Day Six. The benefits of not being able to sleep

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Yippeeee, Snowfall!

Last night, I couldn't sleep. I did go to bed but because I caught a cold in the previous days, my own coughing kept me awake. After two hours of coughing, sneezing, tumbling and turning, I got out and went downstairs. Once there, I discovered it was snowing! Now, you have to know I am a romantic sod, and nothing is more romantic to me than snowfall. The down, gently descending, covers everything in a soft, white blanket. That virgin cover strengthens my belief the world is indeed a perfect place where the good always prevails.

 

Last night’s snowfall would guarantee breathtaking scenery during the day. Although the morning started a little cloudy still, the sun soon appeared. Eelco was as eager to go out and shoot some pictures as I was.

Early morning it was still a bit hazy and cloudy...
Immediately after breakfast we went for a drive. We had no specific goal until we came to that sign we saw the day before yesterday. You know, the one that said, ‘Col de la Croix is closed’. We instinctively looked at each other, both with a grin from ear to ear. Let’s see how closed it is :D

 

Col de la Croix starts in a place called ‘Les Diablerets’ which is on the other side of the mountain. Now, there are two ways of getting there; the fast way (going down the mountain, on to the highway and be bored getting there) or the long way (taking you through the mountains and meadows on almost off-road like tracks). You guessed it, we opted for the nicer long way. The drive around the mountain took us about three and a half hours.

The restaurant where we had lunch
By the time we arrived in Les Diablerets, we were ready for lunch.

 

Lunch took place in a cozy restaurant where we had to enter through the ‘artists entrance’. Lunch was great, you should read my review below. After lunch we went up the ‘Col de la Croix’. In wintertime, given enough snowfall, this col is closed and used as a luge track for sledges and sleighs. There was no barrier to stop us, so, on we went. Although it is an official road and signs even let every one know who goes where, people still looked at us like we were the devil in a 4x4. My grandma used to say, “if a look could kill, I would be a corps by now” and that was about the look we received. On our way up, we passed all kinds of chalets and apartment buildings, and therefore felt we had every right driving there.

Very warming indeed
We could own a chalet here, right? Suddenly, Eelco stepped on the breaks. We could go no further. Well, we could, but if we did, we would be on the slopes!!! OK, so I guess it is closed after all. We turned, drove down, and passed all those people on sledges again who now had a look on their face like “ha, told you so”.

 

By now, it was four in the afternoon and we decided to go back to the chalet. It gets dark early in the mountains and we wanted to avoid driving in the dark. Once at the chalet, we learned (from a neighbor) that the chimney had been swept. Great! Like two seasoned cave dwellers, we lit a fire that would probably last all evening. In fact, it did and we all had a wonderful evening by the fireplace.

Sunflower300 says:
Wonderful! I devoured every word; you are a true poet Rudolph.

