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Travel Series – Switzerland | Part 1

30/04/19

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Switzerland Travel Series Part 1 blog title image Ollon

Travel Series – Switzerland  Part 1: Ollon

It has been a dream of mine to visit Switzerland since I was a little girl. In my childhood dreams it was always the beautiful snowcapped mountains that captured my imagination. Living in South Africa for most of my life, snow is not something we saw very often (if at all) so it always held a magical quality in my mind (I’m sure those of you who experience snow EVERY winter might not share my same magical feelings where snow is concerned!! haha).

Dreams into Reality

My trip to Switzerland was completely serendipitous. I did a fabulous extended family session for my good friend Lexi when her family from Switzerland were visiting. We had such a fun session and once I delivered the pictures Michelle (Lexi’s sister) left me a fabulous review and extended an invitation for me to visit if I was ever planning on coming to Europe. Needless to say I was so excited and that was the start of what became a fabulous 9 day trip to the little town of Ollon, an hour’s train trip from Geneva.

Beauty wherever you look

My first impressions of Switzerland were even better than my childhood dreams. There is beauty everywhere you look. Ollon is situated in the foothills of the mountains to the south-east of Lake Geneva. It’s  a beautiful little village with a mixture of old original buildings right in town and more modern houses on the outskirts. Being at the foot of the mountains means there are beautiful country roads lined with big trees, hillsides lined with vineyards, sweet cows with big bells lazying in the fields!! The first thought you have is a sense of peace!

Amazing Hosts

The amazing Cerusini family welcomed me into their home and were the most fantastic hosts throughout my stay. They made sure that I had the full Swiss experience. Ollon is perfectly positioned between France and Italy. With the French border 40 minutes in one direction and the Italian border 40 minutes in the opposite direction. Having a local involved when planning an overseas trip is definietly invaluable as Michelle made sure I got the right visa so that I would easily pass through the various borders whilst on my trip which meant I was able to take a trip to Evian, France as well as an epic trip to Aosta in Italy with a memorable trip over the St. Bernard pass in the alps.

I had the most amazing trip and saw so many beautiful places!! Switzerland stole my heart and  I am hoping to share some of that love with you through this new mini series. I’m kicking off the series with a few pictures of the town that sealed my love for Switzerland ~ Ollon!!

*These images are a mainly iPhone pictures…I didn’t always have my camera handy and the scenery was just too good not to capture so out came my phone to make sure I got it ALL!!!

Travel Series Switzerland Ollon Countryside Travel Series Switzerland Ollon Countryside Travel Series Switzerland Ollon Countryside Travel Series Switzerland Ollon Aigle Castle Travel Series Switzerland Ollon old town buildings Travel Series Switzerland Ollon old town blue shutters

Travel Series Switzerland Ollon old town buildings Travel Series Switzerland Ollon countryside

Travel Series Switzerland Ollon old town buildings Travel Series Switzerland Ollon Countryside

Travel Series Switzerland Ollon old town buildings Travel Series Switzerland Ollon beehives Travel Series Switzerland Ollon old town buildings Travel Series Switzerland Ollon Dents de Midi Peak Travel Series Switzerland Ollon Travel Series Switzerland Ollon Travel Series Switzerland Ollon Vineyards Travel Series Switzerland Ollon Travel Series Switzerland Ollon

Travel Series Switzerland Ollon Old Town Buildings and Scenery

A very special family with the most amazing hearts!!! 3/4’s of the Cerusini family who hosted me so graciously!! What a blessing they were and still are to me!! Friends for life.
Travel Series Switzerland Ollon Travel Series Switzerland Cerusini Family

  1. Veronica Trinidad says:

    Oh man, this place is beautiful, I hope one day I can visit there. Thank for sharing those images 😀

  2. Alissa says:

    This post seriously makes me want to jump on a plane and go! Holy cow. I hope you had a great time!

  3. Maria says:

    I travel through Switzerland on my way to Italy and France. It is breathtaking. The mountains are so big, grass so green and so clean. Love our photos.

  4. Liz Viernes says:

    What a fabulous trip this looks like! Now I want to go!!!

  5. Thank you for the reminder we sometimes need that we are very blessed indeed to live in this wonderfully beautiful place! We loved having you Mandy and I hope you’ll bring your boys for the next visit. Lots of love, your friend for life xxx

    • Mandy Provan says:

      You’re most welcome (going through all these photos again has made me miss it even more!!) so we are definitely saving up for a family visit. Ethan has already found some or other festival in Switzerland that he thinks we all need to go to when we’re there! hahaha. Sending such big hugs and lots of love to you my friend (for life! :D). xx

  6. Robby says:

    So incredible! Love seeing travel photography. Looks like y’all had an incredible time!

  7. Amber says:

    I love the photos of the mountains!

  8. Krista says:

    This place is Gorgeous!! Love the unique doors. Looks like such a fun trip! 🙂

  9. Lisa says:

    Stunning Mands! Next time you’ll have to add Zürich to your list and come and visit us!

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