Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Memories of holidays past - Rapperswil



Rapperswil. The kinderzoo (link in German) was closed but we had fun poking about the old medieval town centre and looking at the shops. The Christmas decorations were incredibly quaint and I've been trying to replicate the look in our house ever since - without success. It was so peaceful and so quiet even though it was a week day. So different from Sydney. Admittedly these shots were taken around lunch time when most businesses close to go home for lunch - another custom we don't have in Sydney. I think there's quite a few things we can learn from the Swiss.
There is a castle, and below that a monastery right on the shore of a lake.  You can't get better real estate if you tried.  A lot was closed because it was Winter, but I saw enough to make me want to come back in the warmer months.


The view was magnificent


Beautiful medieval houses

They keep deer here.




There is also a timber boardwalk that replaces the original ancient wooden bridge that crosses the lake.  A little chapel still stands there.



Chapel

Swans everywhere added to the atmosphere of peace

Ceiling of chapel

Again the view was stunning



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