The second leg of our 2 week Christmas family holiday : Switzerland!!
My parents actually rented a house in the Rocher de Naye Mountains!! We took the eurorail from Paris to Montreux, Switzerland, than took the Montreux-Gilon-Rochers de Naye Railway to Paccot Station where we stayed in the mountain covered in snow for 3 nights. There were only 3 other houses situated at this station so you can imagine the serenity we enjoyed. There wasn’t much we could do up in the mountains unless you took the rail all the way up to the summit where the ski resort is. We built our first snowman and made our very own slide from the snow. That kept us entertained!! The best thing was spending quality time we our family 🙂 Our respective husband and fiance came too !!
We initially had some issues with the house. The caretaker of the house only turned on the central boiler when we arrived. We couldn’t have a warm shower and we spent the first night feeling cold (Everything was alright after the place warmed up). Because the electrical items in the house was seldom used, imagine a family of 7 going up and suddenly everything was turned on. It caused multiple electrical trips throughout our stay there. The caretaker showed us where the circuit box was so it was the men’s job to get the electricity running whenever it tripped. Other than that we actually liked the house 🙂
Plus, we spoke extremely limited french and couldn’t communicate very well with the caretaker. We went round knocking on the doors of the other houses hoping to get help from someone. Fortunately, there was french couple vacationing in one of the houses who spoke both English and French. They were kind in helping us translate everything the caretaker said and advised us on the train timings. They even showed us around their holiday home with 2 cute little dogs!!