Clouds were gathering when we left Château Chillon. With the free wi-fi offered by the château, we found what we were looking for. The weather forecast for the day was rain.
“This looks like Paris all over again,” mumbled the wife.
“On a day when we planned for a long walk along the lakeside.”
Tip: Walk from Territet to Montreux. 2km.
From the château, we took a bus to nearby Territet. The initial plan was to walk from Territet to Montreux. This 2km walk on any given day would have been a sight for sore eyes, views of the lake and plenty of interesting mansions and hotels along the lake front. On a rainy day, we huddled underneath our raincoats and hope that the foliage would be enough to stop the rain from soaking us.
There was also another reason for the walk, Dad wanted to see the statue of Freddie Mercury. And so his wish came true. Looming at the end of the walk and facing the lake. The unmistakable pose. We saw the documentary on the making of the statue, now here it was, right in front of our eyes. Sodden and wet, we took turns posing in front of the statue.
The rain came down heavily and we were forced to seek shelter at the nearby supermarket. There was nothing much that we could do. It was only 12 noon and our boat to Vevey would only leave at 215pm. Sharp. So we did the best we could and became Swiss for a day.
Before coming to Switzerland, I read that both Migros and Coop are the places to go to grab something affordable to eat. Finally we had the chance to try it out ourselves. There were plenty of choices and some of it are charged according to weight. Not only that, the total amount for the six of us came up to CHF44.60, as compared to the usual amount of over CHF150 per meal.
Average cost at Migros: CHF50 (for 6), average cost at a restaurant: CHF200 (for 6). Do the maths!
If you’re not a choosy eater, I think you could survive the whole trip just be eating Migros Take-Away. They have it at almost all the major train stations and around every corner. The best part? You could even buy now and eat it later.
Once you have taken the stroll alongside Lac Leman, it was time to take the steamer on Lac Leman. My choice for the trip would be from Montreux to Vevey, although you could do it for almost every town along the way. There are plenty of choices to pick from, you could even have your lunch or dinner on the steamer itself.
Unfortunately for us, the rain was coming down heavily. Any nice views from the boat was obstructed by a coat of water. My mind was already racing, what is going to happen to the rest of our itinerary? A literal wash out?
The other reason that we chose to do the steamer was that it is covered by the Swiss Pass. So we just have to hop on the steamer and let it take us wherever we want. Actually another suggestion on a rainy day, would have been just to sit on the steamer. The terminal at Lausanne allows you to take other steamers across into France. You can even visit Evian in France!
We had to look for shelter at Vevey, there was nothing else we could do underneath the pouring rain. If you are in Vevey, do visit the Museé Photo. Located along the row of shops just outside the CGN dock. Most people miss this interesting museum showcasing the history of cameras and photography. And yes, it is covered by the Swiss Pass.
Covering four floors in Kodachrome colours, the museum brings you back into the past, starting from the first cameras, right up until our DSLRs and the iPhone cameras. Just appreciate the technology and thought that brought you these miniature versions of their older counterparts.
Vevey is also famous for another statue — Charlie Chaplin. This statue is located just outside Néstle’s Alimentarium. Another museum worth a visit if you have the time. Or like us, you need an escape from the rain, then this is where you go. The family decided to split up in order to cover more ground. My parents, GC and QS have enough of the rain, and they wanted to sit it out at the Alimentarium. The wife and I on the other hand, decided to just brave through the rain and head for the Lavaux Vineyards. Well, that’s another story for another day.
(to be continued)