While we were staying in Lausanne, little did we know our friend Laurent, who we lived with in New Zealand currently lived about a half an hour away. On our last full day he picked us up and we went to his flat to have a pancake brunch before wandering around his small town and then heading into the mountains.
Laurent grew up not too far away from where he currently lives, and it is the cutest traditional Swiss town. I love getting out of cities to explore the sleepier towns as the buildings tend to be the dreamiest. The shuttered multi-coloured ones of Aubonne didn’t disappoint. There’s a really good lookout point with a small castle a short walk up a hill in the centre of the town. As with our whole stay, it was quite hazy so you can just barely make out the alps in the photo below. I absolutely loved the roof tiles of many of the houses, they looked like colourful fish scales. We had a little walk inside the small castle courtyard, but got scared off as we heard voices. Apparently the entire town of Aubonne is listed in the inventory of Swiss Heritage Sites. I can see why with all the charming buildings, it’d be a shame if it ever changed! It’s also a big agricultural town, notable producing wine, which is why you can see many vineyards in the area. Thanks Laurent for showing us around this picturesque place!
Do you ever visit smaller villages outside of main cities when you travel?