The promenade along Lake Geneva (Lac Leman) stretched for miles in both directions. We had only to go down the steps from our hotel (the Eurotel) to find ourselves on the lakeside path. The views are priceless – the lake looked like a glass mirror and always seemed tranquil even on rainy days.
Montreux is surrounded by the Alps. They rise up on the southern shore of the lake in the direction of the Mont Blanc Massif, the eastern edge of the lake leads up the Rhone Valley and the northern fringes take you up towards Rochers de Naye and the ski slopes of Gstaad. Best of all, walking is free – a very enjoyable activity in a country that tends to be expensive!
We set off to visit the Chateau de Chillon on our last full day in Montreux. Although there are regular buses to and from the town, we decided to walk the 3 kilometres or so along the lake. It took us about half an hour at a leisurely pace, stopping frequently for photos!
The old castle came into view just as the first spots of rain started to fall. Very atmospheric!
Next week – our tour round the old chateau made famous by Lord Byron’s poem, “The Prisoner of Chillon”.
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