Thursday, January 9, 2014

Switzerland by Manuela

Last summer Manuela went on holidays to Switzerland. The pictures on these cards were taken by her. 

 Photo by Manuela Paiva
The Zytglogge tower is a landmark medieval tower in Bern, Switzerland. Built in the early 13th century, it has served the city as guard tower, prison, clock tower, centre of urban life and civic memorial.
Despite the many redecorations and renovations it has undergone in its 800 years of existence, the Zytglogge is one of Bern's most recognisable symbols and, with its 15th-century astronomical clock, a major tourist attraction. It is a heritage site of national significance, and part of the Old City of Bern, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. - in: wikipedia

 Photo by Manuela Paiva
Mount S. Giorgio rises to a height of 1097 m from the shore of the lake in front of the city of Lugano. An enchanting view from the peak astounds visitors, and a network of paths easily joins the various towns in the region. 
The vegetation of the mountain is distinguished by a typical coppice forest that includes rare plants and magnificent chestnut trees, which are thousands of years old and have completely hollow trunks. 
The region is mostly known for its geological treasures and the fossils conserved within the rock; above of all fishes, invertebrates and sea reptiles of rare if not unique species from the mid-Triassic period, about 230 million years ago. 
Many of these can be admired at the Meride Fossil Museum. On June 2nd, 2003 Mount S. Giorgio was included among UNESCO's World Heritage sites and from 2010 the recognition has also been linked to the italian side. - in:

Photo by Manuela Paiva
I'm not sure but this place seems to be the Lauterbrunnen Valley, in Bern's canton.

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