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Roche de Naye

A view from the Roche du Naye mountain (2042m) while in Switzerland teaching at the private ACCD(E) design college 1991-1993. This was the European arm of the famous Art Centre College of Design in Pasadena, California, USA. For two years I tutored design students from all over the world in product and automotive design. The college was housed in the Chateau de Sully setback in the hills above Lake Geneva and only a few hundred meters from Manoir de Ban, Charlie Chaplin's home for 25 years.

The route to the top of the Roche de Naye was a favourite outing for me as it was very accessible being not too high to climb and near Montreaux. There was also a cog railway that you could take to the top, which stopped at various interesting stations along the way. Caux, a middle station, was particularly interesting with its impressive Caux Place hotel and colourful history. While I was there the Palace hotel housed the MRA and over the years had been visited by many famous people.