|Tree at the ISL last evening. They are also celebrating 50 yrs. of being a school here in Lausanne.|
|Coming back from the school and in front of the train station|
|Icicles in lights at the train station in Lausanne, Capital of the Olympics|
Train station in Visp which is the point to change trains to go UP the mountains. I had just been on a train for 3 hrs. from Lausanne. I was also very fortunate that Christopher ‘s teacher friend offered her ticket for that day so I was able to travel the whole day on it. Much grateful.
Zermatt’s Village Christmas Tree in the process of decoration. If you look to the right of the tree, there is the infamous Matterhorn. There are photos, paintings, sculptures, drawings, etc. of this famous place.
In another couple of weeks this place will be covered in white stuff. Meanwhile, the mountains were a little short of snow this time of year, but it certainly was cold.
On the way back down the alps – photos while moving. The dark areas get sun maybe 2-3 hrs. a day because the mountains block it.
The following photos are not good. They are my throwaways. But being from New England, I don’t throw ANYTHING away. I’m a collector. So here are my very bad photos that hopefully are saved by their totally unrelated titles. You can skip all this by the way. It was just a fun thing for me to do.
So I discovered this random title selector that was suggested by another photographer who also has problems ‘naming’ his photos. And these are the photos and their titles that are now designated to these particular (bad) shots because I only wanted to name these bad ones…
The titles you see in black were written after the photos were placed. The gray lettering is actually on the photo itself and is my signature plate
|GUARDIAN IN THE PAST|
|THE HEART OF ILLUSION|
|THE BOYFRIEND’S LEGACY
(had a lot of comments on this one)
|THE FAIRY’S TEACHER|
| RAGGED ACADEMY
THese little dolls were in a flea market in Lausanne. They were haphazardly thrown into this box. Do you recognize any of them?
| SILKEN DESTINY
Colored hair is really in here for the younger set. Old people (those over 40) do not do this kind of thing.
|THE WHISPERING WORDS
Very sad to see grafitti like this in such a pretty town. Some of it is well done however. I did take other photos of “good” grafitti.
Looks like a booboo town – but it is pronounced OOO-SHEE. And it is very popular with the tourist set, particularly those who like to spend their time on the Switzerland Rivieras of Montreux and Ouchy. These are just a few pics from my visit yesterday which was a beautiful day to just travel about near the water. Mountains still a bit fuzzy, but eventually they do clear.
Be sure to go back to the older posts to see more of my travels here. These below are not my best photos but they do document yesterday’s adventure to Ouchy. I also took the metro north to Croisettes just for the ride and to see what was there. It was cute town but didn’t explore it much as it was late in the afternoon and the trains get very crowded on the way home. And on Friday it seems that everyone has a suitcase and is escaping to somewhere in the Alps. Not bad, eh?
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|Lunch at a little place on the lake – had crepes Basquaise with vegies and good stuff.
And a glass of wine to wash it down. LOL
|It was actually quite cool (cold to me) but a great afternoon to just enjoy|
|So many swans here – beasty little birds.|
|Sunrise this morning over the mountains. This scene lasts all of one minute and if you don’t get it then, you don’t get it. As the day goes on the mountains are shrouded in clouds. I hear that the only way to get clear weather is to go to the tops of the mountains. I will settle for cloudy right now.|
OK, so click on this link to see some great kitty cartoons. If you have ever owned a cat or the cat has owned you…you will understand these videos. Very cute….
Finally made it to Chillon Castle via local train that stopped at every burg along the way. The castle is fairly big, made of stone, and impenetrable during its heyday (we’re talking the 12th century) and it’s dusty. And it’s cold. How did they ever run around in this castle when it was COLD?? There were fireplaces and some makeshift stoves as well as four poster beds with curtains all around it to keep in the warmth.
Can’t leave well enough alone, so here are some shots that I just had to play with.
|Chillon Gare Black and White. This is the station one gets off at when going to the castle. It is a five minute walk along beautiful Lake Lèman (Lake Geneva) and you can see France from its shores.|
|But then…I saw this image that looked so much like an Edward Hopper…Same place, same shot. and just had to play some more – except all I did was crop it. The rest was all in camera.|
|So the signage said THIS WAY to Chillon castle. It meant walking under the tracks via a tunnel, stairs on the right in this photo, and finding a wonderful path leading to the castle.|
|So autumn – a great path for bicycles|
|And there in the forest, next to the lake, was the magnificent castle that Lord Byron at one time, wrote some of his famous poetry and literature. Funny thing though, I didn^t see ANYTHING referencing him. All I saw was stuff on witchcraft, which was the exhibition for the season of Halloween I think. Rather depressing too I might add. The castle was built around 1200 I think.
It was a beautiful autumn day.
|It was gray some of the day, but it did finally break in the afternoon. That is France on the other side of the lake.|
We are looking to the North from the castle, across the lake to France.
|Inside the castle keep – lot of gothic arches. Those are the ones with the pointy tops.|
Hard to see the pointy top but it’s there.
|Arrowloops – one could shoot through these holes and not worry about getting killed by an incoming arrow. Sort of.|
|The size of the people show an idea of what the dimensions were of the castle itself.|
This is the ground floor and the entrance to the main part of the castle itself. Many stairs and doorways, very little, very narrow. These people must have been very small in stature.
|Beautiful frescoes, done in the 1300’s on the ceiling. Amazing.|
|So mirror mirror on the wall….I AM the fairest of them all. Sort of. I do have the blond hair.|
The Fairest of them All was also getting cold. Hard adjustment. Wearing the coat I bought (made in Germany). Nice and warm with the requisite scarf from H&M at IKEA. Bought the green bag in Venice.
|Part of the moat that really wasn’t a moat at all. Moats go all around the castle and this one was like an inlet, or a catch all for refuse and other wonderful unmentionable things. At one time it WAS a moat though. The castle was built on rock, quite high. It was well fortified and just the fact that it is still standing attests to its strength and durability. Wouldn’t want to live here. It was a pretty picture though…|
|This was supposed to be the last photo in this series, but the blog thing insists it goes HERE. This is Montreux, the village that is right before Chillon.|
|A stencil done in fresco style. Thought of my daughter in law, Michele who has artwork similar to this
in the house in NJ.
|This one has my name on it….so THIS is how they kept warm…a little vin from the cellar. And what a cellar! The wine is still made here and as you can see, the barrels look fairly new. Swiss wine not too bad, but French wine much better.|
|This is an HDR photo meaning it is enhanced with detail and color. It is taken on the inside of the castle.|
|Beautiful texture with the stones. A Roman arch on the left and a gothic arch on the right.|
|Painted as fresoes around the 1500’s when calligraphy was the in thing to do. Even on walls. And if you spoke Latin, you were IN.|
|No significance except that I liked the colors on the shingles.
(note to self: when you do touristy things, bring someone with you who will take the photos that everyone likes to see. Photographers are all ADHD anyway. We can’t just focus on one thing for one second because there are SO MANY things to SEE and photograph!)
Chillon Castle was interesting and historically important from the time it was constructed in the 1200’s. During the Middle Ages this kind of ‘house’ was for the Kings, Queens, Dukes and EArls. They were designed to protect the land that the grapes and other things grew on here. So the Duke had a big job when he agreed to be man of the castle. The King lived in another castle farther away and would come visit occasionally. It was time for feasts and parties, the castle was ‘cleaned up’ – I assume that menat that the old chicken bones and other debris was thrown out the window (how convenient).
|trumpet flowers at the end of the season. They actually grow upside down and was once told that if you picked the flowers and steeped them in boiling water you would have a wonderful “drink.” I also heard that the drink was not exactly tea.
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