The view from Eni Lavaux

Lac Léman at sunset

Once I’d settled into life in the Bernese Oberland, I came to know other bloggers from across Switzerland. Due to the more gregarious nature of the French and French-speaking Swiss, several of the bloggers I came to know lived on the shores of Lac Léman (or, for Brits, “Lake Geneva”). That led me to head west and attend a few blogger meet-ups and to begin exploring a different side of the country.

The spectacular World Heritage area of vineyards along the shoreline between Vevey and Lausanne has been a natural draw ever since. Although I don’t have any photos from my early visits, my increasing love for landscape photography has drawn me back to the region many times over the years. Mainly in autumn, when the vines turn bright yellow and the lake bright blue, but also across all the seasons.

One of the aspects of the region is the elevated view across the huge lake. Thanks to the size of the expanse, and depending on the weather, visiting the region can almost feel like visiting the Mediterranean, especially when mist hides the far lake shore from view.

After one of my first visits to Lausanne, I took a wrong turning and joined the motorway heading towards Vevey and Montreux. It proved to be a wonderful mistake, as the views from the A9 along the Lavaux section are breathtaking. Having stopped at the Eni service station above Villette on a couple of occasions, I’ve always meant to stop and take photos of the view west across Lausanne at dusk.

Due to the fact that the car park is surrounded by trees, a good photo seemed to be out of the question… until now, when I have a drone capable of superb low-light results. For safety reasons, I chose not to fly the drone around but simply let it ascend around 60 metres directly above the car park, and shoot this high-resolution panoramic view.

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