We just loved our recent trip to Italy, which included a tour of the beautiful city of Florence. Our hotel overlooked the Arno river, which was just a feast for the eyes. Florence is an easy city to get around and it has so many interesting and unique places to tour, including ancient Roman baths, the cathedral, which is so huge that it’s hard to capture, and the famous statues. However, even with so much to see and learn, favorites were delicious gelato, the pasta and the shopping!
I couldn’t help having some of these images of this old, stone-lined village processed in black and white. There’s something about the feel and mood of black and white that matches this location for me. And finally, one of the entire village, which gives a bigger perspective on the place and how unique it truly is. Last post on this place!
While we were in Montreux, Switzerland, we toured a castle that was just around the lake from where we were staying. It was a lovely walk or bike ride along the water to get there. Chillon Castle is located right on the lake, literally. As a matter of fact, one of the original ‘latrines’ inside the castle was positioned directly over the water! It was chilly when we were there and I couldn’t help imagining how cold it was for the royals who lived there all year long. And for the prisoners kept in the basement chained to one spot. It is beautifully preserved because, while they had a variety of preparations for inavasion, it was never attacked!
We took a scenic train ride along lake Geneva to our second stop in Switzerland, Montreux. This adorable town on the lake was a wonderful place to stay, with a gorgeous path along the lake filled with flowers and sculptures. Across the lake are snow-capped mountains, talk about perfect scenery!! While I thought I had never heard of Montreux, apparently the song Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple is about Montreux and the casino there which, yes, burned down during the Montreux Jazz Festival!
We have just returned from a fabulous trip to Switzerland, where our first stop was in Geneva. What a beautiful, clean city filled with friendly people. We loved touring around, enjoying the old part of the city and the beautiful lake. I would definitely recommend it and would certainly go back!! Enjoy a few shots of the beautiful city with the famous fountain.