We started the day by taking the train from Lausanne (also one of my favorites!), and the boys were mystified at how smoothly the train moved. If you've never experienced a Swiss train, I highly recommend it--I may be a bit biased, but I still think they're magical! And with scores of terraced vineyards on one side and Lake Geneva on the other, this ride is absolutely incomparable. But--on to the ever-educational visit to one of the loveliest medieval castles! And for this, I leave the narrative to the pictures...
Fun and Games
|Being the royal taster made me nervous...|
|And seeing as how I died, I suppose it was |
with good reason!
|Um...cool pic--need I say more?|
|Of course, London goes for the big guns...|
|And then Kelson expressed brotherly|
affection for London by offering him
up on a stove altar.
Down in the Dungeon
The dungeon is possibly the most famous part of this medieval castle, owing to Lord Byron's poem which immortalized one of the dungeon's prisoners: François Bonivard. Bonivard was chained to a pillar for six years, largely owing to his support of the Protestant Reformation. And while the prison has been empty of prisoners for a very long time, a legacy still hangs about the walls...erm...pillars!
|Pontificating about Lord Byron...can you|
see his name?!
|Not so bad...for a prison...|
|At least there were windows!|
|The last thing the condemned saw/heard|
was the lake splashing against
the castle foundation.
These other pictures don't fit into a specific narrative, so they will stand alone as individual examples of why I love Chillon! Of course, this time around, part of why I loved it is that the boys were just as thrilled to be there as I was. :)
|I want a bedroom that looks like this!|
|And a kitchen like this...?|
|And this might be fun in my backyard...|
|Perfect for a little girl's room!|