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9/8 TRAIN -- Zermatt to Montreux
Had to change trains to get to Montreux. The train schedule was a challenge; finally figured out to look for the train's final destination city--not our destination city. Changing the track at the last minute just added to the challenge.
Another beautiful train ride through a valley between two …
... of sightseeing earlier and liked what I saw. I've heard the place mentioned on TV skiing reports many times, but thankfully there was no sign of the snow reputedly making a brief summer appearance on the higher ground near here.
Well, the two day climb to the Grand St Bernard pass begins in the morning. I've decided to take the least scary of three options and my courage has been strengthened by messages of support and ...
... a Dutch guy called Pete who had already completed his pilgrimage to Rome and was making his way back home by a mixture of hiking and public transport. He decided to do it this way largely to make a more gradual reintegration to normal life after 65days on the road. He walked to Santiago de Compostela four years ago and found it difficult to pick up the reins in his work after flying straight back to Amsterdam. I am sure readers of the blog who have made the trip to Santiago will ...
... to thank everyone else out there - that's you lot -who have helped me on my journey. I am never alone when I receive messages of support and encouragement through this electronic medium. I am never alone when I can call for help or just to enjoy a moment or two of human contact on the telephone after another day walking alone through fields, forests and urban landscapes. I could go on but I won't; sometimes less is more.
News from Switzerland will follow soon.
... Steep hills. We were following these through the vineyards that line the hills when we spotted a campsite down by the lake shore. It was after 6pm and we had had enough of this brutal day of riding. This is a very popular campsite, we have already run into some fellow Aussies here (for the jazz festival), but there are heaps of tents up. Yet this would have to be one of the worst campsite I've been to. Hot showers cost 1 Franc for 4 minutes. For that, Susan got 100% hot, ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Splendid Montreux
Having a room with a balcony overlooking Lake Geneva is definitely a must. The location is perfect; very convenient to have the boat dock and info center right across the street. The Yvan and Gregorie, the two brothers who own this generational family-owned hotel, are so very hospitable; they make you feel like you are a visitor in their home. Yvan loves the US and talking with his guests; he even brought us glasses of a local rose wine and chips. We so enjoyed talking with him and hearing about history of this area. This is a charming, old building right on Grand Rue--what more could you ask for at this reasonable price. No air conditioning; there is a fan and nights were cool enough that we didn't need to have the windows open. Nice big shower with led-color lights--sure didn't expect this! Continental breakfast buffet; they cook whatever eggs, etc. you would like. Gregorie is the head chef, and we enjoyed talking with him the evening we had a delicious lake perch dinner. When we arrived, Dave was at the desk and was so helpful with maps, half-price passes, etc.
(TIP: Directions from train station to hotel: As you exit the train station, cross the street, turn left, go about one block (50 meters) to escalator going down to Grand Rue, the street along the lake; turn left, go half block to the hotel.)
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