Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Day trip to a fantastic castle and nice town of Estavayer-le-Lac, Switzerland

I drove Guy to Estavayer-le-Lac where he was opening and presenting at a conference. Five chaps blowing Swiss horns was quite a sight and sound.

I took the opportunity to look around the town. I first stopped at a Migros supermarket from some yoghurt, coffee and Toblerone chocolate.

I then walked to the fantastic very well preserved 12C Château de Chenaux. I walked the ramparts and climbed the Keep for excellent views across Lake de Neuchâtel. The building is used by the police and other local authorities.

I walked through the mediaeval streets of the town down to the harbour and watched two ferries arrive - one for Neuchatel and other for Yverdon-les-Bains.

I did a lap in the tourist tram cart to see the rest of town. It was interesting to learn that the lake level was lowered by 3.5 meters by engineering works with the rivers flowing in and out so the new water side is further out from the town than the old one.

There is also a cable water ski park - apparently the first in Switzerland.

Walking back in the town I visited the Dominican Convent then the small museum that had a curious collection of historical objects and the very strange Frog Exhibition where frogs were displayed in several human scenes.

The town was quiet with very few tourists about and the temperature was nice after the heat of Paris.

Returning to the car I drove to Portalban and recognised it as the location where we sailed with Pierre's roher in law during our visit in 2009!  I had a refreshing quick swim on the beach there.

The countryside in this area is beautiful and the roads were not busy. There are good cycling routes in this area too,

I returned to Estavayer-le-Lac to pickup Guy and drove back to Meyrin on the freeway in the hybrid Audi Q5 - a very nice car.

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