Switzerland 2019 (1 of 2)

This is the first of two pages documenting our trip to Switzerland. Click here to go to the second page.

On August 1, 2019, we picked up our Renault Megane rental car at the Cannes train station and set out for our Swiss vacation. Our first stop was Lyon (yes, we know that this is in France, but 445 kilometers—278 miles—seemed enough for a first day, and besides we have always liked Lyon). Wer got there late afternoon, checked into our hotel, and immediately began exploring our favorite spots. This was somewhat disappointing as many of the sites were under construction; notably the Place des Terreaux and the area around the Opera were a mess. Still, we extended our sightseeing to the next day and didn't leave for Geneva until mid-afternoon. The only thing we had planned for our first stop in Switzerland was dinner with my high school friend Peter and his wife Brigitte. I had seen Peter a few times over the years, but it had been forty years since the four of us had gotten together! We had a lovely time and vowed that we wouldn't let that much time elapse until the next reunion. The following morning, we left Geneva and drove to Neuchâtel.

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Lyon

The 'Fontaine Bartholdi' on the 'Place des Terreaux' The 'Place des Jacobins'

The Fontaine Bartholdi on the Place des Terreaux

The Place des Jacobins


The fountain 'Rue Louis Paufique' Inside 'Saint-Bonaventure' Church

The fountain

Rue Louis Paufique

Inside Saint-Bonaventure Church


Interior of 'Saint-Bonaventure' Church 'Place de la Bourse'

Interior of Saint-Bonaventure Church

Place de la Bourse


'Rue Grolée', looking toward thre Chamber of Commerce Nicely decorated windows on the 'Place Ennemond Fousseret'

Rue Grolée, looking toward the Chamber of Commerce

Nicely decorated windows on the Place Ennemond Fousseret


Candy store on the 'Rue Saint-Jean' 'Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste' Inside the cathedral

Candy store on the Rue Saint-Jean

Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste

Inside the cathedral


The astronomical clock in the Lyon cathedral The 'Place Saint-Jean' in front of the cathedral

The astronomical clock in the Lyon cathedral

The Place Saint-Jean in front of the cathedral


'Saint-Jean' and 'Fourvières' seen from across the Saône Strolling along the 'Quai Romain Rolland'

Saint-Jean and Fourvières seen from across the Saône

Strolling along the Quai Romain Rolland


The 'Place Bellecour' in the evening The 'Place Bellecour' in the morning

The Place Bellecour in the evening

The Place Bellecour in the morning

You might also enjoy looking at photos of an earlier visit to Lyon.

Neuchâtel

This is the place where we met in the seventies, and though we have been back a few times, it's always special to be here. We walked through town, took the number 7 bus (now called the 107) to Rue de la Dîme where our dorm was located. Sadly, the Maison d'étudiants de Champréveyres no longer exists. The building is still there, but it has been converted to apartments. We took the short walk to Hauterive as we had so many times as students; the restaurant where they used to make the world's best ham sandwiches is still there. We then took the funicular up to Chaumont before returning to town for dinner. We climbed up to the Collégiale and strolled along the lake front. Fond memories! The next morning, we boarded the 1912 paddle steamer "Neuchâtel" for a trip to Estavayer-le-Lac from where we returned with a different ship. After lunch at the Fleur de Lys (it's still there!), we walked to the university and the Palais du Peyrou before hitting the road again. Next stop: Zurich.


View from the 'Esplanade du Mont Blanc' to the 'Collégiale' On the 'Esplanade du Mont Blanc'

View from the Esplanade du Mont Blanc to the Collégiale

On the Esplanade du Mont Blanc


On the 'Quai Ostervald' On the 'Quai Ostervald'

On the Quai Ostervald

On the Quai Ostervald


Statue of a woman in early 20th Century attire... ...being greeted by a similarly clad man. Exploring the 'Passerelle de l'Utopie'

Statue of a woman in early 20th Century attire...

...being greeted by a similarly clad man.

Exploring the Passerelle de l'Utopie


The harbor of Neuchâtel On the 'Place Pury'

The harbor of Neuchâtel

On the Place Pury


Usually, the 'Place des Halles' is Neuchâtel's market place 'Les Brasseurs' replaces the sadly defunct 'Café du Théâtre'

Usually, the Place des Halles is Neuchâtel's market place

Les Brasseurs replaces the sadly defunct Café du Théâtre


The Hauterive village square The fountain in the Hauterive village square

The Hauterive village square

The fountain in the Hauterive village square


Waiting for the funicular from La Coudre to Chaumont to depart The view from the Chaumont funicular station

Waiting for the funicular from La Coudre to Chaumont to depart

The view from the Chaumont funicular station


Heading back down Fountain on the 'Rue du Temple Neuf' The iconic 'Tour de Diesse' clock tower

Heading back down

Fountain on the Rue du Temple Neuf

The iconic Tour de Diesse clock tower


This stately old town building houses mostly law offices Looking down from Castle Hill to the lake

This stately old town building houses mostly law offices

Looking down from Castle Hill to the lake


By the castle The rooftops of Neuchâtel

By the castle

The rooftops of Neuchâtel


The 'Collégiale' Collegiate Church In the upper town One of several ways down

The Collégiale Collegiate Church

In the upper town

One of several ways down


The 1912 paddle steamer "Neuchâtel" We're on our way!

The 1912 paddle steamer "Neuchâtel"

We're on our way!


The 1926 steam engine On the lake

The 1926 steam engine (video clip: See and hear it run!)

On the lake


On the lake Getting ready to dock in Estavayer-le-Lac

On the lake

Getting ready to dock in Estavayer-le-Lac


The "Neuchâtel" in Estavayer-le-Lac Returning to Neuchâtel harbor on the 1939 'MS Le Cygne'

The "Neuchâtel" in Estavayer-le-Lac

Returning to Neuchâtel harbor on the 1939 MS Le Cygne


Neuchâel University The 'Palais du Peyrou'

Neuchâel University

The Palais du Peyrou


The photos on this page were taken between August 1 and 4, 2019 with our Fujifilm X100s.
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