Last Saturday, more than a year after having moved to our flat here… we finally welcomed the hubby’s younger brother and his wife to our ‘no longer new’ home. hehehe… 🙂
It was not that we had not invited them before… but they could not make it when we first invited them several months ago. But now that they have finally managed to come to visit us in Lausanne… maybe we will get them to come back for other visits. After all, Geneva (where they live) is only about 40 minutes’ drive from Lausanne. And… we have yet to show them the stunning 360° view from La Tour de Sauvabelin… which is just nearby. So… we’ll keep that for their next visit lah. 🙂
After treating them to an Asian meal for lunch… cooked by no one other than yours truly, naturally :-)… we took them to Lutry, that very picturesque small old town beside Lac Léman (or Lake Geneva as it is mistakenly called in English). The idea was to go out for a little walk, taking them through the (mostly) cobbled streets of the old town of Lutry and showing them the Peruvian restaurant that we had seen there on our previous visits since the brother’s wife hails from the country of the Incas. But… it was also a very nice area to spend the end of our little excursion by the lakeside sipping drinks.
So…if in the previous entry, I shared the beautiful lake view as we strolled along Lac Léman near Lutry… this time, I’ll share more of the buildings and streets of Lutry, instead.
Below are pictures as we entered into the old town… (to see them better, you can click on them!)
The road besides the carpark, which marks the beginning of the old town, called Terreaux. The lake side is just further down this road… about 5 minutes on foot.
I simply adore the sight of vine and plant covered houses! The hubby would like to add that the façades of the houses here at Terreaux were built incorporating the 10 metre high wall that used to protect the village (burgum) in the Middle Ages. They are therefore not as old as some of the other houses behind them in rue Verdaine. Note that the terrace-like garden on this picture and on the one just above were part of the mediaeval defensive structure too, called braie or terre-plein in French (earthen mound). Since then, they have been converted into garages, shops or even into extra housing space.
One of the interesting features of these old houses is the window with the pulley at the top of the house… this one with the pulley apparently still left untouched… and unused. In the old days, the pulley was used to pull up ballots of grains, straw and other foodstuff into the building. (If you look inside the open window, you will notice the wooden framework of beams visible in the picture on the right. Quite a nice feature, no?)
You will be able to see more of such windows… if you look closely at the pictures of the old town, below.
An old rustic looking stone farmhouse… with a nice wide window. I love the window decoration (right picture). Strangely, it must be one of the only buildings left in the old town not to have undergone what we call in Singapore an ‘upgrading’ as the walls of this farmhouse display the rough, almost coarse, greyness typical (so says the hubby) of the façades of 19th century farm buildings that have not been revamped.
Note the metal, flag-like sign on the far left, probably displaying the coat of arms of the family which built the house. There are many such signs sticking out of houses in Lutry.
Another very old house in the old town, probably the oldest still standing, the so-called ‘Cloister’. The design of the window (with a pointed arch, accolade in French) is typical of houses built in the 16th century. The door was opened that day… and so I could not resist taking a peek inside… even though the hubby and his family had already left the area! It still has an old well inside the courtyard… although no longer in use since the bucket used to draw water now serves as a plant pot… very quaint!!
Another old, interesting looking building in the old town, which (the hubby explains) served as the gate to the western courtyard of the Château (castle) and dates back to the 16th century. The Château now houses the local police station as well as various government and administrative departments of the commune of Lutry. Note the decorative gargoyle heads above the gate, ending each of the eight consoles bearing the machicolated overhanging structure, and the coat of arms in the middle.
The courtyard inside with a wooden balcony (also believed to date back to the 16th century) filled with flowers and display boards below for various notices pertaining to commune-related topics.
Some of the narrow buildings inside the old town…
…with equally small and narrow alleys in between them. The last one on the right even has an old well in the alley!
While most of these old buildings are still used for residential purposes… some have been tastefully converted into shops, studios, cafés and restaurants.
Next… pictures of the narrow and cobbled streets in the old town..
And lastly… pictures taken along the lakeside of Lutry’s old town…
Errr… but before that… picture of the Peruvian restaurant called Café-restaurant du Léman (the one lighted up at the end of this street as this picture was taken during our earlier trip to Lutry when the hubby was thinking of going for a swim). The restaurant looks across Place de Halles towards the harbour of Lutry.
One of the many cafés along the lake side of Lutry.
Buildings with grape vines creeping on their walls. I wish I could have grape vine creeping along my balcony railing! Imagine… after having a meal on the balcony, I just have to walk 1-2 steps to pick a bunch of grapes for dessert! Ohhhhh… I just love such a thought!!!! 🙂
More houses and flats along the lake side…
… with green and flowering plants creeping all over.
As I said before, I simply adore this!! 🙂
Having a drink at Hôtel Restaurant le Rivage… situated along the lake. Besides the beautiful lake view…
I was equally impressed with the hill view of Lavaux in the background on the other side. Very picturesque, is it not?
Some of the smaller details that I noticed in Lutry… (clock-wise) the beautiful hanging signs seen all over the old town, the equally interesting hanging lamp posts (this one in the shape of what looks like a monkey!), a water-spouting monkey (an animal which with the inhabitants of Lutry are associated, apparently) as wall décor for one of the restaurants (interesting choice of water fountain :-)) and… fondue pots serving as plant pots at one of the cafés (I loikeee!!).
And not forgetting the fantastic lake view from Lutry!!
So… I hope that you have enjoyed looking at the pictures of Lutry.
If you do, well… maybe you can click the like button below… so that I will know and… of course, be motivated to share more of such places in Switzerland and elsewhere lah! hehehe 🙂
Other entries on Lutry:
- An afternoon at the beach in Lutry…
- In search of frozen lakeside scenes at Lutry…
- A stroll along the lakeside around Lutry…