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The rest of my Sion photos

Château de Valère (Valère castle), also known as Notre-Dame-de-Valère, is a fortified church in Sion that offers fabulous views of the city and Château de Tourbillon (Tourbillon castle). It, also, holds the oldest working organ in the world dating back to the 14th century.

Château de Tourbillon (Tourbillon castle) sitting on the hill in the back of the photo.

The walk up to Notre-Dame-de-Valère was hard due to the heat. It was very humid and hot sucking all our strength from us. Yet, my two youngest children managed to run up the stairs while the rest of us (including my seven year old daughter) panted and whined about how hot it was. :)

The old wooden door of the castle walls impressed my seven year old daughter deeply. She stopped and touched the doors asking all kinds of questions about how the castle was fortified.

The doorway. I know the photos aren’t that great but our Nikon wasn’t charged so we only had the point and shoot.

The view we had while we ate ice cream to cool off after almost over-heating from the walk up to the castle. The restaurant in the castle is very reasonably priced and the staff is super friendly. We really enjoyed it. I was surprised that it wasn’t more expensive.

My favorite photo from that day. I am going to try and print it out in a small size and hang it in my apartment.

My youngest daughter running from a covered doorway that we were using as shelter from the pouring rain. She wanted to go to the doorway my husband and her older sister were under but she had to come back since there was no room for her. She got soaked pretty good during this short run.

I felt relaxed the whole time I was in Sion. The people are very friendly and happy. Even if we got soaked in the rain, we didn’t mind. We loved the city that much.

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  • cindy July 18, 2010, 7:12 pm

    Fabulous pictures! These pictures are so awesome! Such a wonderful Place. I really like it.

  • expatraveler July 19, 2010, 2:33 am

    I only visited the town once myself and did not take any photos. When I look back now, I almost kill myself for not doing enough of that! Your photos are beautiful and the adventure sounds amazing..

    To top it off, I almost moved to that area! Yes It’s a great spot to start your adventures in the Alps. Sion is definitely not a tourist town and I think it is nice when people visit!

    • Pumpkin July 22, 2010, 8:53 pm

      We have been so busy since our move that I have more adventures to post but haven’t had time. To top it off we will be painting our apartment all next week!!! lol. I will be sure to take photos of that because I am sure that will be a very big adventure all alone!!! :)

  • Caitie July 19, 2010, 9:49 am

    It looks beautiful, I’ll have to check it out one day.

    • Pumpkin July 22, 2010, 8:52 pm

      That whole area is very beautiful. We really loved it.

  • Susan July 20, 2010, 5:46 am

    I love these photos of Sion – it’s on my list of places to visit, and we almost did on Sunday — instead we went on a relaxing boat ride on the Lake of Zurich.

    The good thing about an intense summer rain shower, is that usually cooler temps are ushered in!

    Thanks for blogging –

    • Pumpkin July 22, 2010, 8:51 pm

      Susan,
      That sounds lovely. We took a short boat ride in Neuchâtel the first year we were here. We need to do that more.

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