It has been so soggy in Vevey! But, there was a bright spot over the weekend…a visit from one of my dear friends from Miami University. We were neighbors in our freshmen dorm, and our travel adventures began there…more ‘trips’ to Cincinnati than I can count, London for a spring break, an impulsive trip to Chicago to see a Cubs baseball game at Wrigley Field, and weddings in Maryland & Illinois. And she has visited me in Grand Rapids, St. Louis, and now, Vevey!
We tried to take a walk along the lake on Thursday while the sun was still out. But overnight it started to rain, and throughout the day on Friday, it did not let up. At all. I decided a week earlier that a cookout on Friday night would be a great way for her to meet some of my Nestle friends. Soggy BBQ’s seem to be my specialty after our rainy 4th of July last year. But, thanks to the awning on my terrace, we were still able to grill!
[I should probably also mention that we were kicking off birthday WEEK during this visit, and strawberry shortcake is one of her favorites!]
It also happened to be a night of saying “à bientôt” to a friend who participated in quite a few of the adventures of the past eight months. Her assignment is over, and this was the last time we would be together before her departure.
I keep expecting it to get easier for people to leave, but it really doesn’t.
We saw a glimpse of the sun on Saturday morning, so kept our plans to visit Annecy, France. It’s maybe 90 minutes’ drive from Vevey, and it is known as the “Venice of France,” because of the canals in the old town. (Though, because of all the rain, they seemed more like rushing rivers than meandering canals!)
I guess the rain is good for growing beautiful flowers! We couldn’t get enough!
There is also a gorgeous lake, which is surrounded by mountains, but by the time we made it over there for a walk, it started to rain again!
We had a lovely dinner at a seafood restaurant called L’Auberge du Lyonnais. I was really intrigued by the combination of items on my plate…foie gras, a chocolate macaron, dates, and a miniture berry tart. So strange, yet so delicious.
After spending the night, we drove to church on Sunday morning, and then enjoyed brunch in Lausanne with some more friends. During brunch, it stopped raining. We hoped we would be able to go for a bike ride, but in typical Swiss fashion, there was no way to rent them on a Sunday! We opted to drive down to Montreux and walk along the lake. Again, I was totally enamored by all of the flowers!
I’m so grateful for the friendships that span time and distance. They brighten the rainiest of weekends.