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... but nowhere as dramatic or as satisfying as most I did
My hotel is
right in the centre of Megeve right on the motor vehicle free pedestrian walkway.
After a good soak in a hot bath I had a couple of beers sitting out the front
of the hotel right beside the walkway. Helen and John had warned me that you
almost had to wear a fur coat to promenade in winter in this village, ...
... day was Jono getting slapped by some fiesty Italians after they broke his stein.
Day two saw some seriously committed stein consumption, gee whiz we got stuck in hard. The old hands ensured we got there early enough to get a seat in one of the bigger tents so we could drink comfortably all day. I must have proceeded to eat everything in sight once we hit the rides. Oktoberfest was a truly amazing experience, I'd encourage everyone to do it ...
... After the obligatory Clair's and cream and double espresso, we said goodbye to Claude and headed to Vevey, a lovely coastal town with a strong artistic heritage. The walk along the promenade and back through the town took 90 minutes and was a pure joy. Only sunshine and warm weather has followed us all the way through Europe so far, and these towns come to life in this climate. The highlight though was our last stop at the famous (smoke on the water) Monteux. This mid size town ...
... and potatoes, with a side of dried meat. Now we're not ones for fondue normally, but this was super delicious - very smooth with a creamy cheese flavor that was not too strong. We loved it. Then we washed it down with Gruyere's famous double cream and raspberries. Say no more! After lunch we toured the castle - took us 70 minutes and it was fascinating. Built in the 1500's it has lovely gardens, a tower you can climb (vertigo), many rooms with period furnishings and museum artifacts, ...
... train goers from our balcony, engaging them in full conversations about her 'mouf' and chocolate?
.."HAAALLLOOO!! I'M AVAIA! I HAVE A BIG MOUF!…….do you have CHCOCLATE!?!"
"HAHA!!! I AM HEEEEEEERE!!! YYOOOOOHOOOOO! DO YOU WANT SOME BREAD??? I FROW (throw) YOU SOME!!!………CATCH!!!"
To fully understand the craziness that is Avaia, you have to know that these conversations to the outside world occur between ...