We woke to a beautiful day in Les Diablerets. The sun has been glorious and not a cloud in sight all day. It was cold when I went off for a walk this morning though, the frost sparkling white on the branches of trees making them look almost like ghost trees.
My family was introduced to these delicious pies by a French au pair years ago. Whoever finds the small trinket in their slice is ‘king’ for the day. Often they come with a paper crown to go on the lucky person’s head. I buy them for the delicious buttery pastry filled with sweet almond paste because it’s so tasty but it’s also a fun dessert.
The plan for lunch was to take the chair lift from the centre of Les Diablerets up to Les Mazots, at 1717 metres. In the photo below you can see the straight line in centre-left where the chair lift goes up.
The three of us sat on one 4-person chair. The journey up was about 15 mins. It was a perfect day for me to take the trip up (the skiers are doing it regularly) as the clear skies meant magnificent views. At one point we saw a hang glider floating past in the distance.
Basically this was posh cheese on toast! Rich and delicious Swiss cheese on a great hunk of bread with ham, toasted with an egg on top. It was really good, especially the crunchy cheese edges. It was also, though, rich and filling and while I enjoyed it, I couldn’t finish it and ate only about half. Coffee in Switzerland is good and always involves a chocolate served on the side!
There were a few stalls still open by the church selling local goods. Two benches face each other and a fire burns in the middle to keep people warm. I’d seen this the other day and thought it a delightful way to encourage locals to stop and talk in the snow. Tonight two men stood talking.