There are countries you can always count on. Countries that never let you down. Countries that make you walk on cloud nine. Literally.
Switzerland is one of them.
Jagged, proud mountain peaks as cathedrals of humility where human beings realize their smallness and settle in the eternal peace of their essential selves. All else is a surrogate, a delusion. The climb, the muscles burning, nails screeching on stone, the thirst. That’s all that matters. The cutting winds, the cold.
And then an evening in front of the fireplace in a pretty chalet or the generous, balmy afternoons around Lake Geneva.
The beauty, the calmness of a steady pace, the cleanliness. Marmots squeaking and ibex prancing at 2500 m above sea level.
The post bus worming its way on narrow ribbons of asphalt facing the abyss, sounding its horn before a hairpin curve.
Rain and drizzle and searing sun in August.
Switzerland. Expensive with good reason and worth every “centime“.
Typical chalet in Grimentz, Val d’Anniviers, Valais
Keeping those skis ready – Grimentz, Valais
“Downtown” Grimentz, VS
Sorebois Cablecar – Val d’Anniviers (VS)
Cloudy and damp August afternoon – Alpage de Moiry, Val d’Anniviers (VS)
Lake Geneva (Leman) with lush gardens at Montreux (VD)
Montreux, home to perfect lawns and finest hotels, at sunset – VD
Lausanne (VD), home of the Olympic Museum (and the Olympic flame!)
United Nations HQ in Geneva, Switzerland (GE)
Place des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
Typical Alpine village in Switzerland
Moiry Glacier, Grimentz, Valais
Artsy shot of Moiry lodge perched on a cliff, Valais
Steep slopes kissing, Valais
Look at all that rock and ice!
Quiet bold climbers on ice, Moiry Glacier – Valais
Humbling, overpowering greatness – Moriy Glacier, VS
Jumble boutique with kind owner in St. Luc, VS
Flowerpots, St. Luc (VS)
Breathtaking view of Matterhorn (Mt. Cervin – 4478 m) and Hotel Weisshorn (above St. Luc, VS)
Not far from Matterhorn – possibly Weißhorn or Obergabelhorn more than 4,000 m high – view from Tignousa (VS)
Along the planets trek (Sentier des Planetes) – Touno (VS)
Glorious morning on Moiry dam (VS)
Moiry dam above Grimentz (VS)
Bikers training for the Grand Raid – Moiry dam (VS)
Moiry dam (VS) with typical alpine flora
Roughness in stone (VS)
After the Simplon pass on the road to Italy. Au revoir, Suisse! Bis bald!
Copyright photography: Andreea Sepi 2015.
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