The world is a country which nobody ever yet knew by description; one must travel through it one's self to be acquainted with it.
Le Château de Chillon or Chillon Castle was built more than one thousand years ago (around the year 1005). It is said to be Switzerland's most visited monument. It occupies a spot right on Lake Geneva in the town of Veytaux, which is only about 2 miles from Montreux. This made visiting this lovely castle very easy. The castle was written about in Lord Byron's famous poem, "The Prisoner of Chillon". It is a great example of what noble life was like in this area in the 11th century. Although the castle was never taken by siege, it did change hands a few times through treaties. An added benefit were the numerous ducks in the moat which Ashley didn't hesitate to feed!
|The Castle sits right at the end of Lake Geneva|
|Ashley talking to the animals|
|The castle chapel (the door on the left leading from the nobleman's bedroom)|
|The dining room|
|The bedroom (as you can see people were a lot shorter 1,000 years ago!)|
|Coats of arms on the great hall's walls|
|The wood burning fireplace|
|The castle's own vintage wine|
|Ashley imagining what it was like to be the Prisoner of Chillon|
|The castle courtyard|