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Jan 27

Switzerland: Week Two-ish

In the flurry of final fondues with family, packing up the trailer once more, and driving to Maine, I have yet to complete the Switzerland 2015 category of eeeeeep.

 

So without further ado….

 

Week two (ish):

 

forest

Just out the door and a short walk down the road, one enters a magical, mossy forest. It is amazing to me that with all the people and the limited land available, there is any land like this left at all (but there’s tons, thank goodness!).

 

woodpile

Some keep their wood in the forest. The wood piles are neat, tidy, well-stacked, and protected from the elements.

 

manInMist

Man in the mist.

 

fieldsOfNeyruz

Rolling fields and Neyruz (Stéphane’s home) in the background.

 

crossBW

There are crosses all over Switzerland: in the fields, at the summits of every mountain, and in the churches whose beautiful steeples can be seen from the very smallest village to the largest city.

birthdayLunch

Jürg and Maria cook an amazing birthday lunch for Fabio et Maria’s birthdays.

 

auntLouise

Aunt Louise has some great stories to share.

 

bravo

BRAVO for picking up after you pet!

 

vinChaud

Enjoying du vin chaud Chez Missana – a yearly event – the neighbors gather with food and drink.

 

lego

Anthony shows TonTon his very cool Lego creations.

 

pereNoelPainting

Thierry paints a Père Nöel. Joli!

 

magicPotion

Silvia serves the Magic Potion (vin chaud / hot wine).

 

recycle

The Swiss throw very little away. If you look at a Swiss trash bin, it’s divided into compost section (food scraps, which go out back in the compost bin), aluminum, plastic, cardboard. What’s left, which gets thrown out, is very little. Here Mami is demonstrating her handy-dandy plastic bottle-smooshing machine.

 

castle

After our daily parcours session, we checked out the Chateau de Gruyères (castle!)

 

craneStainedGlass

At Gruyères, everywhere you’ll see a crane on a field of red. The story goes, back in the 400s, a duke was passing through the area. That evening, he saw a beautiful crane fly by, in front of a fabulous red sunset. He decided to settle in the area and made the crane, in a field of red sunset, his special crest / flag.

 

castleGardens

The castle gardens.

 

roofTiles

See all of the roof tiles?

 

behindRoofTiles

This is how the are attached! A notch in the back that rests against a piece of wood.

 

thickWalls

Look how thick the walls are! If I lived here, this would be my reading nook.

 

rampart

Posing on “the rampart” – the wall built around the chateau.

 

castleRoom

One of the many rooms inside the chateau.

 

castleView

Views.

 

manyLevels

Many levels.

 

dentDeChamois

The mountain in the background is Dent de Chamois (tooth of the goat).

 

someArmor

Some armor.

 

turret

 

oldBox

A giant box, 1693. Older than my country, no big deal.

 

castleArt

Pietà: wooden sculpture of Christ & Virgin in the chapel / gardens / floor of chateau – all rocks / moss growing on roof tiles.

 

castleArt2

Cool art in the chateau: stone, stained glass, tapestry, painting (the last one is a modern painting from a local artist).

 

goatsAflame

This is a cool story. Gruyères castle was going to be attacked by enemies. The women herded all of their goats inside the castle walls. That night, they tied straw onto the goats’ horns, lit them on fire, and shoed them out. The enemy army fled from “the devil army”!

 

raclette

Raclette! So, you get a big slice of raclette cheese and it sits on a little tray under a heater. It gets all melty and goey and you scrape off the melty top part onto your plate. Then you eat it with pickles, pickled onions, and baby potatoes. YUM!!

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