Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Switzerland (Montreux)

People commonly travel the world over to see rivers and mountains, new stars, garish birds, freak fish, grotesque breeds of human; they fall into an animal stupor that gapes at existence and they think they have seen something. 

We left Monaco by helicopter and in 7 minutes were at Nice Airport in France ready for our flight to Switzerland. The great thing was that the flight to Geneva was only 45 minutes. The bad part was that we were going to miss Monte Carlo and the French Riviera. But forward we must move! When we landed in Geneva, Switzerland, we drove about 45 minutes to the lovely town of Montreux, which is right on Lake Geneva. On the way to Montreux, we passed the city of Lausanne and also the town of Vevey (which is the international headquarters for Nestle). We settled in at our hotel, the Royal Plaza, which is right on the lake and has a beautiful view of the lake and the snow capped Alps in the distance. Montreux is a beautiful, quiet town on the Swiss Riviera which every July hosts the Montreux Jazz Festival (one of the largest in the world) and which definitely makes it less quiet then!

A view of Lake Geneva from my balcony in Montreux

My hotel, the Royal Plaza, which is proof that a fabulous location can make a good hotel into a great hotel

A nice walk along the Montreux promenade leads to the center of the town
It's incredible to see snow capped mountains in late June (especially when the weather is 80 degrees!)

My room

The Grand Rue which is the main street leading into town

How can you get tired of this? It is no wonder why Charlie Chaplain, Lord Byron, Freddy Mercury and countless others among the rich and famous all moved to places on Lake Geneva)

The view from my room

View from my balcony

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