Switzerland‚Äôs French-speaking area, Romandy, is home to the Canton of Vaud.¬† This picturesque region boasts charming towns, beautiful scenery and a wonderful climate.¬† Vaud‚Äôs atmosphere is also quite serene, which is perhaps why many celebrities have made their home there.¬† Presently, stars such as David Bowie and Phil Collins have residences in Vaud.¬† In days past, Ernest Hemingway, Audrey Hepburn and Charlie Chaplin owned homes in the area.
The Canton of Vaud is Switzerland‚Äôs second largest wine producer.¬† The Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, located along the shores of Lake Geneva, were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.¬† These vine terraces can be traced back as far as the 11th century, when the area was controlled by the Cistercian and Benedictine monasteries.
This tranquil area of Switzerland is a perfect vacation destination for those who are looking to just relax and enjoy the beauty of their surroundings.¬† Find a cheap flight to Switzerland and explore the area for yourself.¬† For now, let‚Äôs try a traditional dish of the region, Papet Vaudois.
3 leeks, cut into to inch long strips, including green parts
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First stop: Glasgow. Named the European City of Design and Architecture in 1999, Glasgow has come a long way from its days of being an industrial town consisting of steel mills and shipyards.¬† While we were there, we enjoyed the fantastic shopping at Princes Square and late-night fish n‚Äô chips after hitting few pubs on Sauchiehall Street.
Our second city we visited was Edinburgh, Scotland‚Äôs capital city; the charming character and ancient architecture make it one of world‚Äôs most picturesque cities.¬† From the Grassmarket to Princes Street, you could spend days just walking around and still not see everything. Our best souvenir from Edinburgh is from Tartan Weaving Mill next door to the castle; they dressed us head to toe in full Scottish regalia and took some really fantastic photos.
The next well-known town on the agenda was Inverness which is the capital and gateway to the Scottish Highlands. It is, by far, my favorite city in Scotland.¬† It is small city with much to do, from Loch Ness pleasure Cruises to Inverness Castle Tours.¬† I loved Inverness so much, we came back and stayed two more nights.
We also stayed in Aberdeen.¬† It is dubbed the ‚ÄúGranite City‚Äù or ‚ÄúSilver City‚Äù due to the fact that nearly every building in the city is constructed of this igneous rock, resulting in a sparkling effect.¬† There are plenty of museums, galleries and attractions making Aberdeen an ideal family vacation destination.
We visited a bunch of other really cool places such as: Dornoch, home to the Dornoch Castle; Rua Reidh Lighthouse in Melvaig;¬† Ballater, an adorable resort town along the River Dee and¬† St Andrews, ancient university town, world headquarters of golf.
If I could spend every vacation in Scotland, I probably would.¬† The people are friendly, the shopping is good and the scenery is outstanding!¬† Don‚Äôt take my word for it, see for yourself.¬† Book a cheap flight to Edinburgh or Glasgow and get on your way to a great vacation!