When I tell people how many countries I’ve visited since living here, they almost always assume I haven’t explored Switzerland. While I definitely haven’t seen every nook and cranny, I like to think that I’m doing a good job of experiencing the country I call home. Over the last couple of weekends, I’ve been purposeful about doing some things nearby that I’ve heard about or intended to do for some time. Two weeks ago, it was the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, yesterday it was hiking Creux du Van, and today it was a visit to the castles in Sion.
Four of us drove to Sion and enjoyed lunch in a cave. Yes, a cave. It was the first place we stumbled upon, and we gave it a shot. The ambiance was great, and the staff was especially friendly (something I find unusual in Switzerland). The food was mediocre, but all in all, our afternoon in Sion was off to a good start.
After our lunch, we climbed up to the first castle – Chateau de Tourbillon. For starters, it was WAY warmer than I realized. I was in a fall jacket, scarf, jeans, and boots when I should’ve been in capris and a short sleeve shirt! Who would’ve thought we would have this kind of weather in November?! Secondly, it was a bit of a climb, and I felt every step following our hike yesterday. But my oh my – the scenery was incredible!! Two castles sitting on separate hills surrounded by mountains, a valley, and vineyards!
[Stones spelled out the castle’s name on the doorstep!]
[Vineyards, vineyards, and more vineyards!]
We explored the interior of the ruins of Chateau de Tourbillon (originally built in the 13th century) and took in the views of Chateau Valere along the way. We also took a quick stroll through the centre of Sion, which was charming.
As we entered the motorway on our way back to Vevey, we heard a bad sound. At first I thought it was a motorcycle or another vehicle behind me, but we quickly realized it was us. I pulled to the side of the highway (which isn’t particularly safe in a country where drivers don’t move over), and sure enough I had ANOTHER flat tire. For those of you keeping score, this is my FOURTH flat since March, and I am now beyond annoyed. Hopefully, the garage will once and for all fix whatever the issue is (and hopefully, I won’t be buying another new tire…or two)! Thankfully, the roadside assistance was there in less than 10 minutes and we were on our way in no time. A little hiccup at the end of a beautiful weekend, but I’m still glad we got out to enjoy the beautiful weather!