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Altdorf, Switzerland and William Tell

This past weekend was a sort of Swiss history and culture pilgrimage for our family.

It has, also, been a kind of awakening for me.

I am starting to understand what it really means to be Swiss.

I am beginning to get what Switzerland is all about underneath the surface of chocolate and gold bars.

Yesterday, we spent the entire day on the train from our village in the Jura to Alfdorf, Switzerland.

Why did we want to go to Alfdorf considering the ungodly number of times we had to switch trains?

Easy.

We wanted to see the city where William Tell is said to have shot the apple from his son’s head. As a girl, I loved this story.

Yesterday that story came a little closer to life.

For me, it was the equivalent of seeing the spot where George Washington was said to have cut down the cherry tree.

It was important for us to see this part of Switzerland that is truly at the heart of all that Switzerland came from and is today.

It is where the Old Swiss Confederacy began.

We made a long voyage by train to see Primitive Switzerland.


Statue of William Tell

William Tell statue.

Altdorf, Switzerland
It rained most of the time we were in Altdorf and it wasn’t easy to take photos.

Altdorf, Switzerland
We had to buy three umbrellas so that everyone would stay somewhat dry.

Altdorf, Switzerland
The mountains were so beautiful with the fog.

Altdorf, Switzerland

Altdorf, Switzerland

Altdorf, Switzerland

Altdorf, Switzerland

Altdorf, Switzerland

Altdorf, Switzerland

Altdorf, Switzerland

Altdorf, Switzerland

Altdorf, Switzerland

Altdorf, Switzerland

Altdorf, Switzerland

Altdorf, Switzerland and William Tell statue

Altdorf, Switzerland
My youngest daughter being a clown. She put on two hats to amuse her little brother while we waited for a bus to take us to the train station in Flüelen.

Altdorf, Switzerland
In this tearoom where Vilay and I had a coffee while the children had hot chocolate to warm us up after walking in the chilly rain. Vilay and I tried a plum tart that was just divine. I have got to find a recipe for it!

Altdorf, Switzerland

Altdorf, Switzerland and Swiss humor

Altdorf, Switzerland

I am busy getting ready for my In-laws to come tomorrow. They will spend one night with us and then we will all return to Strasbourg, France together. We are planning to stay a couple weeks with my In-laws and I will try to post from Strasbourg as I can.

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  • expatraveler August 3, 2009, 8:17 pm

    The village is so beautiful. I have been here also and loved there area. Unfortunately I never took photos back in 2003 of the area. I also liked Fluelen which is not too far from Brunnen the city I knew very well.

    Hope you have a wonderful time in Strassbourg. Although you might not have thought your photos were so special and I loved them, even in the rain! :)

  • The Cowgirl August 4, 2009, 6:53 am

    Lovely photos. So that’s where William Tell shot the apple? So cool!

  • anne August 4, 2009, 3:43 pm

    What a great trip Pumpkin, so fantastic for the children (and you too) to see such wonderful places.

    Your photos are really great, considering the rain, I love the mountain of trees, especially but they all good!

    Strasbourg, France too!!! How lucky are you :-)

  • class factotum August 12, 2009, 12:31 am

    What gorgeous photos! You are awakening my travel lust.

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