Last year my cousin Christine and her family moved from Minnesota to Lake Geneva for a few years. Last March we visited Christine on our way back to London after a ski week in the Swiss Alps and we were both looking forward to squeezing in another visit on our Europe road trip this December. Yes, we are moving back to the US in a few weeks but I haven’t been back since our trip in December 2010, plus it’s really great to get a taste of home while we are still so far away from it. Plus, an opportunity to spend a few nights with family while we are all living in Europe is something we would never turn down. Plus they live next to Lake Geneva (alps!) and have a fireplace. I miss fireplaces.
After a longer-than-we-planned drive through the black forest we arrived at Christine’s just in time for a traditional Swiss cheese fondue dinner. As you might expect it was cheese-tastic. Really, there is not much in this world that beats a bowl full of hot cheese. The Swiss really know some great recipes.
The next day we walked around the town of Vevey and then took the train to the top of Rochers-de Naye to check out the view and check out some Swiss Santa (Père Noël) related activities. The cog train winds its way up the mountain from about 900’ to 6000’ in about an hour – complete with some fantastic views of Lake Geneva and the surrounding mountains. At the top we walked through some creatively decorated caves to Santa’s Village!
It had been raining down at the bottom of the hill overnight, which meant only one thing – Snow! We got to play in around with Christine’s kids in our first snow of the year (for about two minutes before my lack of winter hat and all of our lack of temperature appropriate clothing got to us) and even clobbered robyn with a snowball. She was wearing running shoes which impaired her ability to turn quickly and snowball fight back.
This was our third time to the east side of Lake Geneva, and we definitely see ourselves coming back. We are always looking for an area that can fulfill our requirements for big mountains (check), a body of water (check) and a local economy to support our carers (check – some seriously large companies are based in and around the Lake Geneva area). If we were to ever do another stint living and working internationally then this area will definitely go on the list of potential destinations!