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Sion, Switzerland in photos

We took a day trip to Sion. Even if we ended up getting soaked in the rain, it was so worth it.

Beautiful city with very friendly people.


I have more photos of the city than I can’t fit into one post. So, I hope to get the rest up tomorrow.

Today is my laundry day. Laundry days here are for an entire day and the dryer actually drys clothes. If you remember the old apartment’s dryer took over three hours to dry towels!   We were paying out our noses to wash and dry our clothes there. In this building, we only pay for the electricity that the machines use. It is simple and fair. Oh, and the laundry room is clean here!!!

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  • Frédérique July 17, 2010, 10:06 am

    Hi Pumpkin,

    Nice pictures of Sion, where I was born (altough I never lived in this city, but my mother grew up there). I also love this small city, and “Valère & Tourbillon”. However, I miss “my” lake (lac Léman)…

    Happy to know that your move was successful and that you like your new flat. It seems huge and clear ! The balcony is a real must :o), yes.

    Have a nice summer with your family !

    • Pumpkin July 17, 2010, 6:30 pm

      I wish the “big” camera had been charged but it wasn’t and we could’t find the cable to charge (and still can’t). It is so very beautiful there. Switzerland is just beautiful.

      For the first time since moving here, I really feel at home here in Switzerland. I, honestly, think that Swiss people are the kindest I have ever met. Our old apartment was in every single way a nightmare for me.

    • expatraveler July 19, 2010, 2:38 am

      Frédérique – I couldn’t agree more -I miss Lac Léman too! I lived in Montreux for 16 months!

  • Katie July 18, 2010, 2:52 pm

    Ok, I have to comment on the prices on that cafe menu- those prices are high! I guess im used to seeing different prices in the US. Lol.

    • Pumpkin July 18, 2010, 8:35 pm

      The prices are normal for here. The average salary in the Switzerland (2008) was 5,833 Swiss francs gross per month.

      It still surprises me each time (after three years) to pay 15 Swiss francs for a container of laundry detergent (45 loads). The meat is very high and we try to buy ours on sale as much as possible. Otherwise, we eat alot of pork which I don’t care for too much. Well unless it is bacon. :)

      • Katie July 18, 2010, 11:25 pm

        Interesting. Thank you for explaining. I did the currency converter and that comes to 5,581 US dollars. That is not bad for an average salary.
        I know what you mean about the meat (and other groceries in general). Even here we have to try to be smart shoppers by using coupons and waiting for sales to buy certain stuff.

  • expatraveler July 19, 2010, 2:37 am

    What great photos! They are so charming. There is some great hiking around this area. I fell in love with especially since it was not that far of a drive from Montreux to Sion area. The mountains just put a spell on you too! And I couldn’t agree more with Frederique – I miss my Lac Leman too!!!

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