Alright, folks. That thing I once had that made me reduce the number of photos I take and post to a reasonable amount - it has left the building. Ergo, if you choose to scroll down, you will see an overabundance of photos. I recently took a trip to one of the most beautiful places on earth with some of my favorite people on earth so my camera and I were very happy people.
Meet Pully, Switzerland - the incredibly beautiful little town just outside of Lausanne, where we made our base camp for our stay. It's right on Lake Geneva, so we had the view of the lake against the mountains to wake up to every morning. Swiss people are really kind, and the streets are clean and quiet. It's such a restful place and just makes you want to sit on a boat or a mountain with a journal and coffee and contemplate why you haven't moved to Switzerland already.
We took to the sea!
The Alps. Good grief. I wanted some mountain drama, and these guys gave me DRAMA. We took a few trains to get up there and hiked all afternoon. They were absolutely splendid. 360º view of massive snow-capped majesty.
Interlaken is a beautiful touristy town at the base of the mountains. After a long day of hiking, we walked through Interlaken and had dinner, then sat in the park watching parachuters coming down from the mountains overhead.
Just a little ways down from Pully, there is an area with a ton of little family-owned vineyards that have been around for generations. Apparently you can just go up to one of the houses for a tasting or a tour, meet the wine maker, etc. And we did just that. We actually got a spontaneous private tour and the owner's wife and son sat down with us to visit and explain the different wines. It was incredible.
Gruyères, Switzerland. I'm not gonna lie - when they said we were going to Gruyères, I kind of thought it would just be a regular town that smelled like cheese and had blocks of cheese everywhere. I didn't expect this GORGEOUS town on top of a hill, with a castle, and a distinct feeling that you had just been sucked into a fairytale and were walking through the town from Beauty and the Beast. I was absolutely in love. But don't worry - we did eat lots of cheese.
Summary: Switzerland is amazing. They seem to value leisure and adventure in equal measures, which is something I can totally get behind. Maybe it's the clean mountain air that makes them think clearly. There is plenty of chocolate, trains, Swiss flags, and gorgeous views. What an incredible place.