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Friday, 3 November 2017

The vineyard region of Switzerland

I took my partner away for a surprise break to Switzerland a while ago and just before we left...I realised I'd accidentally booked accommodation really really far away haha. It wouldn't be possible to get there and back easily in the weekend so I cancelled and got a last minute AirBnB in Lausanne, the vineyard region of Switzerland and hired a car. It was much cheaper and I'd definitely recommend it.

 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 cry over. Unfortunately for me, I only realised this after I booked the flights. Big round of applause there. Got a 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 ever come haha. 

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 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 stayed between Lausanne and Aubonne in the vineyard region -  it was a great base to explore Montreux, Bourg-en-Lavaux, Aubonne and Lake Geneva.We even managed to catch the boat from Nyon to Yvoire for a day trip in France which was great.

First on our stop was Lake Geneva. It was so beautiful and we were quite lucky with the weather so we got to spend a lot of time walking around.

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...and it makes me feel old haha.

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 an effort.

After that wandering about we were pretty hungry so headed to 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 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 luckily a different story.

A waiter rushed out with a large sizzling T-Bone steak, meats and lots of different flavoured salt pots before carving up the meat in front of us. 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 make my own flavoured salts in future because it made everything taste a lot nicer.

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 little pots 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 so I'd recommend going there but make sure you have a reservation because it was absolutely packed the whole night.

Catch you soon,



  1. switzerland is truly beautiful, i usually prefer the ocean to mountains but something about switzerland just gets me.


    1. I agree! I love Switzerland (but not the expense haha). I also love your blog logo btw xx

  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


    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,


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


    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

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

    Vanessa x | www.springlilies.com

    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

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

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


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