|Swiss dream house.|
|Helvitica on the 2 Franc coin.|
Continuing on my Swiss holiday, but I need to mention a few thoughts on this lovely little country. First thing is, if you haven't noticed already is that I have changed the font to 'Helvetica,' in honour of my time here. If you thought that was just a font, you're sadly wrong! Helvetica is the female national personification of Switzerland, officially The Swiss Confederation - she is The Goddess Helvetia or Helvetica, and appears on the national currency. She is shown on the coins wearing flowing robes, holding a large spear and shield emblazoned with the Swiss cross, and her hair in a wreath. The name comes from the Gaulish tribe that lived in the area before the Roman conquest. I also have to add that no Swiss person I asked could tell me who she was... Enough of the history lesson - here are a few things that took me just days to realise about this country:
|The mountains of Switzerland.|
- Church bells are always ringing. Somewhere. If it's not a church, it's a cowbell.
- The inside of churches are deadly silent - Church is not a place for kids or talking. Ssh!
- The only noise you'll hear in a church is the organist playing. There is often one playing, but by a real person who is sitting up there playing for anybody and nobody.
- Everyone puts their names on their letterboxes and doorbells. Normally the only name you get on your doorbell in Australia is 'Friedland' (a brand of doorbell).
- Mountains are everywhere - you can play the game of closing your eyes, opening them at anytime and if you don't see a mountain, you win. Good luck!
- People work a lot here - maybe because it's so expensive. You walk around a town or city during the day and it's mainly people going to and from work - Spain on the other hand, people never seem to be working, just sitting around eating and drinking all day.
- The beds are the warmest and most comfortable in the World, including backpackers beds. The showers are also set to the perfect temperature and run at this temp within 2 seconds and stay that way. Pure bliss!
- There is always a clock nearby - you always know the time in Switzerland. They do love their timepieces here!
|Mountains Gandalf, mountains!|
|Ah! Watch your step!|
|Chairlift to the top of Pizol.|
|Where do you want to go?|
|Our lunch time view.|
|Looking up in awe.|
|St Christopher on the church in Zillis.|
|The 153 wooden panels on the ceiling of St Martin's Church in Zillis.|
|View from Heidihaus.|
|Maienfeld and Heidi's mountains.|
|A wonderful spot for just sitting and looking at the mountains.|
|The real Heidi!|
|Church in Maienfeld.|
|Beautiful Switzerland - Hopp Schwiiz!|