Day 12: Leysin to Montreaux
Today officially ends our Alpine Pass Route hike. Our final descent took us through vineyards, alongside a castle and through what felt like sleepy French villages. We are staying tonight in Vevey, the home of milk chocolate and right next to Montreaux.
When we arrived into Montreaux we were greeted with palm trees, banana plants and plumeria–definitely a different flora than the Alpine Pass Route.
Total mileage: 250 km, more or less
Katy: “I like waffles. Belgian, not leggo my eggo. I need some kale.”
Courtney: “My body needs a cheese detox.”
Kim: She left us in Lenk for Bulgaria.
Some of our highlights:
-small cheese self-service huts–alp kases
-the waterfall view out our window in Lauterbrunnen
-lovely British couple who told us about their travels and inspired us to do more
-composing posts, especially while sitting on the bank of a giant Swiss lake while drinking wine and watching clouds
-wonderfully friendly and gracious hotel and hostel owners, especially the owners of the Hotel Garni Alpina in Lenk
-Santa Cruz Steve
-cheerful and fun companions
-rosti with fried cheese and bacon at the train station in Grindelwald
-the man in spandex who just roller skated by
-inspiring home vegetable gardens in every yard (if the Swiss grow so much chard, why isn’t it on any menus?)
-cows, with melodious bells
-getting to know the Eiger from every angle
-differently flushing toilets
-turnstiles between pastures
-learning a bit of French and a bit of German
-glorious mountain vistas
-figuring out Swiss transport systems
That’s it for the walk thru the alps travelogue.
A’ toute a’ l’heure…