short while - it's just too expensive to be here for a long time I think (personally). Adding Mauritius to my list after seeing your post now xx

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  5. This is so beautiful! I love this so much!
    Elise | www.elisebythepiece.com

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    1. Thank you for commenting, yes its sopretty isnt it?!xxx

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