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// JUNE 2007
Up and down the passages…
Munich
Vaduz
Lucerne
Fribourg
Grenoble
Little Saint Bernard Pass
Leissigen
Leissigen
Zermatt
Andermatt
Chur
Innsbruck
Munich
Am see Haldensee
Feldkirch
Appenzell
Saint Gallen
Maienfeld
Walenstadt
Klausenpass
Murten
Saint-Ursanne
Payerne
Avenches
Jaunpass
Gstaad
Col du Pillon
Col de la Croix
Chamonix
Megève
Albertville
Pont-en-Royans
Col de Rousset
Die
Col du Lautaret
Modane
Bourg-Saint-Maurice
Aosta
Grand St. Bernard Pass
Bourg-Saint-Pierre
Verbier
Goppenstein
Kandersteg
Thun
Lauterbrunnen
Trümmelbach
Bern
Oberhofen
Lake Brienz
Susten Pass
Grimsel Pass
Ulrichen
Nufenen Pass
Saas Fee
Täsch
Täsch
Brig
Simplon Pass
Domodossola
Santa Maria Maggiore
Ascona
Locarno
Lavertezzo
Bellinzona
Gotthard Pass
Göschenen
Oberalp Pass
Splügen
Chiavenna
Maloja Pass
Julier Pass
Bernina Pass
Lago di Poschiavo
Tirano
Bormio
Bressanone
Brunico
Grossglockner
Fusch
Zell am See

Friburg


22nd of June 2007
Cherries, apricots…parade…wine…Castles!!!


The Swiss didn’t offer us any breakfast, so we bought cherries and apricots and stopped at some point, during our course, where there was drinkable water. We washed our fruits and ate them, having a breakfast that any nutritionist would approve of. We continued towards Murten a medieval, fortified town, at the south shores of the Lake Morat. We arrived, expecting to find the peaceful atmosphere and the mild climate, which gives it a Mediterranean touch, as our tourist guidebook was mentioning.

But…it wasn’t the case!

The place was noisy and packed by crowds that were coming from everywhere.
We were so lucky, really!!!
We had found ourselves at a medieval festival…





All the local traditions and customs were reviving. Parades, playing bands, flag decorations, competitions of archery, I don’t’ even know what to remember first! We got carried away too by the thrill and the excitement of the participants and we were all over the place, trying to see and to capture everything. And it was at that point, as usual, that the demon of the wannabe reporter woke up inside me. I will just say one thing: “memory full”. After all that, completely exhausted, we stopped for a coffee, so as to gather up our strength..

We left the festival behind us and continued our scheduled course towards Jura and Delemont. Just before arriving at St-Ursanne we had our picnic. I am not trying to offer any excuses, but the place was very beautiful, contributing to our very healthy appetite, and the wines we had bought, so far, had somehow to be consumed.

We arrived at St-Ursanne yet one more medieval city by the river Doubs. Threatening, dark clouds were gathering in the sky and the already very high water level of the river felt even more threatening to us. We were literally frightened that if a storm was about to brake and all that water, carried by the clouds above, was going to fall upon our heads, we would be definitely trapped.



But, we are “weatherproof”, it seems. We put on our raincoats, we crossed the bridge and we admired the medieval buildings, all constructed in between the 14nth and the 16nth century, the narrow little roads and a magnificent Roman-Gothic church. At the north part of the city, we could see the ruins of a castle too.  The bridge with the four arches, at the Dubs River, built in 1728, was offering an amazing view to the medieval town and it was provoking a strange feeling of attraction inside us. We managed to pull through the rain and the trapping that would follow it and carried on towards Payerne with its imposing medieval centre and the outstanding Abbey, built in the 11th century, which is the most significant sample of Romantic Rhythm in Switzerland. A real jewel of the Cluniac Archetecture.





After having listened to many “clicks” of our cameras, we continued towards Avenches the Roman Capitol, with its Roman amphitheater. Eventually, we arrived at Fribourg, which is one of the most well preserved cities in Switzerland. Its old city is seated on a small rocky hill, overlooking the valley of Sarine.



 

Our hotel, the Best Western Hotel de la Rose was at the upper part of the city, very near the Cathedral. We visited of course, the southern part of the city too, where from we enjoyed the magical view of Fribourg at two levels, with its Gothic towers and its medieval walls, while drinking beers at the Au Tirlibaum.

 

 

Country: Germany
Date: 2007
Route: Alps
Cities: Munich, Vaduz, Lucerne, Fribourg, Grenoble, Little Saint Bernard Pass, Leissigen, Leissigen, Zermatt, Andermatt, Chur, Innsbruck, Munich
Duration: 12
Cost:
Population: 80.682.000
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Country: Germany
Date: 2007
Route: Alps
Cities: Munich, Vaduz, Lucerne, Fribourg, Grenoble, Little Saint Bernard Pass, Leissigen, Leissigen, Zermatt, Andermatt, Chur, Innsbruck, Munich
Duration: 12
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Population: 80.682.000
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Country: Germany
Date: 2007
Route: Alps
Cities: Munich, Vaduz, Lucerne, Fribourg, Grenoble, Little Saint Bernard Pass, Leissigen, Leissigen, Zermatt, Andermatt, Chur, Innsbruck, Munich
Duration: 12 days
Cost:
Population: 80.682.000
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