Friday, June 2, 2017

Shrines of Time


European countries with such centuries of history have, by sheer time, amassed incredible buildings, structures, monuments, and fountains that shout to the visitor:  “I have been here longer than you can imagine!"

A first time visitor to Switzerland suffers from camera overload:  so many photo opportunities, that it is overwhelming to pick and choose. 

As a returning tourist, I visited Switzerland by myself in July 2012 to see a newborn grandson.  My photos naturally focused on him and his parents.  Each day, I rode a bus through the city of Bern and viewed the city and surrounding areas differently every time.


 I labeled this post "Shrines of Time".  

These are stone watering troughs from old farmlands, gathered together  for artistic appreciation.

An old English telephone booth without its glass, in which a plant had grown

A trail marker along the Aure River

A tree along the Aure River, and it is hanging on with its roots until the next snow-melt flood



 Sometimes the smaller Shrines of Time speak the loudest.

This is a Re-Post of April 23, 2013.  We will be returning to Switzerland in three weeks to see a new grandson and visit with our McKinley family!

28 comments:

  1. Such beautiful, evocative thoughtprovoking shrines.
    Enjoy your family time. Which you will.

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    1. We are contemplating/debating what to bring and what to not bring. Seeing our two grandsons (and their parents) will be exciting.

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  2. How fun, a new grandson and a trip too. Come back with tons of beautiful pictures to share. And have a great time.

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  3. Seems like such a grand place to visit. Greetings!

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    1. When we first visited, I kept thinking that all those mountains were painted backdrops.

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  4. I love these small, odd things that capture the imagination and focus thoughts.

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    1. Those small, odd bits are what catches me, always has. Forget grand and amazing. Give me the parts that made those possible.

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  5. Hi Susan - how lovely to be able to go back again to visit your new grandson and his sister and then of course their parents- it will be special. Love the photos of times gone by, or times new - I think it's a sycamore in the phone box! But wonderful to see the lands ... and the peoples - cheers and have fun - Hilary

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    1. A sycamore...I think you are right. I wonder how large it has grown? Or if it was removed?

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  6. Your pictures are lovely, Susan. How wonderful it will be to return and to see your newest grandson.

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  7. Some sure make us think how little time we've actually been here. Great shots indeed.

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    1. As a world timeline, our modern times are barely a blip. But our blip has moments like these.

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  8. These are beautiful photos, Susan. Congratulations on the birth of your grandson! How exciting that you're going to visit him, his brother and the rest of your family. Enjoy your wonderful trip! I'm sorry that it's taken me so long to visit, but I will check back to see photos of your newest family member.

    Julie

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    1. Thanks! We are so excited. Photos will follow!

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  9. I love that tree hanging on for dear life and the stone water troughs.

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    1. Cannot image hollowing out a trough from solid stone. I wonder if the tree is still there?

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  10. Such wonderful photos. They made me dream a bit.


    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  11. Thanks for showing these swedish places in history. I always liked climbing trees, sight seeing really from fantastic heights is amazing, now I wonder what secrets I might have discovered surveying high along the Aure river

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    1. Go for the less traveled by places.

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  12. Small shrines tell a story too. I hear you about camera overload. When I went to the Netherlands I was pretty much in a constant state of awe. "Really? We're driving along the top of a 1000 year old dike?"

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    1. I know!! Isn't it utterly amazing.

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  13. Oooh, Switzerland... Have a great trip.

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  14. Loved seeing your pictures.
    How wonderful it will be for you to return and see your newest grandson, bet you can't wait!

    Have a wonderful trip.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Can't wait to cuddle a little 6 mo. old baby boy, and a 5 year old big boy!

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  15. Dear Susan, these shrines take us back into the past where people lived and breathed and dreamed and hoped and suffered as well. And over the span of time between then and now we meet as One. Thank you. Peace.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!