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Trip in Switzerland : the Emosson dam

On Monday, Claire went on school trip to the Emosson dam, in the Trient valley, in front of the magnificent Mont Blanc panorama. The Emosson dam was built between 1969 and 1975, and it’s the Swiss’s second largest dam (capacity 227 millions m3).

She did the route by car from the school up to Châtelard (1125 m – 3690 ft); the car was well filled, because Claire and her colleague left with another class and its teacher.
Then, from Châtelard, she took the steepest two carriages funicular in the world ! This funicular has a maximal slope of 87% ! In 10 minutes, Claire had arrived at Montuires station (1825 m – 5987 ft).
funiculaire Emosson

From there, the little panoramic train led her during 10 minutes on the mountain side up to the foot of the Emosson dam. The landscape was simply amazing.

Finally, Claire arrived within 5 minutes at the Lake Emosson (1965 m – 6446 ft) by means of Minifunic, which slope reaches 73% all the same !

From there, she had an nice walk on the dam and on the lakesides with her pupils. On the way back, she showed them the charming chapel of Gueulaz, dedicated to Notre-Dame-Des-Neiges.

The day took place smoothly, and everybody was delighted. The trip back was made by the same way.

Upon her arrival at the house, Claire dreamed only about one thing : take a shower ! Thus I had to verify myself that she had emptied her bag well before tidying it up until the next excursion.

All good things must come to an end

All good things must come to an end, even the holidays…
All good things must come to an end, even the holidays…
Today, it’s the resumption of work for Claire. The children will go back school on August 21st, but for the teachers, it’s the moment to put themselves in the school atmosphere again, to prepare copies, to decorate the class, and to refine the welcome activities planned for the first days.

As Claire is also an executive assistant (“dean”), it’s the moment too to prepare the teachers meeting and to settle the last details of the start of the school year with the management team.

All this to tell you that she’s abandoning us all day long ! Good thing Momo is there today, but we’ll better get used to being a few hours alone from time to time again.

What do you mean, « you’re sleeping anyway » ? Absolutely not ! We are bored of every minute’s absence of our humans, but we do it with our eyes shut…
We are bored of every minute’s absence of our humans, but we do it with our eyes shut…
All right, we exaggerate a little, but hardly : we prefer when our humans are at home all the same, even if we’re sleeping.

Good start of the school year to all the children and to all the teachers !

Trip in Switzerland : the Rhine Falls

Look at this :

Impressive, right ? Today, we take you to the Rhine falls, the biggest waterfalls of Europe.

The Rhine falls formed during the last glaciation, about 14’000 to 17’000 years ago. The northern bank with Schlössli Wörth is on the canton of Schaffhausen, the southern bank with the castle of Laufen on the canton of Zurich.

A few figures :

  • Width : 150 metres
  • Height : 23 metres
  • Depth of the basin : 13 metres
  • Capacity of flow in summer : approx. 600’000 litres per second
  • Capacity of flow in winter : approx. 250’000 litres per second

Claire and Momo arrived by the South. To reach the river, they went by foot and went through the castle of Laufen, which overhangs the falls.
Chutes Rhin 24 Schloss Laufen
Chutes Rhin 02 Schloss Laufen
A way comes down to the panoramic terraces then arrives at a small landing stage.
Chutes Rhin 05
Chutes Rhin 08
Chutes Rhin 13
From there, several boat trips permit to discover closely this magnificent natural show. Here we go !
Chutes Rhin 15 rive nord
Chutes Rhin 18 rive nord
Chutes Rhin 20
Chutes Rhin 23
Chutes Rhin 26
Did you like it ? As for me, I prefer to keep my paws dry !