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  • Day3

    Auf zum Grimselpass!

    September 7, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 4 °C

    Das Furkajoch ist geschafft! Da hab ich mir gedacht ich bin der letzte und fahre und fahre und fahre... Weit und breit niemand von uns zu sehen!

    Tatsächlich war ich aber der erste und hab dann beim Gletscherhotel auf meine Gang gewartet.

  • Day78

    An Interesting Day in Switzerland

    September 19, 2017 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 1 °C

    Where - Still in the Swiss Alps
    Weather - some showers

    From Brienz we drove further east into Switzerland and out was an interesting drive to say the least. In one small village the traffic came to a standstill and nobody was going anywhere for about an hour or so. Being the end of summer, it was time bring the cows down for the winter. The ceremonies, known as Alpabzug, Alpabfahrt or the Desalpe (depending on what part of Switzerland you are in - French, German or perhaps Italian influenced) and the farmers and cowherders often dress up in traditional dress and the cows are decorated with flower garlands and a great big cowbell is strapped around their necks. The bigger the bell is a bit of a status symbol and would possibly indicate a wealthier farmer. They walk the cows down through the village and all traffic stops until it is done. It all seemed a bit strange but it was a spectacle. I think the huge bells are only for the ceremony and I would hope they are removed when they arrive at their winter home as these constantly clanging bells would be very annoying to the cows. In fact, many cows do wear bells while they are up in the mountains (so they can be found when it comes to herding?), because you could always hear cowbells wherever you went.

    After our encounter with the cow parade, we drove through a mountain pass called Furkerstrasse which had an incredible number of twists and turns and hairpin bends we have ever been on. Brad said he enjoyed driving along this road. (Check the photo)

    We stopped beside the road for a bite to eat and would you believe it - there was a Heilan Coo (Highland Cow) that we saw in Scotland but could not get a photo of. Here was one in Switzerland - sporting a large cowbell which I don't think the Scottish highland cows wear bells but we will pretend this is one from Scotland.

    Our Airbnb accommodation had fantastic views and lovely gardens complete with a large fish pond filled with Koi carp. They also had 3 boisterous Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs that would just about knock you over if you were not careful. From Switzerland we will make our way back to Paris.
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  • Day4


    September 30, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Frauenkapellen lag nicht auf der Route. Und weil ich nicht die 10 Kilometer zurück fahren wollte gab's Probleme mit der Navigation. Statt über sie Berge bin ich dann am Thunersee und am Brienzersee entlang gefahren. Anschließend ging es dann in die Berge.

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