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Traipsing, not Hiking, Through Switzerland (Lake Thun, Montreux, and Chur)

Traipsing, not Hiking, Through Switzerland (Lake Thun, Montreux, and Chur)

Nov 1st, 2019, 06:20 AM
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Thanks for the fork explanation swandav. I'm enjoying tagging along.
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Nov 1st, 2019, 09:45 AM
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" I love Vevey, as it always looks so typically French."
May be. The whole architecture of the area was influenced by Burgundy.
But the commparison with France ends when you hear speak local people.
L'accent vaudois n'est parlé que du côté septentrional de l'Océan Lémanique.
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Nov 1st, 2019, 10:08 AM
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Yeah, I had no idea!! I spent time in Paris when a child in my 20s, and what I hear around me sounds identical to that Parisienne French. But I have no ear for languages, sadly and humiliatingly.

Yes, I know just a tad of that mingling of French and Swiss cultures... the displays at the Gruyeres castle were eye opening. Charles the Bold.....
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Nov 1st, 2019, 10:20 AM
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My stomach is still spending hours each day in rebellion (thinking that maybe the minerals/content of the tap water has upset my stupid sensitive belly), so still taking it relatively easy. I was in the hotel room playing online when I glanced up....and saw....slivers of blue in the sky. Sun. The first time in three days! I decided that a sunny day meant a day at the lake. I took the bus into Montreux then walked to Villeneuve, about 4.6 miles according to my pedometer app (but 5.9 miles according to google map's timeline for my day -- which, by the way, sprinkles my daily walk with the photos that I uploaded to Google's photo app....too weird). I'll post in two batches, from Montreux to Chateau du Chillon, then from Chillon to Villeneuve. This is my favorite part of staying in Montteux -- this long lakeside promenade. It's a big part of what keeps drawing me back.





















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Nov 1st, 2019, 10:40 AM
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Fom Chillon to Villeneuve, another sweet, small town with loads of French charm. Some years ago I based in Villeneuve for a week or so.


















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Nov 1st, 2019, 01:20 PM
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That looks a perfect way to spend an autumn day
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Nov 1st, 2019, 04:06 PM
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Just gorgeous. I mean you do have a lot of beauty to work with (ha-ha) but also you take lovely photos that really capture the ambiance and mood. Thank you!
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Nov 3rd, 2019, 07:10 PM
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Thanks, swandav, bookmarking for a leisurely read.

I have an awful GI system during travelling, so your tummy problems are a real concern for me.
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Nov 4th, 2019, 02:55 AM
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Brilliant photos... makes me realise my two nights there was a pathetic attempt!!!!
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Nov 4th, 2019, 09:21 AM
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Adeleadian, it really was. I am usually glued to the lakeside. I'm always entranced.

suze -- truetrue!!

sugarmaple-- Thanks; jope it's a good read! Thanks for the support on the stomach. I've also had it for years, but this is very mellow compared to what I usually have!

schnauzer, thank you!
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Nov 4th, 2019, 10:07 AM
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I was still having an intermittent upset stomach, so I decided that dumping a whole boatload of melted gruyere cheese in my stomach couldn't hurt. Right?? Usually I eat fondue for about 5 or 6 days straight upon arrival, and this trip I haven't had any yet, so I was overdue. I walked up to the old town of Montreux along a route that I remembered from going to school here -- we would skip class and head to a fondue restaurant a few blocks up. That restaurant is no longer there (what I think is the building is now residential), but I ate at a place I've eaten at before, the Caveau des Vignerons. It was not as good as I remembered. So I must continue my search for great fondue...























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Nov 4th, 2019, 04:07 PM
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I was still having an intermittent upset stomach, so I decided that dumping a whole boatload of melted gruyere cheese in my stomach couldn't hurt. Right???

Right! Melted cheese (and chocolate) cures everything
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Nov 4th, 2019, 07:28 PM
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LOVE Vevey! Surprised you didn't upload a photo of the statue of Charlie Chaplin, who made Vevey his home! I'll post me and mom, as well as my photo of the fork, which is my computer background at work!

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Nov 5th, 2019, 12:26 AM
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Lol, we love that funny spoon, eh??

Yes I did take a photo of Chaplin, as always...sort of a touchstone. But I didn't upload it because the photo itself isn't very special. Plus, I find it somewhat tedious/bothersome to upload photos here, especially when uploading a bunch of them. For each photo, I have to go through all steps of: upload from my device, my files, dcim, image app, then photo. I wish there was a way to select 10 or so photos at once. So after about photo # 13, I get lazy and skip lots.

Have you been to Chaplin's World museum? I rarely go to museums, but some friends took me a few years ago. Wonderful. Well worth the time.

Anyway, here is the bad shot...

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Nov 5th, 2019, 12:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Melnq8 View Post
I was still having an intermittent upset stomach, so I decided that dumping a whole boatload of melted gruyere cheese in my stomach couldn't hurt. Right???

Right! Melted cheese (and chocolate) cures everything
Absolutely!
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Nov 5th, 2019, 12:46 AM
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Stormy on Sunday. Still lots of rain on Monday, so I decided to spend time on the train...to pretty little Chateau d'Oex. It's only 1h from Montreux, on the Golden Pass route that goes on to Gstaad and Zweisimmen. But it's deep in gruyere country (Gruyeres itself is only a few minutes away by train), and I knew the Le Chalet restaurant/cheese demonstration venue would have reliable fondue. Several years ago I spent a couple of weeks based in Chateau d'Oex and went up & down the rail line every day, so I know the town a bit. Unfortunately, on that trip, I had an apartment far from the centre, and walking home with groceries was a huge pain. But here is Chateau d'Oex for a few hours.


Storm on the water

Le Chalet in Chateaux d'Oex
















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Nov 5th, 2019, 12:55 AM
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Oh yes, Chateau-d'Oex is lovely! I see snow on the mountains ... ;-) These stormy weather pictures are most interesting!

Hope your stomach is now cured
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Nov 5th, 2019, 06:48 AM
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Looks like perfect fondue weather!
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Nov 5th, 2019, 06:56 AM
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Yes Ingo I love that . . . gets cold and overcast and grey for a few days, then when the clouds leave, you have snow on the mountains. Sooo lovely. Hey, I am meeting our Basel friend in Solothurn tomorrow -- should be an interesting day!

Mel, it was a perfect day! Errr... except there was no mileage, neither steep as you do nor flats. Such laziness....
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Nov 5th, 2019, 07:10 AM
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" Such laziness.... "

Nothing wrong with those kind of days!
At first I thought you were meeting a friend in Basel, then I got it right.

Great photos, thanks.
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