So Montreux was our first stop in Switzerland. We landed in Geneva early on a Sunday morning with the goal of exploring all of Montreux before getting a wink of sleep. We saw our first view of the Alps from the airplane and then dropped below the clouds into a foggy hazy day. We took a train from the airport to Montreux with views of Lake Geneva on one side of the train and hillsides just covered in vineyards on the other side. Sadly, the vineyards were in their winter form but they were just begging me to return in the summer to photograph them. Anyway – by the time we got to the hotel, the clouds were thinning and warm sun was hitting the mountain side. So, we ditched our bags at the hotel and walked along the Lakeside Promenade Fleuri- which is their walkway along Lake Geneva. It leads to the entire reason why we went to Montreux- the Chateau de Chillon. This is a castle on the lakeside that they think was built between 1005 and 1160. There are some beautiful views of this castle that I hoped to get with the Alps just behind it, but it was still too foggy for that view. Instead, we got beautiful, hazy, dark, dramatic views of the castle. Turns out, fog is my favorite kind of weather to shoot in anyway.
So we walked all the way to the castle and took the tour. It was pretty amazing- my favorite part were the huge fireplaces in the bedrooms and dining rooms and the beautiful walls and ceilings. I didn’t get any photos in there though… sorry! After the castle, we walked back into town to find some food. After lunch we worked our way up to a church overlooking the town, taking photos the whole way. When we got to the church, we took a little break absorbing the view of the lake and the town. While up there, a local couple came up to us and asked all about us. They wanted to know where we were from and why we came to their town. Then, they invited us into the church to listen to a music program that was starting later that hour. So, we took them up on it. When the program started, we went in to listen and it was one of the highlights of the week. The church was beautiful and it was so representative of how welcoming the Swiss people were during our entire stay. I must admit though, it was so relaxing that we had to leave early because I could not keep my eyes open. We had been awake for 2 days straight!
So we booked it down the hill because we could tell that the sunset was going to bring out our first view of the mountains on the other side of the lake. When we got to the lake, the colors were beautiful. So we stayed for a few shots then got the deepest ten hours of sleep I’ve ever had.
Becky photographing Chateau de Chillon
Walkway to the castle
The church and its vineyard
Town of Montreux
Sunset over Lake Geneva
Becky as we wait for our Golden Pass Train to Interlaken