Thursday, 11 October 2007

St-Cergue - desalpe

A couple of weekends ago now, we decided it was time we do a bit of exploring around Nyon. We timed it well as that weekend was when the cows would be brought down from the alps for winter. The event is called desalpe and occurs in above Nyon in St-Cergue late in September (very well observed by Linda, since otherwise it would have passed us by without our knowledge or attendance).

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So we hopped on the little train that runs up the hill behind Nyon (easy to think of it as a hill, but it actually ends up in the Jura, France) with a fantastic view of the lake below us, and the mountains in France beyond that.

On arriving we caught the tail end of a herd of cattle clomping and clanging their way down the street. We ran to catch a look but needn't have bothered as the cattle do a few laps of the town before wandering off to their winter grazing pastures.

This was a great event for us to catch as we have been in Switzerland a couple of months now but haven't had time to really get much of a feeling of the Swissness of the place. Here we had all the cliches of Switzerland in once place: yodeling, horns, alpine cows with bells around their necks, silly traditional outfits, smelly cheese. You name it.


Benjamin H said...

Is that a huge (smelly) cheese on that guy's head? Its all very Heidi...But it all looks beautiful and as if you're having a great time.

Happy Birthday for next week. I'll try and call you on the mobile as well.


Mark said...

Yep, that's cheese.. not sure if it is real cheese or just a model to please the crowds, however.

Mnementh said...

Go the cows with cowbells! Tops stuff.
And Happy Birthday too!! Have a great one xg

PEACHES said...

Hey Mark!
Was hunting for photos of cows on parade and stumbled into your blog. oodles of fun and gorgeous photos in here :)

What adventures you have...Gah, I am so jealous!

Listen, wonder if you would mind if I featured a couple of your desalpes photos in a post? Name credit and link back included, of course. I just love your stuff...let me know if it's a problem by you. Thanks Mark!

Mark said...

Sure go ahead, you'll find them all here: