Thursday, June 07, 2007

SWISS COUNTRYSIDE...

VAUD & FRIBOURG - MAY 2005

Following suggestions from some Daily Photo visitors included in the comments to my last post, I'm trying to reduce the size of each post and split the pictures taken in one trip all the way through several posts. I've already done that for example with regard to the 2004 Santiago Chile, Easter Island and French Polynesia trip. But this time I'll try to post fewer pictures on each page. Hope it will work, and the unity of the journey doesn’t get lost... Anyhow, I'll keep the previous layout at Blogtrotter - The 70s & 80s as well as in Blogtrotter Revival - The 90s, which I believe will be an appropriate compromise!

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SUGNENS

I've already mentioned Sugnens on this blog. It is home to our cousins Luisa and Jean-Pierre as well as the location for the Auberge de Sugnens, a very nice restaurant...


"VIEW - Sugnens is a Swiss village located 15 km north of Lausanne and it's said to have 266 inhabitants (End of 2006). 93.6% of the habitants speak French, 3% German and 1.3% Italian. It belongs to the district of Echallens in the Canton of Vaud"


"ESMERALDA IN SUGNENS- The replica of the Chilean Training Ship Esmeralda, the second tallest and longest sailing ship in the world, was bought by Jean-Pierre to its maker on a street of Las Condes, Santiago Chile. The replica looks beautiful but the reputation of the real one is not so nice: Reports describe the ship as a kind of a floating jail-torture chamber for political prisoners of the military regime from 1973 to 1980..."

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YVERDON-LES-BAINS

Yverdon-les-Bains, the seat of the district of Yverdon of the canton of Vaud in Switzerland, is located in the heart of a natural setting formed by the Jura mountains, the plains of the Orbe, the hills of the Broye and the Lake Neuchâtel. It is famous for its thermal springs.


"PESTALOZZI - Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (January 12, 1746 – February 17, 1827) was a Swiss pedagogue and educational reformer who lived in Yverdon from 1805 through 1825. The statue is quite neat to the Temple, a Protestant church (the yellow building on the right) erected in 1757"

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MURTEN/MORAT

Murten (in German; in French, Morat - the town's name is derived from the Celtic word moriduno, meaning «lakeside fortress») is a small medieval town located on the southern shores of Lake Morat (Murtensee), between Berne and Lausanne, and is the capital of the Lake District of the canton of Fribourg. Lake Morat is a smaller lake located in between Lake Biel and Lake Neuchâtel.


"BERNTOR - Murten is one of the best preserved of Switzerland's medieval towns, and is still encircled by its fifteenth-century walls. The main eastern gate is the Berntor, or Porte de Berne, with a distinctive clock face"



"OLD TOWN - Today Murten doesn't offer much to do other than strolling on medieval streets and sipping drinks at cafés with terraces providing wonderful views to the Lake. Murten's Old Town is a three-street affair, full of hotels whose rear terraces afford beautiful views across the lake to the Vully vineyards, bars and eateries... You may see some more photos of Murten at John's blog"

20 comments:

Cuckoo said...

Nice descriptions along with pictures.
Swiss countryside always fascinates me. :)

Aditi said...

beautiful.. the serenity in the pictures is compelling and always so much to learn in your narratives.

Peter said...

I think you have now reached a very good compromise regarding the length. In any case I always take a great pleasure reading you. I'm so happy when there is also something to learn from a picture and that is always possible with your "reportages"!

Good that today is Public Holiday for you! That gives you some time to offer us something without having to wait for the weekend!

Shionge said...

Greetings dear pal :) Thank you for swinging by to visit me today I truly appreciate that.

YOu have a fantastic blog here too....I've travelled to Europe so many times that every visit has been fascinating.

I'm glad to walk down memory lane and visit new places through your blog :D

Ash said...

Beautiful images and narrative. Its a treat to visit your blog!!

lyliane said...

Je commence à commenter sur Madère, où j'ai passé une semaine de rêve. Ca se construit beaucoup et Funchal s'étend en largeur. Je n'ai pas beaucoup de temps pour fignoler mon blog,(pourtant je suis en retraite!) en plus je commence à le pratiquer et je ne suis pas très experte.
Je vous envie de pouvoir faire tous ces voyages, vous êtes un vrai "découvreur" Portugais!

alice said...

All these places look very attractive. Many Swiss from the Canton of Vaud in Brittany...
Merci de tes visites sur mon blog, tes commentaires sont toujours appréciés!

GMG said...

Cuckoo, Aditi,
Thanks for your visit, and comments;

Peter,
Hope this works now, and doesn't take too much time to regular visitors and commentators... I'll keep the lengthier ones for the Revivals 70s, 80s, 90s!
I'll try to post some more during this «ponte» - 7th, 10th (dommage, c'est dimanche) and 13th June this year are holidays in Lisbon, but there are also some birthdays in the family: 8, 11 and 14th. What a June...

Shionge,
Thanks for your kind words. I've been several times in Singapore, the first in 1992 the last in 2005.
It was quite nice discovering your blog; enjoyed pretty much your posts!

Ash
Love your word conciseness as much as your pictures!

Lyliane,
Merci de votre visite et commentaire. J’attends attentivement la «descoberta» de ma Madère...

Alice,
Merci aussi de ta visite et commentaire. J'apprends à connaitre la Bretagne sur ton blog!

lv2scpbk said...

I really like the view on your first photo. Wonderful photos and I really enjoy reading about these places. I like the replica of that boat photo also.

niki sato said...

that is a very handsome pic of yours!!

Trotter said...

Lv2,
Thanks. Hope the new format fits your suggestion!

Niki,
that was very kind of you!!

Lara said...

hello, and thanks for visiting my page! i am glad i came over here for a visit too, as you have really nice photos&stories! best wishes, Lara@Laras Welt

CaBaCuRl said...

Switzerland is a very beautiful country. I was lucky enough to spend several weeks there a few years ago.

Trotter said...

Lara,
thanks for your visit and comment.

Cabacurl,
you're quite right: Switzerland is wonderful and everything is prepared to show its beauty!

Anonymous said...

From Sugnens, a great thanks to Gil and all it's blog, we travel, dream and learn so much! Sugnens it is realy a fantastic place to live, nice people, nice activities and quiet!
please visit www.sugnens.ch
Luisa

Trotter said...

Olá Luísa,
finalmente um comentário vindo de Sugnens! Já quase desesperávamos...

Love that quiet Sugnens, just a few miles from Lausanne, Yverdon-les-Bains or Montreux, now that the Jazz Festival is approaching...
Thanks Luísa!

Sigma said...

Lovely pictures and very interesting narration. Looks like a real nice place to be in, when you dont want to do anything but laze about ;-)

trotter said...

Sigma,
you're quite right. In Switzerland, just laze about...

Anonymous said...

What's your name ?

Trotter said...

Anonymous,
anonymous will do...
Trotter!