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Traipsing, not Hiking, Through Switzerland (Lake Thun, Montreux, and Chur)

Traipsing, not Hiking, Through Switzerland (Lake Thun, Montreux, and Chur)

Nov 13th, 2019, 09:05 AM
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Oh thank you! Especially for all of the photos. I would love to go and hope to do so soon.
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Nov 13th, 2019, 11:21 AM
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And yet ... beautiful photos, S! Frankly, I was afraid you wouldn't exactly fall in love with Chur. It has a more italianate and typical mountain-town (austere?) architecture and I know you prefer the French elegant facades. Also, it can appear a little dark and grey (despite some lovely painted facades).
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Nov 13th, 2019, 04:41 PM
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I love following you on your travels, Swandav and your photos are wonderful!
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Nov 13th, 2019, 11:34 PM
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Swandav, I recall looking at those boxy multi stories from the train and, despite knowing there is a lovely historic core, I couldn’t make Chur a priority. But, your photos really do show the old town’s charm.
I think Ingo describes it well, those buildings seem more austere compared to where you have just been.
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Nov 14th, 2019, 10:34 PM
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Ooooh no! Melnq8, I should have been more attentive to your trip reports and taken notes! I'd love to have had wine soup!

Iwan2go, thank you for your kind words! I hope you do get there soon!

Ingo, ahhh, you do know me! But I am puzzling a bit about the "French elegant facades..." Do you mean like the Haussmann architecture in Paris? But yes I do think the grey stone was one of the things I didn't like.....I do love stone buildings, but (like so many) I guess I am more drawn to golden stone. I guess this is my first exposure to italianate austere... pretty different from Austrian or Swiss or Bavarian mountain towns. I did like Scuol and Guarda and Soglio..... but they were surrounded by majestic landscapes, so maybe that made a difference. Oh, and thank you!

Trophywife007, oh, thank you! Lol, I hope my wanderings are interesting!

Adelaidean, thank you! I wanted to capture its charm, which is undeniable.

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Nov 16th, 2019, 01:20 AM
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S, yes, I meant the Haussmann architecture. I know you adore Paris I think one cannot fall in love with Chur right away. You need to dig deeper. I have read a lot about its history (it is the capital of my favourite Swiss canton, after all, and oldest town in Switzerland ...) and that got me hooked. There are relics of the Romans (in Welschdörfli) that you can see, St. Luzi church has an outstanding circular crypt about 1200 years old, the cathedral has excellent Roman works of art (capitals), then there are the stained-glass Giacometti windows in St. Martin ... not to mention the very interesting museums. And the food, the regional wine
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Nov 18th, 2019, 10:20 PM
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*Churches* of course! Lol! I did actually go inside Martinskirche to see the outline of the Carolingian structure, but I wasn't much impressed. I almost went to see the Roman relics, but it would have meant a walk to the information office at the train station, and then a walk to the Welschdörfli, and I was just not that interested (all the information online had more photos & information about the architect and the building than the Romans).

Ah shoot! Wish I'd realized there was an ancient crypt in St Luzi!! I stood just outside of it!!

Yes, the food was very good -- I enjoyed that!

I am very glad I saw it, and I did enjoy it. But as I think you know, I am particularly drawn to lakeside locations.... and tend to default to those when possible. Chur was an exception, which I was very happy to make!

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