Swiss Trains

Trip Start Mar 06, 2011
Trip End Apr 29, 2011

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Flag of Switzerland  , Vaud,
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

We wake up to another beautiful spring day in Lausanne and the temperature is forecasted for a sunny 17 degrees.   We decide to drive around Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) towards the east of the Lausanne.  Our first stop is Cully, a tiny village well known for hosting it's Jazz Festivals which funnily enough will be occurring this weekend.  We allow the kids to enjoy themselves at a playground in the middle of town and head off east on the windy roads by the lake.  The views around the lake and it's surroundings are spectacular, it's still a little misty and difficult to see clearly.  We arrive to our next town, Vevey which is well known as the home of Nestle's global head quarters, it's also know for it museums, restaurants and shopping.   There is a giant merry go round that Arion used to love when he was three, but unfortunately it was closed.  We walk around the cobble streets of Vevey and stop for a drink by the lake while taking in the sun.  Our next stop, is Montreux which is famous for the luxurious Montreux Palace hotel and Freddy Mercury from Queen having lived there towards the end of his life.  After a brief lunch, we continue driving around the lake right up to the border with France to a town called Bouveret.  Everyone knows that the Swiss are famous for their railway engineering, in Bourveret they have set up a complete mini village with mini trains which is a playground heaven for the kids.  As soon as we walk into Swiss Vapeur Parc, the kids run straight to the platform, jumping around waiting for the the first mini train to arrive.  There are two trains operating today, as it is a weekday and the park is quieter than usual.  The first mini train that arrives runs on diesel and as it takes us around the park, the kids enjoy the attention to detail the Swiss have placed on this park, from tunnels to  bridges, to mini cathedrals,  it's a breathtaking view as the real Swiss Alps fall in the background.  The next train that picks us up is a mini steam engine train, real coal is placed into this train before it leaves the platform.  We enjoy the rest of the day walking around this mini village enoying the train rides and relaxing in the sun, it was a great afternoon.  After realising the time, we noticed we were running late for a  dinner appointment and jump onto the freeway back to Lausanne where we will be catching up with an old friend at a restaurant called Creperie Chandeleur.  It's placed in a narrow street near the Lausanne cathedral.  After another great day of seeing familiar places in Switzerland, we head back to our hotel for another early night. 
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