Swiss Spring

ovronnaz view of alps
“The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it.” (Psalm 24:1)

Because I’m currently frying in Manila, I thought it would be fun to post some photos from somewhere cold πŸ˜€

March to May is the season of Spring in Switzerland, but the temperature can still dip to 0 degree Celsius and light snow still falls occasionally in certain parts such as in the village of Ovronnaz, known for its ski resorts and thermal baths.

ovronnaz hike2
Beautiful, no?

While I’m at it, let me just put in here my favorite sights from the French side of Switzerland (I did not have time or resources to go check out the German side):

From Ovronnaz and other parts of Valais:

ovronnaz mountain restaurant
Mountaintop restaurant
ovronnaz mountainside vineyard
A vineyard right up the side of the mountain
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A typical chalet, and tulips that seem just to grow like grass here

All around Lake Geneve:

alps castle lake geneve
Chillion Castle near Montreux
calendar worthy
Calendar-worthy, yes?

Here’s Freddie Mercury in Montreux, where he was said to have found peace and recorded his last album:

freddie mercuryfreddie mercury with landscape

And here’s Charlie Chaplin in Vevey, his final home:

charlie chaplin
With a Nestle facility at the back

Scenes from a couple of parks:

vevey park
See that giant fork at the far right? πŸ™‚
park art lake geneve
Flowers, art and Lake Geneve

And sights from around Geneva:

geneva broken chair
The Broken Chair, right in front of the United Nations office.
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“Originally conceived with the aim of urging nations to ban anti-personnel mines and cluster munitions, Broken Chair is a continuing symbol of the desperate cry of war-torn civilian populations.”
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Jet d’Eau (Water Jet), the city’s most famous landmark, during the day…
geneva fountain
…and at night
geneva reform
Reformation Wall, with the main proponents of Calvinism: William Farel, John Calvin, Theodore Beza, and John Knox. The monument, located in the grounds of the University of Geneva, honors key figures and documents of the Protestant Reformation.

Here’s Geneva on a Saturday morning. Just too crowded! πŸ˜€

I learned that most people leave the city on Friday night to spend the weekend on trips around the country or in other EU destinations. The border to France, for instance, is a mere hour away.

And this one’s for the books: a place where Philippine National Hero Jose Rizal once stayed. Absolutely awesome.

I was also able to visit the annual Morges Tulip Festival, where more than 150,000 bulbs showered the grounds of Parc de l’IndΓ©pendance on the shores of Lake Geneva. Here’s just a sample of the visual feast:

The garden looks out into Geneva Lake, and this is the view from the edge:

morges lake geneve alps

My quick peek into this country (This was a work trip so I had less than 2 free days in total!) was such a gift, as it allowed me to see some of God’s glorious works in nature. It was also refreshing to see so much efficiency in how things are run. And the discipline of the people — I was in awe upon learning that offensive driving is the norm here, as people are expected and trusted to abide strictly by the law. Nobody slows down at sharp curves or hesitates at a corner when they have right-of-way. If you do, you get honked at by the drivers behind you. How unbelievable is that?

Oh, and have I mentioned all the cheese? Definitely a Swiss highlight!

I leave you with this teeny bit of snow, just to cool you down a little πŸ™‚

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13 thoughts on “Swiss Spring

  1. Thank you, Edith! I believe it’s not so much my photography skills or my uber-cheap phone camera(!); it’s just that the place and the things I shot were all so gorgeous that the resulting pictures could only come out gorgeous! πŸ™‚

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