Saturday, October 23, 2010

Autumn in Switzerland

We had to unpack our box of winter clothes this week as the temperatures plummeted and the sun disappeared behind the thick layer of fog that never seems to leave.

And then this past Thursday, the sun broke through and we had a wonderful day. One that makes me happy to live in such a beautiful place. Jack and I grabbed our cameras and headed out to take pictures:

We decided to take a drive over the other side of Lake Neuchatel and visit the castle of Valangin. Here are some photos we took on our drive.

This is a farm near our house that sells potatoes and vegetables

But now they are also selling hundreds of different kind of pumpkins and squash. I'm not sure if pumpkin carving is common here, but I know people love to cook pumpkins...and not just the canned stuff (which they don't even sell here), but whole, straight off the farm pumpkins cooked in soups, stews, etc. It's wonderful!

The entrance to the castle of Valangin

Walking up to the castle
Empty fountain
Looking at the city from the castle gates

We saw our first patch of snow
Running through the streets trying to keep warm

It was absolutely freezing at the castle so we didn't last more than 20 minutes before we had to get back in the warm car. We are planning to head back there for a Halloween party this weekend, but this time we will dress much warmer!

Here are some photos from our drive home:

Since we live in the middle of nowhere, I have to drive 20 minutes or so to get anywhere (grocery store, post office, etc). But I can't complain because it is a beautiful drive.
Here is one of several "self-pick" farms we pass daily. This one is where Jack and I go to pick our flowers.
The canal that links Lake Neuchatel to Lake Morat. In the summer you see kids jumping off this bridge in to the water below. I haven't tried it yet, but maybe next summer....
This is a little town just down the hill from where we live. Jack's friend Emily lives near the clock tower here, but Jack thinks she lives in the clock tower, and every time he sees any clock tower now he says "that's where Emily lives!"
Our village playground. It has a great view of the lake in the distance. Jack and I have play here a few times but I have NEVER seen any other children at this playground
Usually several cows are laying under this tree and Jack always has to moo at them when we pass
Driving to the middle of nowhere
Finally see our village! Lake Morat is in the distance
Here are the sheep that live in our backyard. At the top of this hill we usually have cows as well but they weren't out this day.

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