November in Switzerland

November in Switzerland has shown up much snowier in the mountains than last year! In Lausanne it has just been clouds and rain but we’ve had fun getting up into the mountains the last couple weekends to see the snow.

Last weekend we had a bunch of social engagements, with a work party on Friday to celebrate the incoming first year class of audit staff, a dinner on Saturday with another couple from the U.S. who came here with KPMG recently, and Sunday we took the hour cogwheel train ride up to Leysin and met up with our friends Sarah and Kevin. We walked about 20 minutes to a viewpoint above their village and then had fondue at Restaurant Prafandaz. We tried flavored fondue for the first time and I’m telling you the tomato fondue was amaaazing!

After fondue they took us for a tour of their school as they work at a local American boarding school as teachers. We hung out at their place and got to see the snow come down as we looked out over the valley. It was so nice!

This weekend we didn’t have any plans and at the spur of the moment on Saturday after taking care of errands we booked a last minute trip to go up into the mountains to the village of Château-d’Oex for a short night stay. This is in a different area than we typically visit, technically the “pre-Alps” so we were excited to get out there.

Accommodation: We have found we love staying in the little mountain B&Bs with breakfast and Rosaly was exactly what we wanted! Each room had a huge balcony with a mountain view.  For a reasonable price we got a room with shared bathroom – but we were 2 of 3 on our floor since it’s low season, so really not so bad having to share! The manager was also super nice and they had the cutest little cat named Souris (mouse in French).

Eats: We went to the Brasserie de L’Ours. They had their own brewed beer and excellent food.

Our B&B with the view in the background
Andrew on the balcony Saturday night. We had some wine as the sun set 🙂
Our room in the photos on the top and right. Bottom left is the breakfast room. Hanging up are the traditional Swiss cow bells!

On Sunday we got up and headed out for snowshoeing. We did a 7 km, 3 hour loop to climb to the summit of Mt Chevreuils. It wasn’t too cold and the clear air provided gorgeous views. We even bought a little sled and did some sledding on our way back down!  It was a great way to spend our Sunday.

From the peak we could look down into the valley below of Château-d’Oex where we had just spent the night

That’s it for this weekend. Now it’s a week of work and then we’re headed to Basel next weekend to tour the city and visit the Christmas Market! Happy Thanksgiving everyone 🙂

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