The pros and cons of staying connected on vacation

While planning a trip to Montreux Switzerland, I contemplated whether to take my cell phone, laptop, tablet and other devices that tether me to the world around me.  I am sure that my Montreux accommodation will have wireless internet service and that I will have no shortage of pictures to share based on the breathtaking scenery promised by the Montreux tourism office.  However, while I am enjoying my Montreux ski vacation, do I really want to stay connected to the outside world?  Over the moans and groans of my husband, I made a list of pros and cons to weight my options. Continue reading

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Switzerland travel information and fast facts

Planning a trip to Montreux Switzerland for a fantastic Swiss Alps ski vacation or to visit the home of the Montreux Jazz Festival?  Switzerland is a wonderful country to visit and to travel in because of the beautiful landscape, the Swiss Alps, the friendly people, quaint villages and relaxing resorts.  If you are planning a vacation in Switzerland, here are some fast facts and helpful information about Switzerland. Continue reading

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Packing tips for wine and art souvenirs

If you are visiting Montreux Switzerland, you are in for a real treat.  This beautiful city boosts some of the best Swiss ski resorts and is the home of the Montreux Jazz Festival.  In addition to fantastic skiing and entertainment options, the shopping in Montreux is fantastic.  You can pick up great Swiss wine, beautiful pieces of art and other great souvenirs for yourself and for people back home.  However, packing wine and other delicate souvenirs for the trip home can be tricky.  Here are some great souvenir packing tips that should help you keep your precious finds intact on the way home. Continue reading

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Montreux Jazz Festival 2013

Montreux Switzerland is famous for many things but is most famous for the Montreux ski resorts and the Montreux festival.  Montreux weather is perfect for attracting skiers who adore skiing in the Switzerland.  Montreux has fantastic ski resorts that attract and cater to the skiing community.  However, once each year Montreux is turned into a huge jazz party.  The Montreux Jazz Festival is world famous among jazz lovers.  Our section on the Festival explains the Festival’s history and how this yearly event came to be held in Montreux each year.  Montreux hotels and tourism officials welcome guests each year to this special event.  The 47th Montreux Jazz Festival will be held beginning on July 5 2013 and running through July 20, 2013 with several new artists and events. Continue reading

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Visit Château de Chillon in Montreux

If you are looking for something fun to do while visiting Montreux Switzerland, then take a tour of the Château de Chillon.  Located on the eastern tip of Lake Geneva just a mile east of Montreux, this castle is rich with history and full of fascinating architecture and details.  The medieval castle has been preserved though the years and it is great condition, which gives visitors a truly authentic look back through history.  The Savoy family, whose seal still adorns the castle’s towers (a thin red cross), expanded the castle in the 13th century to its current size.  The castle served as both a fortress and a residence for the family.  However, in 1536 the Bernese invaded and conquered the castle in two days making it the residence of the new governor.  Continue reading

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