You know what’s really fun? Realising that your holiday flight company has gone bust with 48 hours to go before you’re due to fly.. We had time booked off, everything was set and sorted, luckily we were due to pay for the hotel once we arrived (we were originally going to Spain for ten days), before realising that we actually couldn’t even get there. We set up camp at the kitchen table with less that two days notice to find a holiday - “please, just anywhere that’s hot” - to go on while our bags were already half-packed. Luckily we managed to find a package deal to Turkey where it promised us weather of 27 degrees for ten days. It wasn’t an ideal scenario but it actually turned out pretty well, considering!Read More
I had a rare weekend off in August this year, initially I thought “I better try and fill that weekend and keep it open for a wedding..” and it reached about June and I decided to jump in and celebrate the time off with the girls and book something special for us. We have a pretty decent family tent that we invested in before Deershed Festival last year, and I decided that now was the time to take a proper camping trip.Read More
Montreux is just so bloody beautiful. It's a small town at the other end of Lake Geneva to Geneva itself. Later afternoon/early evening Vivienne and I collected our bags after exploring Geneva for the day, and took the train for just over an hour around the lake to Montreux. We went wandering out on the evening before finding somewhere to eat, and unfortunately couldn't see much because of the visibility, but the town lights sparkling on the water were still pretty beautiful. We found an Italian place and ate dinner (bloody pricey but I guess it's Switzerland..), before heading back to our room and watching Netflix in bed before falling asleep.
In the morning, we dumped our bags at the hotel reception and, I swear, I think I ran to the water's edge to fully see the mountains that were now visible on the other side of the lake. SO beautiful. We wandered and saw the Freddie Mercury Statue and a sculpture piece dedicated to him, and stood on the viewing platform that jutted out into the lake to fully see the amazing view up into the Alps. We grabbed some breakfast on the go, and walked for about an hour around the lake towards Chillon Castle, stopping to take photos and look at the view.
Chillon Castle was quite interesting - very Game of Thrones-esque. We definitely could have spent more time wandering around it; I think Vivienne enjoyed it more than me and there was a kid's guide book that she worked through - definitely worth a visit for a few hours.
Mid-afternoon, after catching the bus back to the centre to save a little time, we trundled back up the hill towards the train station; stopping, again, for snacks from the Coop for our journey and for picnic-ing in bed later.
We were both so, so excited to get up to Zermatt and have a look around before skiing the next day. The journey took a few hours from Montreux up into the mountains, which left plenty of time for writing in travel diaries and playing Rummikub..
You can see a different selection of photos from our time in Montreux over on my photography blog here.
NEXT STOP - ZERMATT!