I was excited enough when we finally decided to visit the historical tourist destination in Switzerland – the Interlaken. Yet the more it got interesting when we stopped by these quaint yet equally eye-pleasing Swiss towns as well.
Morning stroll at Avenches
Before we officially left Vaud, we took our morning walk in a dainty, quiet town called Avenches. Formerly called Aventicum, it was the capital of Roman Helvetia founded by Emperor Augustus 2,000 years ago. A significantly-sized Roman amphitheatre in Avenche beams proudly as soon as you get into the town’s proper, thus speaking about the town’s unique heritage from the Roman era.
Nowadays, this Roman amphitheatre holds several festivals and cultural events in Avenches. Among its famous festivals are the Rock Oz’Arenes, an annual open-air rock festival, which has been around for almost 25 years; and the Avenches Opera Festival, which I think closely resembles with the opera festival in Verona. Oh how disappointing it was when we missed the opera season when we were in Verona, now that it reminds me! Perhaps, Avenches opera is a good alternative then.