The girls are here!!!

My girl friends from JMU Emily (DC), Jenny (DC) & Maddy (NYC)  are on a Eurotrip and came to stay with us in Lausanne for a weekend before I’d join them on a trip into Italy. 

The girls arrived on Friday after visiting Vienna. That night we went out to dinner at Étoile Blanche and caught up as I hadn’t seen the girls since Christmastime last year. 

Saturday we started the day with a walking tour of Lausanne to show the girls our adopted home town. We went from the cathedral down through the shops and ended up on the lake front to have a light lunch and drinks in Ouchy. The weather was warm and sunny – super nice for hanging out!

Walking on Rue de Bourg
Peering in the windows before we stepped into one of our newfound favorite chocolate shops, Blondel
View of the Ouchy waterfront in Lausanne

In the late afternoon we caught the train and headed to tour the Château de Chillon (which we visited with Cody & Kim earlier this year and Lauren last year). It turned out they were having a special Halloween party that day so there were tons of little ghosts and goblins running around. The weather is perfect for their time here so tons of beautiful pictures. 


Sunday we got up early to do a day of hiking and fondue in Ovrannaz. We hiked up to Grand Garde for a view and then moved on to a cabane for fondue. The trees were showing their fall colors and it was gorgeous!


Up at the Grand Garde viewpoint, with a panoramic view of the Rhône valley
View from the Grand Garde




Afterwards we hiked over to the , Le gîte de Lui d’Août. We rewarded our efforts on the hike with white wine and the girls’ first Swiss fondue on the mountain side!

The Cabane where we had our fondue
Having fondue at the Cabane

Sunday night we came back to have dinner at home and take the time to pack (me), re-pack (the girls) and get ready for the upcoming work week (sorry Andrew). It has been so fun to have the girls here visiting and to get to show them Switzerland. We had an awesome time exploring with them! Can’t wait to take the fun to the south as we head to Italy for the week!

Sunday dinner at our tiny little table 😊

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