ThunerseeOctober 14, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C
Another day, another beautiful lake scene outside our windows. We feel so fortunate to be able to spend time soaking in Switzerland's stunning landscapes. This evening an orange leaved Horse Chestnut tree arches its branches over Martha's roof. We squeezed between a hedge and a large rock to park on this grassy patch. A flyover behind us emits some traffic noise but the view of the glacial valley ahead is more than worth it.
Following a three day stint at Lac de Gruyére we'd planned a visit to one of Switzerland's oldest chocolate makers; Maison Cailler. According to the guide book they ran tours with tastings, an activity right up Vicky's street!
Approaching the village of Broc there were signs to the factory. It quickly became clear the operation was now owned by Nestlé, who had slapped a height barrier on their car park. We made an immediate decision to scrap our plans. For many years now we have avoided buying from Nestlé due to its unethical marketing of baby milk with unhealthy additives such as sucrose and vanilla flavouring, its use of unsustainable palm oil and its practice of pumping water away from areas where indigenous communities have no safe drinking supply and where sensitive ecologies are put at risk.
Continuing on our journey we spotted a large Migros; a Swiss supermarket we hadn't yet explored. The main car park was underground but signs pointed to a few open air designated motorhome bays with no height restriction- yey! Migros seemed like the equivalent of Tesco, with a wide range of grocery and homeware products. Prices were reasonable (for Switzerland) and interestingly food was taxed at 2.5%, compared to 0% in the UK.
The main roads channelled us back via Bern and the names of towns began to include more umlauts than acute accents. The motorway exit signs changed from 'sortie' to 'ausfahrt'. We were re-entering a German speaking area.
After filling with LPG (with a German fitting) at 0.93Sfr per litre and emptying our black and grey water at services off the motorway, we finally arrived at Thunersee. Later in the day we were joined by Scottish Suzie and her partner Peter, originally from Poland. They'd travelled from their home in Kilmarnock, and hired a van in France for their very first motorhome holiday. Having only one week they'd been clocking up the kilometres and were pretty tired, but loving the nomadic lifestyle!Read more