In case you need to know something for the festive season. How to make the PERFECT chocolate chip cookie. EVER.
The weather was a little gloomy as we stood outside the hotel entrance.
“Weather forecast says light rain,” I quoted.
“Well, I hope they are wrong.”
“Hope so too.”
Nevertheless, we went ahead with our plan for the day. Again, we will be leaving Lausanne and exploring other parts of the canton. This is all down to the efficiency of the train system in Switzerland. I would never had tried this back home. It would be an utter waste of time. Trains back home don’t run on schedule and we are not even sure did we missed the train. But here, we are safe in the knowledge that if we were to be present on the platform at the designated time, we are sure to be on the train.
Our destination for the day, one of the famous castles in Switzerland — Château de Chillon. A castle made famous by Lord Byron in his work The Prisoner of Chillon. Contrary to popular belief, he didn’t carve his name there because he was the prisoner, the prisoner in his story was someone else.
“Who was it?”
” A certain guy with the name François de Bonivard.” read the wife from the guidebook.
We had time to kill so we went by train. To get really close by public transport, it is better to take the bus. But we wanted to enjoy the lakeside views, so the train it was. Our stop? Veytaux-Chillon.
After the dizzying climb up the towers of the cathedral, we were back on the ground.
“That was something,” panted the wife.
“Yes. Agreed.” Feeling not too good as well, but it was well worth it. A 360-degree view of Geneva, what more can you ask?
We made our way back to the direction of Maison Tavel and stopped short at the junction.
“There is something I need to show you,” I told the wife.
Look for the Hôtel de Ville and its staircase for horses
Look for the Hôtel de Ville and its sloped staircase. It was for horses back in those days before the invention of the engine.
To wrap up this week.
Spoiler Alert: The mid-season finale of The Walking Dead sees plenty of characters dying in various ways. One of whom we won’t miss at all.
A French café went straight to their customer’s pockets (or wallets) to ensure that certain etiquettes are followed. Charging more for impolite ordering. To get the cheapest cup of latte? Bonjour, Un café s’il vous plait.
Visit Longform for the best reading of 2013 in various categories.
These are some of the items on my Christmas wish list.
IQ Alarm Clock (by Yanko Design)
The perfect alarm clock for nerds. You want that 10-minute snooze? You have to answer a few questions first. And these are no simple questions, no sir, these are IQ brain teasers. No reason not to wake up early from today onwards.
Rakuten Smartphone Stand
Illicit Drug Jewellery (by Aroha Silhouettes)
If you have a significant other, these illicit drugs inspired jewellery of their molecular structure would be a perfect gift. No one would have guessed that you were carrying drugs on you! And it will take some time to unravel the chemical compound of each illicit drug. Take your pick. Hallucinogens, LCDs, MDMD and Cocaine are some of those on sale.
LEGO’s Marina Bay Sands
Hasselblad Stellar Special Edition ($3,175)
A ‘slightly’ cheaper version of the expensive Hasselblad range. This feature a 28-100mm Carl Zeiss zoom lens, a 20-megapixel sensor and full HD video capabililty. Just don’t drop it on the floor.