swiss snapshots

P1000890I’m currently knee-deep into finishing a big spa story for a magazine out of Hong Kong, which means going back through copious notes as well as snapshots from my visit to Lausanne and Montreux over the summer.

The Alps pretty much speak for themselves, though you can click on the images to enlarge them for a better perspective.  I’ve also thrown in a handful of other fun shots to mix things up a bit.

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At the newly renovated Le Mirador in Mont-Pelerin, every room takes advantage of the hotel’s spectacular height above Lake Geneva.  This balcony looks out over Vevey and Montreux, with France in the distance.

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Claes Oldenburg’s playful giant fork is plonked outside Nestle’s food museum in Vevey.

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The terraced vineyards of Lavaux were recently recognized by UNESCO for the extraordinary beauty of their engineered landscapes.  And the wine is not half bad either.

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Enthroned on an islet in Lake Geneva, Chillon Castle was notoriously depicted in Lord Byron’s The Prisoner of Chillon – which opens with one of my favorite  lines:  “Eternal Spirit of the chainless Mind”

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Being ferried to see Marianne Faithful at the Montreux Jazz Festival by private boat doesn’t suck.

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Michael Phelps and his gold medals interpreted in sand outside the Olympic Museum in Lausanne.

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