Friday, April 24, 2009

Photo Hunt - Protection

This weeks Theme is Protect (ion)
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This weeks photo hunt was an easy one for me. I wanted to date back in history from where I lived in Montreux and remind people of the Castle of Chillon, especially during the Savoy period* of rule and Bernese period* of protection.

Here are three photos of the castle during our last visit in 2005.

Chateau Chillon as it is known was built on a rocky island . The castle served as natural protection and a strategic location to control the passage between northern and southern Europe.

Chalet Flowers

The beauty of the fortress today.

Chateau Chillon

The upper area served for guards to protect themselves and watch over the Castle.

During the The Savoy period from the 12th century to 1536, the Castle was known as the House of Savoy and controlled the route along the shores of Lake Geneva.

While in the The Bernese period from 1536 until 1798, the Bernese Swiss conquered the Pays de Vaud and occupied Chillon in 1536. The castle retained it's role as a fortress, arsenal and prison for over 260 years.

Happy Hunting - We are off for Vacation in sunny California with very limited internet access.

** Thanks everyone for all of the great comments. I'm reading but don't have enough time to visit. All of the comments are so wonderful though!**


  1. Terrific pics for the theme this week. And thanks for the history lesson too :)

  2. What a great looking fortress. Thanks for sharing this with us. :)

  3. Great take on the theme and such a beautiful place. I enjoyed learning about its history. Happy weekend.

  4. What a beautiful place! I enjoyed learning about it. Hope you have a great vacation!


  5. I applaud how you weave a bit of history into the theme. Very well done.

  6. What a wonderful idea Expat. Plus it is a wonderful place. Have a great weekend.

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  8. That was me before... having a little trouble with the comment thingy...

    Your pics of the castle are great and the history is wonderful... have a good time !!!

  9. Great shots! I bet it would have been a tough nut to crack if beseiged. Happy weekend

  10. I see why you are longing back to this beautiful, from natures side, area.

    Hope you'll have a wonderful stay in CA

  11. excellent post, I could have posted something like this from cruises in the caribbean islands. they all have forts guarding their harbors. but i did not think of it.

  12. Great photos, and a wonderful place. I went with a castle too.

    Hope you are enjoying sunny Cal.

    Happy weekend.

  13. I like your post, it's very informative - and the photos are great! :)
    Don't worry about visiting/commenting... I'm beyond that by now. If I can I will, if I can't the world will still keep turning! ;-)

  14. We still haven't visited this castle but I really want to.