A perfect weekend, and VC

was part of it.

I just spent the perfect weekend in the Romandie (French speaking part of Switzerland). My wife had a concert with her A Capella choir on Saturday in the marvelous abbey of Romainmôtier, only 15 min. from the motorway Zurich – Berne – Yverdon – Lausanne – Geneva, but in a completely remote area. The abbey was founded around 500 AD and was the first abbey on the ground of today’s Switzerland.
 
A perfect weekend, and VC
 

A perfect weekend, and VC


A perfect weekend, and VC

A perfect weekend, and VC


A perfect weekend, and VC


On Sunday, as my wife went on with her choir to a second concert on the border of the Lac Leman (lake of Geneva), I took the opportunity to have a great 5 hour drive in the Jura mountains, thereby passing the new Vacheron Constantin site in the Valley du Joux at the village of Le Brassus, 50 km from Geneva and 1’033m above sea level.

http://www.vacheron-constantin.com/en/sites/le-sentier-workshops

First pic from the back ...
 

A perfect weekend, and VC

 .... and from the front side:

A perfect weekend, and VC


This time, I had a different kind of chrono as a companion …
 
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It was a wonderful day, following some impressions from the village of Le Sentier (home of Jaeger-le-Coultre and Blancpain, among others) and the Lac du Joux:

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A perfect weekend, and VC


A perfect weekend, and VC



The Lac du Joux from its northern end, the village of Le Pont:

A perfect weekend, and VC


A perfect weekend, and VC

As nice as it looks, this region can be very rough and harsh during winter time, and even in spring and autumn, there may be rain, fog and snow.
 
In the Jura, there is wonderful cheese from happy cows (no marketing joke). It is an artisanal production from A - Z. One specialty is the Vacherin Mont d’Or, a delicious creamy cheese served with a spoon, first produced in village Charbonnières in the Vallée du Joux around 1800.

A perfect weekend, and VC



A perfect weekend, and VC


A perfect weekend, and VC

... and here comes the cheese (picture form the internet):

A perfect weekend, and VC

So this time Vacherin from les Charbonnières instead of Vacheron from les Cabinnotiers smiley
 


Another valley with watchmaking tradition is the Val de Travers, home of the Chopard LUC manufacture, Parmigiani and Bovet, situated above the Lake of Neuchâtel.

A perfect weekend, and VC
 
A perfect weekend, and VC


I hope you had a nice weekend as well, and I wish everybody a good start into the new week!

Cheers Roland
Wow, that is a great weekend!
04/14/2014 - 02:31
Such beautiful scenery and the cheese looks amazing.
Vacherin from les Charbonnières
04/14/2014 - 03:17
Love it cheeky.  What a wonderful place and your pictures bring back many happy memories.  Mrs TT and I were just looking over the guidebooks for next year's trek in Switerland so your post is very welcome heart.
Re: Vacherin from les Charbonnières
04/14/2014 - 16:37
Thank you! I am more than happy to provide you with some detailed information as soon as your planning is getting specific, also about an important part I left out, the restaurants .... just let me know smiley
a idyllic view of Switzerland, exactly as you imagine it to be! Thanks
04/14/2014 - 12:30
for sharing
Darn you Alex, I was going to use the word idyllic as well!
04/14/2014 - 15:35
You beat me to it angrywink It looks like a wonderful weekend Roland!  Thanks for showing us. BR, Dan
Idyllic ...
04/14/2014 - 16:29
... was absolutely inevitable yesterday, it was such a perfect day. OK, the cows maybe ... cool For the "full picture", I will add some pics of the Vallée du Joux on a rainy, windy, snowy, freezing day, but this can wait ...
Re: A perfect weekend, and VC
04/14/2014 - 17:48
Thanks for the lovely photos, Rolando. It brought back some pleasant memories for me too...my trip to Geneva, the Val de Joux and Fleurier on the Time Zone tour in 2006. The weather and sites were exactly as you photographed them. Regards, Joseph
Re: Re: A perfect weekend, and VC
04/14/2014 - 20:01
Thank you Joseph for your kind words, I am happy that you had such a great experience in 2006. It is amazing to see the traditional farmers and cheesemakers next door to the cutting-edge watchmaking workshops. Best, Roland
Vacherin Constanton
04/14/2014 - 23:47
Thanks Roland for this refreshing post. The pics are lovelysmiley
Merci
04/15/2014 - 12:10
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Roland, I've just caught-up with you...
04/16/2014 - 12:44
I'm having a rather busy week, however, I must thank you for the beautiful photographsyes. You are so fortunate to be surrounded by such wonderful countryside. Thank you for taking the trouble to capture the moment. Appreciated. Kind regards Tony
Re: Roland, I've just caught-up with you...
04/16/2014 - 18:32
Thank you Tony for your kind words, happy that you like it!  It is a priviledge indeed, so it was a pleasure rather than trouble  smiley For the dinner, I left the camera off, this would have been an additional treat ... Best, Roland