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St. Imier, Switzerland

St. Imier was founded in 600. In 1832, Longines Watch Co. was created in St. Imier. The Longines factory is still there. Below is a video made by Longines Watch Co. The video not only shows the watch factory but the beauty of St. Imier and around. It isn’t too long if you want to watch it. It really is a nice video with images that show you why I love living here.

My photos of St. Imier and commentary after the video.

After a beautiful train ride and then an equally nice bus ride, we arrived in St. Imier. We picked up the antibiotics for my son and then spent the rest of the day exploring St. Imier and Mont-Soleil before returning home tired but happy.

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I think this building was a church because of the windows. It is sad to see it in such bad shape no matter what it was used for before.

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The church shown above with the clock tower is around 900 years old.

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Here is another view of the church tower but the church itself is hidden by the building which is a flower shop. The picture doesn’t show how pretty the flowers outside were.

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The tower above is 1000 years old. We found that there is a rich history still found in St. Imier. The city is calm and inviting with the mountains surrounding it.

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These cars were placed here to be set on fire later as a training exercise.

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We went up the funicular to visit Centrale solaire Mont-Soliel. Since 1992, three football fields worth of solar panels have been transforming sunlight directly into electricity.

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It is possible to rent electric powered scooters at the funicular station.

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Under ideal sunlight conditions these solar panels produce enough electricity for around two hundred homes.

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We missed the funicular to go back down to St. Imier by three minutes. We would have had to wait over an hour for the next one. So, we decided to go ahead and walk down the mountain. The photo above gives you an idea of how high we were when we started.

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Over an hour later, we could see we were much closer to St. Imier. It wasn’t easy with the children because of the stones on the trail. However, we all enjoyed the walk. Even the children kept talking about it for the remainder of the day. The girls loved how pretty the forest was and the view of St. Imier from high above.

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Sweet Bear, Petite Clown and Boy Blue stopped to marvel at how big this snail was. I have to admit that I was impressed by its size as well.

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Almost there!!! At this point we were ready to walk on level ground. The decent down the mountain had been fairly steep and our feet hated us.

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We walked across a bridge that crossed over the funicular line on the way down. I was able to get a nice picture of the distance up. It takes less than five minutes in the funicular. It took us over an hour by foot.

St. Imier is a new favorite walking spot for our family. We will have to get back soon for a tour of the Solar Center of Mont-Soleil. Unfortunately, we were not able to do it the day we were there because only private groups with reservations were able to go through.

In the Jura, there is so much to see and do by foot, bike, train, car, scooter, skis and snowshoes (winter), horse and wagons.

I really do love the freedom of movement that we have in the Jura. It is hard to describe but it is liberating.

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  • Mad William May 28, 2008, 6:29 pm

    I can see why you like it there. What a beautiful place.
    It looks very peaceful.

  • expatraveler May 29, 2008, 3:04 am

    Oh pumpkin – this makes me so happy! This area is so incredible. It really reminds me of my time near Bienne in March. The areas look very similar. PLEase keep sharing those photos, I love it!

  • Pumpkin May 29, 2008, 1:25 pm

    Mad William,
    It is pretty much stress free here. We get lots of exercise as we explore the area by foot and it is great for your mental health.

    Expatraveler,
    I have been thinking a lot about you for my next post.
    We have got to meet next time you come! :)

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