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late April highlands…

The drive in autumn from Gippsland up to Mt Hotham then through to Bright rivals any European countryside. Once you reach Mt Hotham it’s a little on the bleak side but still worth the drive. Quite shocking how many dead trees there are, although they’re very beautiful. Apparently due to the drought. Great food and accommodation at The General, go stay there.



My “Sound of Music” moment……. the hills certainly were alive above Solalex…… the view from left to right


Solalex village and surrounds


My Solalex walking stick


The river that goes through Solalex


Les Chaux

Taken at Les Chaux where the gondola from Barboleuse ends. In the second photo you can see the buildings in the valley below.


Alpine flowers



You take the cable car from Villars to reach the tiny township of Bretaye. I went on Thursday 17 August. It’s surrounded by abrupt hills and has two lakes. Beyond the ‘cow zone’ is a seemingly endless natural playground, like from a children’s book.


The herds of cows were like an alpine orchestra of bells. The sound tinkled up to me like a dream as I picked my way down the mountain and rang out their harmonics clearly when up close. This is what they sounded like…

oh for the love of Switzerland…!

1708chaletmorning1small.jpgMy Switzerland trip was absolutely and spectacularly wonderful. I highly recommend everyone has at least one Swiss Alps holiday and you would not be disappointed to stay where I did (unless you can only holiday in high luxury hotels – to you I say it’s good to be flexible!!). Don’t forget to say hello for me to Matt and Elizabeth who run the place.

Below are links to my trip diary and photos.

Check out the Cow Symphony video on the Bretaye page…


Location: Gryon, Switzerland Stayed: Chalet Martin Swiss Alps Retreat

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