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Creux du Van walking trail near Ferme Robert

We took off one day to Creux du Van located in the Jura mountains (Canton of Neuchâtel in the Val-de-Travers). We left the car in the parking lot at the Ferme Robert and started walking on a trail that went up on a slight incline. It was slight but after about ten minutes the kids started whining. We continued perhaps another twenty minutes before deciding to head back down to the farm. It was a good move because it started raining about twenty minutes after we arrived at Ferme Robert. Just enough time to drink a coffee and the kids to play.

Ferme Robert.

The trail.

Apparently, it is possible to have a campfire and picnic.

A bear was killed on this spot in 1757.

Up and up, we go.

Butterflies were everywhere.

A black feather with a bright blue edge.

The trails in Creux du Van are well-marked.

The Creux du Van was formed by glaciers and has an amphitheatre shape.

I have more photos to share with you from our visit to this beautiful place.  Tomorrow, we are going to start painting our daughters’ bedroom.

Each day will be a new bedroom until we get to the living room which will take some time to finish.  Afterwards, we will tackle the kitchen.   I will be sure to take pictures of our progress to share with you all here.  The painter will arrive tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. to get us started.  He will show us how we need to protect the floor and exactly how to paint the walls like a pro.

Our apartment will have all clean and white walls afterwards.  It will be beautiful!

I am so tired every single day. This summer is flying by and I can’t seem to keep up with it no matter how hard I try. Only about three more weeks and school starts. All my kids in school. Weird.

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  • expatraveler July 26, 2010, 2:01 am

    Oh the farm is so beautiful! I just love all of the pics you took. It was a treat no matter which way you look at it. So you guys have a car from time to time or do you rent it?

    I think there is a difference between tired and lazy.. You are just hard working and tired. :-)

    • Pumpkin July 26, 2010, 11:31 am

      We have my Father-in-law’s car but found out (as we were passing the border from Switzerland to France to grocery shop) that we don’t have the right as residents of Switzerland to drive a car that isn’t registered in Swiss. :C Luckily, they let us continue shopping in France and told us to just park the car until my Father-in-law comes to get it. I don’t know how many times we have passed the border without ever knowing this! We are sad because we wanted to go to see the fireworks in Neuchâtel for August 1st.

      • expatraveler July 27, 2010, 4:12 am

        that is sad news. :-( Wish there was a way!

  • anne July 26, 2010, 6:48 am

    Looks a wonderful place to walk. Each time I look at your photos, I always think , how lucky your children are to have the opportunity to have this all around them. And how lucky your children are , that they have parents that take them to see all this beauty.

    I agree about the tiredness. Tired because of working hard, take care Anne xox

    • Pumpkin July 26, 2010, 11:34 am

      My kids are lucky. They have already traveled more than I could have dreamed of at their age. It is starting to show in how they speak and their view of the world for which I am happy.

      I haven’t stopped since before we moved and I think it is taking is toll on me. After the apartment is all painted I am taking it easy until school starts.

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