Saturday, May 21, 2011

Day 2 - Montreux, Switzerland

We got up really early in the morning, i think 5 am :) The good thing though was that i got to watch the sunrise from my balcony and yes it was beautiful. The air was cool and crisp, birds were chirping and everything around was Calm and serene.

Today's agenda was to visit Rochers De Naye in the morning and the Chillon castle in the evening. Both were worth it. Rochers de Naye is a mountain 2,042 metres (6,699 ft) above Montreux, from where the Chemin de fer Montreux-Glion-Rochers-de-Naye leads to its peak. We took the cog train up from Montreux train station. The one hour train ride was beautiful. The views from the train were amazing. As we climbed the mountain in the cog train we could see amazing views of the city and the mountains.

Once up on the mountain you can hike up to the edges of the mountain to see amazing views of the city below. At this time of the year you can also see the wild flowers in full bloom. The entire trip takes about 3 hours if you decide to spend an hour up there. There are plenty of small hotels, cafe hanging on the edge of the cliff where you can stop and dine.

After resting for a little bit I then decided to visit the Chillon Castle. I love visiting castles and learning about their history. There is something mysterious and charming about castles. This one was not very big but was beautiful. Situated on a rock on the banks of Lake Geneva it was picture perfect. I spent about and hour and a half going through the ins and out of the castle. The audio guide is extremely helpful and gives you all the information you need. With the Swiss saver pass my entry was free. I paid an additional 6 Swiss francs for the audio guide.

In the evening we dined at a small family owned Italian restaurant. It was called La Locanda. Tucked in a small alley this place was amazing. The pastas were handmade and fresh. Highly recommend the place. The evening ended with a beautiful stroll all along the lake Geneva and two scoops of the delicious move n pick ice cream. What a night twas!

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