Friday, October 8, 2010

Vacance en Suisse Geneva-Montreux Day Two

The next day we walked around the little village seeing the community gardens and various fountains. We stopped in for a café at the local auberge before I caught the bus to meet Andre in Geneva. He had to work Monday but was meeting us in Geneva for his days off. Andre and I went from Geneva to Montreux where we had a hotel booked for the night. 

My gramma stayed with her friend and toured the countryside for the rest of the day climbing even higher through the sloping hills along Lac Leman for a more spectacular view of the French Alps.

Andre and I arrived in Montreux in the afternoon and walked along the waterfront to our hotel. We checked in and continued our walk to the Chateau de Chillon.

 The most interesting aspects of this Chateau were in the underground chambers where various prisoners were held and left their mark over the centuries. The most famous being Bonivard, popularized by Lord Byron, in his poem “The Prisoner of Chillon.” Also in these underground chambers is a display explaining the exaggerated stories early guides in the 19th century would terrify tourists with, going so far as to insert a beam “for the hangings.”

We returned to the hotel despearetly seeking a swiss kebab to eat on our hotel balcony; its our goal to sample either the shawarma, kebab, or gyro of every country and major city we visit. We finished of our evening with a night on the town by checking out the slot machines in the Montreaux Casino...

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