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Romont is a pretty town from a distance. Up close, it’s pretty small and lacking in good dining options. Don’t skip it entirely, however – the countryside is gorgeous and this is prime stained glass country.

Sites:

  • **Vitromusée Romont: the stained glass museum. There’s a small but impressive collection of stained glass, and a larger collection of art painted onto the back of class. It’s in a castle (the second oldest Savoyard castle in Vaud, after Chilon). 
  • There’s a stained glass walking/biking tour: https://www.fribourgregion.ch/en/V831/stained-glass-trail
  • **Abbaye de la Fille-Dieu: At the foot of the hill from Romont, the Cistercian Abbey la Fille-Dieu was founded in 1268 by three young women from the region. The first church was consecrated in 1346. The buildings were transformed by war, fire and political vagaries. The renovations carried out in the 1990s returned the church to its original volume. The non-figurative stained glass by the English artist Brian Clarke is the only contemporary aspect of the church. It’s a striking effect – the interior of the church feels like being at the bottom of a swimming pool. The specialty of the monastery shop is mustard, made from using a recipe found in the abbey. The wholegrain, hot and honey mustards are made from natural ingredients.
  • Just outside of town, the **Wallpaper Museum in Mézières is charmingly odd. It’s literally just a house with wallpaper (original and partially restored). The church next door is worth a stop for more modern stained glass.

We rode route 62, from Châtel-St-Denis to Romont. It’s stunning, a lot of up and down, but worth it.

Lucens

A relatively unremarkable town, aside from a very imposing castle in private hands (available for events). Purchased by the son of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, it was briefly home to the Conan Doyle Foundation. A rather charming recreation of Sherlock’s study was built there, and is now relocated just below the castle in the *Lucens Sherlock Holmes Museum (which is not bad, but this room is the entire museum, not much else to see).

Moudon

A smallish town near Romont on the plateau above Lausanne. While easy to overlook, there’s a fairly intact medieval walled town, and several museums that appear to be summer only. 

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