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Welcome to Switzerland, land of Cheese

We landed in Geneva this afternoon. We grabbed our rental car and bypassed the city, but enjoyed the views of the lake as we drove. To our right, mountains loomed over the lake, alternating with developed zones that locked our view. To the left, green farms dominated the landscape, occasionally cut by some villages. The mountains ahead wowed us, and the drive was quite pleasant. In order to keep this trip relatively cheap, we are staying in an air bnb and planning on making our own breakfasts and some picnic lunches. So, we stopped at a Coop grocery store to pick up provisions. The store was in a mall, and we accidentally went into the Coop "Home + garden" store first. Then, we got confused by the Coop cafe. Finally, we made it to the grocery part. We picked up some of the local sodas, Rivella, including a rhubarb flavored one. We picked up jam that was from some unknown fruit (google-translated later said it was Rosehip). Otherwise, the dry foods section didn't have anything super different and exciting. We tasted all of the delicious samples they were giving out. Then, we got to the cheese! The variety was staggering. The coolest part was the Raclette. They had entire half-wheels in the regular fridge section, just ready to be taken home. They had blocks, perfectly-sized for the mini heaters. And they had multi-packs of pre-cut squares for home Raclette sets. Other traditional Swiss favorites included Gruyere, and cheese roses made with a special spinning knife. We, of course, picked up plenty. Next, we parked in the university area of Lausanne, and hunted for dinner. We ate at a pretty good burger place. Mine had a huge chunk of Chevre and honey on it- quite good. After dinner, we walked around the city, enjoying the night air. We stumbled upon a cool-looking church, and then realized that the church grounds had an amazing view of the lake and city. We enjoyed the calm view for a while. Eventually though, we headed to our airbnb. It is in Les Paccoults, a ski-resort area. Once we got off the highway, the roads weren't lit too well, and they became narrow. A lot of the narrowness was due to the snow on the ground, but the roads weren't wide to begin with. Thank goodness we had a car with GPS- the signs were easy to miss in the dark. The place we're staying in is gorgeous! It boasts a wood-burning stove for romance and warmth. It is in a neighborhood that is somewhat secluded. And the views are just breathtaking. We settled in, lit a fire, and spent the rest of the evening relaxing inside.

stove

stove


View from church

View from church


Lausanne church

Lausanne church


mountains

mountains

Posted by spsadventures 16:00 Archived in Switzerland

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