Sunday, November 8, 2009

Lake Geneva, Switzerland

We stayed in a fabulous hotel in Montreux, Switzerland right on the Lake. We began to suspect we were a little out of our league when we saw several Ferrari's being valeted by the casino. Our suspicions were confirmed when we started asking around for a laundry mat, and were told (politely) that the closest laundry mat was 40 minutes away. Apparently Montreux is a vacation spot for the rich and retired types, who like to spend their vacations relaxing, gambling, and wandering around 5 star hotels in their monogrammed cashmere bathrobes while their laundry is sent out. I'm sure we were frugally conspicuous as we opted to walk around looking for a bakery to buy a few pastries, rather than paying for room serviced breakfast. The area is beautiful, and I can see the appeal. Maybe we'll visit again sometime when we fit in more with that crowd, and are more comfortable sipping $30 hot chocolate from tiny espresso mugs. I'm pretty sure I could get used to someone else doing my laundry. Then again, I think we prefer vacation spots where the restaurants stay open past 6:00 PM.

View from our hotel room balcony.

Along the boardwalk.

Château de Chillon

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