Thursday, June 5, 2008

Montreux and Chateau de Chillon, Switzerland (May 23, 2008)

Montreux is a posh resort town on the eastern shore of Lake Geneva (also known as Lac Leman). Long popular with artists, writers and musicians, the city has a number of grand Belle Epoque hotels overlooking the lake and the stunning mountains beyond.

Along the lake shore east of Montreux is the Chateau de Chillon, a medieval castle built for the Savoy family in the 11th and 12th centuries. In 1536, the castle was captured by the Bernese, who used it as a fortress, arsenal and prison until the Vaud revolution in 1798.
The Chateau de Chillon was built on a small rocky island that provided natural protection for its inhabitants. The castle was strategically located to control movement between the north and south of Europe.
A boat waits to carry passengers across the lake to ports in Switzerland and France
Picture-perfect Lac Leman
An antique fair at Montreux's Place du Marche; the metal-framed hall was built in 1890
One of Montreux's fancy lakeside hotels
Montreux's waterfront promenade

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