Because I’m currently frying in Manila, I thought it would be fun to post some photos from somewhere cold 😀
March to May is the season of Spring in Switzerland, but the temperature can still dip to 0 degree Celsius and light snow still falls occasionally in certain parts such as in the village of Ovronnaz, known for its ski resorts and thermal baths.
While I’m at it, let me just put in here my favorite sights from the French side of Switzerland (I did not have time or resources to go check out the German side):
From Ovronnaz and other parts of Valais:
All around Lake Geneve:
Here’s Freddie Mercury in Montreux, where he was said to have found peace and recorded his last album:
And here’s Charlie Chaplin in Vevey, his final home:
Scenes from a couple of parks:
And sights from around Geneva:
Here’s Geneva on a Saturday morning. Just too crowded! 😀
I learned that most people leave the city on Friday night to spend the weekend on trips around the country or in other EU destinations. The border to France, for instance, is a mere hour away.
And this one’s for the books: a place where Philippine National Hero Jose Rizal once stayed. Absolutely awesome.
I was also able to visit the annual Morges Tulip Festival, where more than 150,000 bulbs showered the grounds of Parc de l’Indépendance on the shores of Lake Geneva. Here’s just a sample of the visual feast:
The garden looks out into Geneva Lake, and this is the view from the edge:
My quick peek into this country (This was a work trip so I had less than 2 free days in total!) was such a gift, as it allowed me to see some of God’s glorious works in nature. It was also refreshing to see so much efficiency in how things are run. And the discipline of the people — I was in awe upon learning that offensive driving is the norm here, as people are expected and trusted to abide strictly by the law. Nobody slows down at sharp curves or hesitates at a corner when they have right-of-way. If you do, you get honked at by the drivers behind you. How unbelievable is that?
Oh, and have I mentioned all the cheese? Definitely a Swiss highlight!
I leave you with this teeny bit of snow, just to cool you down a little 🙂