0 More about Montreux

As if you couldn't tell from yesterday's post, Montreux sits at the foot of the Alps on Lake Geneva. If you've heard of it before, it may be from Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms, from Lord Byron's "The Prisoner of Chillon," or from the annual Montreuz Jazz Fesitval--or maybe it's just because of Freddy Mercury. What? Well, apparently Freddy Mercury and his band, Queen, loved visiting Montreux and even recorded in Montreux. Five years after his death, a bronze statue was unveiled by the lake, and every year since 2003, fans of Mercury have gathered for Freddy Mercury Memorial Day in September. So there's that.

Anyway, I told you that Montreux is an odd but charming place. It's odd because you can't quite get a handle on the type of people who live there--and because it's so freakishly clean and well-maintained (at least the path along the lake is) that you feel a little bit like you're in Disney World. I guess that adds to the charm though. (And we decided the freakishly clean and well-maintained part had something to do with the gambling revenue from the casinos.) Oh, and then there are these odd little Raisinette-ish statues in the gardens. I'll share pictures.

Scenes from Montreux:

Freakishly clean and well-maintained.

See? The flower beds were out of control.

Here's one of those odd little Raisinette-ish statues I mentioned.

And here are some people on whose type you can't quite get a handle. Cute dog though.

Welcome to the Swiss Riviera.

Or is it Disney World?

Of course Tod posed with Freddy Mercury. I only wish I'd been able to convince him to strike the same pose.

You know I can't resist a good reflection shot. Can you find us?

And I think I'll leave you with this one: an entire family of Raisinettes. I'm still confused.


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