Vevey, Switzerland: First Day in Europe

Vevey, Switzerland, October 2, 2016 – Euro Trip Day 1

It was the beginning of a 3-week trip around Europe, and I flew in alone to Geneva on the first leg. Vevey was about an hour away from the international airport, and I opted to take the train.

It was plain dark outside the window the whole way, so there wasn’t really much to see. So when I woke up the next day, I was pleasantly surprised with the view outside my room’s window. Lovely houses I only see in movies, the fog and the mountains beyond.

It was a Sunday, so the family was complete and the kids were playing very early in the morning.

I slept in their room, by the way… The bed on the left is mine for the week!

My friend Rica was already preparing breakfast. It must have been the weather outside, or the bread and butter and jam and Nutella and milk, but I loved eating breakfast in their home.

Before going to Switzerland, Rica would talk about the lake, the park, and all the nature-y stuff to see within their area. It turns out my visual definition of “park” and “lake” are very different, based on what I’ve seen so far in my life. Seeing new places stretches visual definitions.

Geneva Lake seemed to be as vast as the sea, spanning across towns and cities.

On nice, sunny, or even mildly cloudy days like this, the families in Vevey would take a walk outside or play at the park. That’s what we did this day. The kids are lucky to live in such a neighborhood where experiencing nature is just a stone’s throw away.

Outside, there is space for peace.

There is space for art.

And even the view from the parking area is glorious.

When the kids weren’t looking, I stole some time on the bike. It didn’t end well.

Walking back home, we passed through the other side to see the town. There will be more of this later.

We dropped the kids home to eat and rest, as Rica and I drove up the hills to catch the sunset drinking wine at Le Baron Tavernier.

Up there, the view was terrific. We had our catchup – some life conversations overlooking the Vineyards, Geneva Lake, and the mountains beyond.

She even attempted to take my photo at Sunset.

Attempted.


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So, what do you think of this?