Sion - monuments of magnificence
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On Sunday we left Venice for Sion, a small town at the foot of the Swiss Alps. We chose to come here not for any particular reason, other than that we felt like just picking a place at random, we needed to get somewhere we could catch a train to, and Brent has a bit of a thing for mountains. So we only booked to come here the day before we came. Also, we read that Sion had tried and failed not once but twice to win the bid for the winter Olympics. The Australian spirit in us must have drawn us to this underdog town.
It has been spectacular! We didn't know what to expect here, so we were bedazzled to come off the train to see snow-capped mountains towering above us, surrounding the entire town! We have walked around the town, trying to capture the magnifence on our cameras but as we've said before, the digital images always pale in comparison to the real thing!
It's off-peak season here, so it's fairly quiet and we've got to know the town a bit and interacted with the locals.
Being a small town means its cool to stay here, but everything was closed on Sunday - even our hotel! So they emailed us the day before with our codes to enter the building and our room. It seems room keys and even room swipe cards are on the way out. It's computerised all the way!
We spent Monday exploring the town, and spent a couple of hours up on a hill where an old monastery still stands from the 11th century. From there we gazed at mountains, took pictures, Jill sang some Sound of Music songs, and Brent watched airforce jets doing their drills, weaving in and out of the alps at lightning speed, generating quite a sound! We stayed to watch the sunset (and froze some limbs in the process) and marvelled at the wonder of it all. How often do you get to sit next to an 11th century monastery about a kilometre above sea level, staring out at the Swiss Alps, hearing the bells of nearby churches echo throughout the valley?
We've enjoyed Swiss chocolate too, of course.