- Coming back home teaser
- First Travel video
- Nice, France
- Cannes & Monte Carlo
- Milan, Italy
- Leukerbad, Switzerland
- Tasch, Zermatt, Montreux
It's been a while since I've written about my Europe trip. The Egypt one took me about 4 months to complete and compile HAHAH. I guess I've been losing modjo recently with all the packed schedule but I will still write about it for real! and thankfully, this is the last post from my Europe trip. Previously, I wrote a post about going up to Tasch, Zermatt and ended the night at Montreux. None of the places I went to were far from each other thus, the rides from one spot to another were just nice and pleasant.
So Montreux, is a small sleepy town facing Lake Geneva, where most people flock for their famous Jazz Festival due to the music history of the city. Many well-known rockstars back in the days supposedly wrote their songs, recorded and have performed there, and some even decided to reside there. The Montreux Super Pop Festival that started in 1969 have been said to be the platform for bands such The Rolling Stones, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd brought in throngs of fans into the small town while the "Golden Rose" in the 70's attracted performers such as Queen.
I'm sure most of my guy readers would know the song, Smoke on The Water. It's like one of the wajib songs to play when you start playing guitar, right? hahaha well, even the history of this song was pretty much related to the Casino Fire that happened in Montreux. It was said that Deep Purple was to camp in Montreux, on the eve of Frank Zappa and Mothers of Inventions concert in the casino theatre. Somehow, it caught on fire due to the flare gun being set off by a fan into the rattan ceiling of the theatre thus burned down the whole complex. So Smoke on the Water was supposedly to be the smoke coming from the theatre fire that was spreading across Lake Geneva.
Don't sue me if the story wasn't right, it was what I've been told =P
photo from MontreuxMusic.com
Another rock icon that made his mark in Montreux was Freddie Mercury, lead vocalist and songwriter of the band Queen (that sang We Are The Champions or Bohemian Rhapsody). He was diagnosed to be HIV positive and had AIDS so the statue of Freddie Mercury that is facing Lake Geneva was erected as a memorial in 1996 by his father and Montserrat Caballé. Starting 2003, fans from around the world gather in Switzerland annually to pay tribute to the singer as part of the "Freddie Mercury Montreux Memorial Day" on the first weekend of every September.
We had about half an hour to enjoy the freezing breeze coming from Lake Geneva at 7am in the morning before departing to our next destination so it was photo opp time!
What a view to start my morning after a cuppa!
Next, we went to Gruyeres, a small town in Switzerland that produces cheese called Gruyere. It's hard an yellow, and are usually melted in a fondue pot along with other herbs and dipped with bread (oh, heavenly!) which you will see when you scroll along to the bottom later as I had the chance to have a taste, or more like a pot -_-"
The specialty of this cheese is the slightly salty flavour that changes as it matures. It's known to be the best to do baking with as the taste is not overpowering.
About 10 minutes from the cheese factory, we took a ride up to the castle overlooking the town of Gruyeres. The castle is a preserved medieval town so you can expect cobblestones, and wooden doors. Much like those in the movies, although there were some modern elements to it. Pipes ran fresh, icy cold water from the hills though. Very refreshing and you're allowed to bottle some for your journey =)
We were heading to Berne and stopped at this R&R on the way where I had lunch to one of the most beautiful view a person could have while eating a bland tomato pasta that had no meat in it -_-"
And once we reached Berne, we had a short city tour before heading up to Mount Titlis. Bern, located in the canton Bern (canton is sort of like a province), is a historic city under UNESCO's World Heritage sites where the main language is German. This beautiful city is located around the River Aare with a medieval theme and sandstone buildings and are pretty much very lively, even in winter!
Bern is known for being where Albert Einstein resided during his lifetime and also my favourite chocolate in the world - TOBLERONE! You can visit the apartment during visiting hours which was turned into a museum.
And don't forget to visit the famous lion statue. It really felt like Narnia there! HAHA
We were treated to a folk performance during dinner time, and I got to taste the Swiss Cheese fondue! I'm not a big cheese fan but omg, that was the best cheesiest food I've had ever! No joke. I even burned my tongue eating it and I finish almost half of the basket alone. What. a. glutton.
Next morning, we woke up early to head up to Mount Titlis, another skiing mountain but BIGGER!
It was very windy and cold up there but the sun was so bright I had fun just walking and playing with clean snow! definitely not the kind of snow you might have felt on the roadside. Totally different! =D
Like a scene from an epic robot movie kan? ALASSSKAAAAA *just kidding*
We ended up back in Bern to have a walk or do some quick shopping and I bought these! Cornflakes in premium chocolate from my favourite chocolatier (I wanna cry now since they're not available anywhere else except there!) and some awesome macarons (I forgot to try the ones in their McCafe's). I'm not a fan of the macarons in Malaysia cause they're usually too sweet for me. Apparently in four seasoned countries, their chocolates, candies and macarons are milkier as they use less sugar and I LOVE EM TO DEATH! Just because of our tropical weather, manufacturers put more sugar in for them to set well. T_T
Cost me quite a bit too! The gold one, is champagne flavoured but no, no trace of alco inside LOL but the colour was gold, I couldn't resist hehe ^.^
Just when it's getting dark, we headed off to Zurich, our final destination for the night before we flew back to Malaysia the next morning. Had very little time to shop, as it was 2 days before Christmas and shops usually close earlier than usual. Even Prada decided to not let us in just cause they were closing
Ended up at Chanel and Ferragamo, thankfully ^.^
Happy girl got lucky! =P
Pretty trams and lights on the main shopping district, and a ton of beautiful people too! I saw Bottega Veneta's collection and OMG I really wanted to go in unfortunately they were closed! HMPH!
loved this skirt on the mannequin T_T
And sadly, it was the end of my trip. However, at least I came home to the arms of my lovely man, just a day before he left for almost a week to Singapore. What la haha
Next trip where to? hmmmm lemme see =P