Saturday, February 25, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

The Dungeon

Chillon Castle, Switzerland

Lake Leman lies by Chillon's walls: 
A thousand feet in depth below 
Its massy waters meet and flow; 
Thus much the fathom-line was sent 
From Chillon's snow-white battlement, 
Which round about the wave inthralls: 
A double dungeon wall and wave 
Have made—and like a living grave 
Below the surface of the lake 
The dark vault lies wherein we lay: 
We heard it ripple night and day; 
Sounding o'er our heads it knock'd; 
And I have felt the winter's spray 
Wash through the bars when winds were high 
And wanton in the happy sky; 
And then the very rock hath rock'd, 
And I have felt it shake, unshock'd, 
Because I could have smiled to see 
The death that would have set me free.
~ Lord Byron

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Chillon Castle

Chillon Castle (French: Château de Chillon) is an island castle located on Lake Geneva (Lac Léman), south of Veytaux in the canton of Vaud. It is situated at the eastern end of the lake, on the narrow shore between Montreux and Villeneuve, which gives access to the Alpine valley of the Rhone. Chillon is amongst the most visited castles in Switzerland and Europe. It is also known to be the inspiration behind the castle in The Little Mermaid movie.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Caught a bus one day from were I was staying in Villars and traveled to Chillon Castle, passing these magnificent mountains along the way.

Monday, February 20, 2017



Crazy! Stayed a couple of nights at the Eurotel Victoria. The first day there was no snow on the ground at all. The next morning I awoke to this scene (below), and this was in late May. Well, I guess it wasn't that crazy; after all, this is alpine country.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Aiglon College

Aiglon College is a private co-educational boarding school in Switzerland broadly modelled on British boarding school lines. It is an independent, non-profit school located in the Swiss Alps.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Friday, February 17, 2017

Villars Church

The Anglican Church was established in Villars in 1883. The Chapel was the property of the Commonwealth & Continental Church Society for over a century and was then bought by Aiglon College in 1996. Villars is home to a large population of English-speakers due in part to students at international schools and tourists. So the Aiglon College Chapel offers a service in English to satisfy and meet local demand.

Thursday, February 16, 2017


"The Matterhorn. . . is a mountain of the Alps, straddling the main watershed and border between Switzerland and Italy. It is a huge and near-symmetrical pyramidal peak in the extended Monte Rosa area of the Pennine Alps, whose summit is 4,478 metres (14,692 ft) high, making it one of the highest summits in the Alps and Europe. The four steep faces, rising above the surrounding glaciers, face the four compass points and are split by the Hörnli, Furggen, Leone and Zmutt ridges. The mountain overlooks the Swiss town of Zermatt in the canton of Valais to the north-east and the Italian town of Breuil-Cervinia in the Aosta Valley to the south. Just east of the Matterhorn is Theodul Pass, the main passage between the two valleys on its north and south sides and a trade route since the Roman Era.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Home Again

Caught this herd as they were coming home.

Evidently they didn't read the sign. Or maybe this really was the end of the road for them. :-)

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Arts & Crafts

In addition to the stained glass windows, the church in Gstaad had these most beautifully crafted medallions in the ceiling.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Stained Glass

St. Niklauskapelle
Gstaad, Switzerland

The St. Nicholas chapel was built in the village in 1402.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Castle Church & Monastery

"The first mention of Interlaken’s Augustinian monastery in an official document dates back to 1133. After the Reformation c. 1525, ownership of the entire monastery complex was transferred to the state of Bern, and the monastery was converted into a hospital. Religious services were held only as of 1841. 

The bell tower of the former monastery church dates from the early 14th century. The Gothic cloister gallery in the former monastery courtyard with its chapel dating from 1452 are well worth seeing.