Boys will be boys... :D
Posted on: Jan 15, 2008
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Yippeeee, Snowfall!
Yippeeee, Snowfall!
Early morning it was still a bit h…
Early morning it was still a bit …
The restaurant where we had lunch
The restaurant where we had lunch
Very warming indeed
Very warming indeed
Eelco, keeping the path clear.
Eelco, keeping the path clear.
Will you look at those hedges? Eve…
Will you look at those hedges? Ev…
Some 15cm of snow fell over night
Some 15cm of snow fell over night
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Early in the morning, before the …
Unfortunately not big down like sn…
Unfortunately not big down like s…
Snow covered tree
Snow covered tree
Art with a fence
Art with a fence
Spectacular morning view
Spectacular morning view
Sun, blue sky and fresh fallen sno…
Sun, blue sky and fresh fallen sn…
The morning sun intensifies the co…
The morning sun intensifies the c…
Look, new snow on the trees
Look, new snow on the trees
A view form one of the meadow roa…
A view form one of the 'meadow ro…
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Now where did I leave my scent ye…
Would love to live here
Would love to live here
Guess where the wind was blowing f…
Guess where the wind was blowing …
I tell ya, calender worthy material
I tell ya, calender worthy material
Lone tree in virgin field
Lone tree in virgin field
...but soon it cleared up.
...but soon it cleared up.
A mountain road
A mountain road
sunny peak
sunny peak
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I love the mix of sunlight and sh…
Through another meadow
Through another meadow
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The sun always shines brighter on…
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We didn't stop to feel how cold t…
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The difference between the north …
Bleep,... bleep, anymore products …
Bleep,... bleep, anymore products…
I wonder what lies around the bend?
I wonder what lies around the bend?
Looking up the trees
Looking up the trees
Seems like artwork to me
Seems like artwork to me
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OK, we only parked here to take s…
I have this thing with barbed wire
I have this thing with barbed wire
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Some mountain roads are awfully n…
Snow covered branch of a pine
Snow covered branch of a pine
The entire tree
The entire tree
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From that bench you have a specta…
...ah, here it is; a spectacular v…
...ah, here it is; a spectacular …
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Love this picture. It not only is…
Love those dark trees with a hint …
Love those dark trees with a hint…
Nice shed
Nice shed
Lower down the mountain theres no…
Lower down the mountain there's n…
View of vineyards
View of vineyards
It almost looks like autumn
It almost looks like autumn
Sorry for the smudges and the wind…
Sorry for the smudges and the win…
Thats what you get for shooting w…
That's what you get for shooting …
One of my favorite photos
One of my favorite photos
I LOVE this one!
I LOVE this one!
nice contrast between the autumn l…
nice contrast between the autumn …
sun and clouds play to create shad…
sun and clouds play to create sha…
I adore this picture
I adore this picture
Yep, a view worth taking a photo of
Yep, a view worth taking a photo of
The 4x4 that got us up and down th…
The 4x4 that got us up and down t…
Especially for Lauro; a pano shot
Especially for Lauro; a pano shot
Same nice shed as before
Same nice shed as before
Icicles hanging from a roof
Icicles hanging from a roof
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You honk when you can't see who's…
My favorite chalet
My favorite chalet
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Probably not a farmer who lives h…
Glistening road in the valley
Glistening road in the valley
I like how the roof and the mounta…
I like how the roof and the mount…
Plenty of fences to prevent avalan…
Plenty of fences to prevent avala…
Icicles hanging from a roof top. H…
Icicles hanging from a roof top. …
This cable cart will take you up a…
This cable cart will take you up …
3000 meters is a long way up (abou…
3000 meters is a long way up (abo…
Another col we took, instead of d…
Another col we took, instead of '…
Going up or coming down?
Going up or coming down?
1743 AD, can you believe it?
1743 AD, can you believe it?
Obviously a gap in the clouds some…
Obviously a gap in the clouds som…
OK, here it is...(drumming sound).…
OK, here it is...(drumming sound)…
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See, as londg as you stay clear o…
Im different, I am no pine!
I'm different, I am no pine!
Village in sunlight
Village in sunlight
We sure had one!
We sure had one!
Yes sir, we did. Oh no, that was i…
Yes sir, we did. Oh no, that was …
Count the trees
Count the trees
I like how snow makes everything r…
I like how snow makes everything …
1821 AD, another oldy
1821 AD, another oldy
Les Diablerets train station
Les Diablerets' train station
the train stations only platform
the train station's only platform
Just couldnt get enough of those …
Just couldn't get enough of those…
Does any see a road here?
Does any see a road here?
Just couldnt get enough of those …
Just couldn't get enough of those…
LOVE this one. I like it how the w…
LOVE this one. I like it how the …
The castle in Aigle on our way bac…
The castle in Aigle on our way ba…
Fireplace
Fireplace
Chesieres Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
In the Swiss mountains, close to the French border, on the foot of the ‘col de la croix’, you’ll find a place called Chez La Croix. They describ… read entire review
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photo by: Sweetski