Pronounced “Ku-ee” (Swiss-French), on the outset Cully is just another small and charming Swiss village alongside Lac Léman. Part of Lavaux, in the canton of Vaud, famous for its Terraced Vineyards, we had driven to this lake-side hilly location to catch the Lavaux Express – a “train” that would take us deeper through the winding paths of the vineyards for some magnificent panoramic views of the region. In addition to this, it promised an up close and personal look at the vines that cover the hills in a blanket of green.
As a creature of habit, on location much before the excursion was to start, while the kids played at the nearby park, I took off, to capture the unusual nature of the sleepy village, the Flâneur in me itchy to experience its quaintness.
Here’s the thing about Swiss villages though; they break the “you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all” misconception with élan. Each small part of the country brings with itself a unique beauty in the form of its location, the views, cafes and shops, bright window shutters, fountains, and brightly coloured houses. Every turn proves to be a surprise that makes walking aimlessness the best way to explore any part of the country.
Cully was no different, and while the time I spent in it was limited, it was enough for it to impress me enough that the next time I’m anywhere close to it, I’d love to go back and explore it just a little bit more… this time hopefully at a leisurely pace.
Most European small towns look similar; very few have a strong character. And few…you have to uncover it to reveal its true essence.
Love your description..beautifully written 😄
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This is such a quaint Swiss town! I love the photos of the colourful buildings, and your words describe it perfectly. Not a typical Swiss village!
What a beautiful picture post. Cully looks absolutely beautiful. Pretty much how I imagine Switzerland to be! Thank you for sharing!
Love the variety you were able to capture. Fishing boats, colorful houses, romantic hills, even the red flower amongst the vines. Cully is cute.
Cully needs no introduction! The pictures themselves tell the story and provide a glimpse of what this Swiss village is about. I really love the views of the narrow alleys and the building facades. Great job on this beautiful photo essay!
I’ve never even heard of this place but it looks gorgeous! It’s nice to see so much detail in pictures and not just the usual landscape photos. It’s really telling a story! I love your description of the place too.
Being from a small village myself I love visiting them. Cully looks so picturesque, such unique and colourful buildings to photograph and of course fresh air to breath in. The Lavaux Express train ride must be so beautiful in that part of the world. Perfect for overland travellers like myself!
What a pretty little village! I love visiting small countryside towns when we get the chance–it offers a totally different perspective on a place. Would love to take ANY train ride in Switzerland, too–I’m sure it was stunning.
Cully looks idyllic if anything. I agree, its always worth seeing new towns and villages even though people might say they are “all the same”. Lovely photos!
What a cute little town! It almost reminds me of a little ski village! What’s there to do?
I love photo-tours. This one entices me to visit Switzerland. Cheers!!
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