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.