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Charmey, Switzerland is full of charm

Charmey is a commune in La Gruyère located in the pre-alps of Switzerland. I felt like I had stepped right into a Swiss storybook. Everything about this area is typically Swiss.

We enjoyed our day there and are planning on going back this summer to sleep in a barn. It isn’t free but it is much cheaper when you have four children with you than a hotel. Besides, I think it will be a memorable time for our children. So, I hope to share more photos of Charmey with you this summer as we rough it on our first family vacation in Switzerland.

On the MySwitzerland.com I found more information on famous events Charmey hosts:

  • International Triennal of Paper Art – celebrating all aspects of creativity with paper (June).
  • Festival of Swiss wrestling in Charmey – competition for national stars of Swiss wrestling and a heritage festival (July).
  • Open-air cinema on the Vounetse – combination of panoramic views and cinematic delights (August).
  • Procession of cows down from the mountains, and craft market in Charmey – big festival with lots of regional traditions (September).
  • Traditional hay-cart racing – original-style hay-carts compete, with prizes also for their artistic design (October).

Below are the photos from Sunday. We took the train to Bulle (will make post tommorrow) and the bus to Charmey.

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Charmey is charming in every way that you can imagine. It is hard to escape the magnificent views that surround Charmey.

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I adore the Swiss Alpine homes that were everywhere.

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There were paragliders soring down from the top of the mountain one after another. It looked like a great adventure but you will never catch me doing it!

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This home had beautiful detailing in the wood that isn’t shown in this photo. It is a dream house.

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This is the cable car (funicular) station. We checked out the prices but since there was fog at the top of the mountain we passed. It wasn’t cheap to go up even if the children were free. Kids under six do not pay. It would have been around 70 Swiss francs for Vilay and I. One day we will go up but not anytime soon!

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The candy machine gave out frozen bars just like I used to buy at the swimming pool as a girl. We didn’t buy any much to the disappointment of the children but they had already eaten an ice cream in Bulle.

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The view was like this at all times.

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Two cable cars passing each other. We walked right underneath the line and I had to carry my son because he couldn’t walk for watching the cable cars.

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Vilay on the path we took. It was lush with greenery and flowers. By the way, my husband had his birthday, yesterday. We are the same age for the next month and a half until I turn a year old. He likes to tease me that I am his older woman and during this time I tease him that we are the same age. :)

Happy Birthday, my love!

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The view down to the cable car station and Charmey.

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The cable cars pass right in between these homes.

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A shot of the path we walked on after going under the cable cars.

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Another shot of the cable cars and a paraglider. I think they are crazy to paraglide right over the funicular lines!

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A farmer left these containers of milk in water. There was running water from a spout to help the milk stay cool.

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On top of the world.

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A chapel we found that was about three hundred years old.

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Inside the chapel.

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I love these old chapels with these alters. It is romantic and echos a time not so long ago.

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A door that leads back into the present.

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The lock on the door fascinated me. I ran my fingers along the metal dreaming of the time when it was new.

To see all my photos of Charmey on Flickr click here.

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  • expatraveler June 5, 2008, 4:45 pm

    These are such charming photos. I absolutely adore some of the textures of the chalets. It reminds me of an area just above Montreux actually, but it seems there are more things to see here. Or possibly I just haven’t explored enough. ;-)

  • sissi June 5, 2008, 6:32 pm

    oh my gosh I wanna go!
    Like I wrote on your hubby’s blog ( BTW Happy Birthay to him), I have put Charmey on my list of places to visit. You two are my best travel advisers!
    Two of my children have “gastro” so we can’t go anywhere.

  • Mad William June 5, 2008, 8:02 pm

    Fabulous!
    You take some of the best photos. It really makes me miss traveling.

    Paragliding is a lot of fun BTW.

  • Pumpkin June 6, 2008, 6:57 pm

    Expatraveler,
    The chalets are beautiful. I would love to live there in one!

    Sissi,
    My kids get gastro at least every six months! So, I understand what you are going through. It is tiring cleaning up and dealing with sick kids. I know the rain hasn’t helped. Sunday is going to be nice! Saturday…maybe. :)

    Mad William,
    I am a little afraid of hights but it did look like a lot of fun. Maybe, one day I will make myself face my fears about paragliding. :)

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