|Mist on Lac Leman, snow on the Alps|
Even though she had been there multiple times before, Donna-Lane wanted me to see the Montreux Christmas Marché (http://www.montreuxnoel.com/en-1-christmas-market.html). It's one of the best in Europe, and there are many very good ones. We've already planned where we're going the next two years for holiday marché - Strasbourg, France and Freiburg, Germany.
The marché features long rows of little chalets filled with holiday (and non-holiday) decorative items, clothing, toys, food, and drinks. There are street performers, such as a dancing bear (whom we had seen in the train station on a previous trip to the famous Montreux Jazz Festival - http://lovinglifeineurope.blogspot.fr/2013/07/iconic-singer-songwriter-in-idyllic.html), a ferris wheel ride, and this year a series of topiary bushes depicting the Smurfs (which Donna-Lane posted in her Facebook photo album - https://www.facebook.com/donnalane.nelson/photos_all)
|"Do I look like a tour guide? The ferris wheel is back there."|
We walked down to Chillon Castle, which will be a separate blog, a pretty fair hike, so took the bus back - a mini-adventure in itself (http://lovinglifeineurope.blogspot.fr/2013/12/honey-bail-jail-part-iv.html).
J had gone with us to the marché, but passed on our castle trek, so we separated and made our own ways back to Geneva.
I was thrilled to see a chalet selling poutine - one of my favorite treats from Canada. The proprietor is a Quebecois who flies over just for the Montreux marché, so business must be good. Before we left for the day we shared some - D-L had never had the "heart attack in a bowl" concoction of french fries, shaved cheese, and gravy. We washed it down with some vin chaud (hot wine), otherwise known as glühwein because of the added spices.
Glühwein is mentioned a number of times in D-L's forthcoming new mystery, Murder on Insel Poel, which will publish in March - http://www.amazon.com/Murder-Insel-Poel-D-L-Nelson/dp/1432828150/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386411401&sr=8-1&keywords=D-L+Nelson+Murder+Insel+Poel. Not long after she arrives on the northern German island of Insel Poel, a handsome young man tries to hit on the book's heroine, Annie, by offering her a warm glass of glühwein "to help you sleep."
As we were finishing our poutine and glühwein, the sun was setting on Lac Leman and the French Alps to the south in a kaleidoscope of pinks and purples.
All in all, a mystical, magical, fun day.
There are more photos in my Facebook albums: https://www.facebook.com/rick.adams.39589/media_set?set=a.10200657693714799.1073741835.1534256330&type=3.