Saturday, October 2, 2010

Bidding summer adieu

We were in the Swiss Alps for an extended weekend in mid September. We spent our days mainly walking through the small beautiful villages inhaling fresh Alpine oxygen, enjoying the amazing beauty of the place and also as always trying out all the local specialities of the place. More about this in another post.

 Our treks took us to the beautiful Alpine village of Bönigen and we were lucky to be part of a yearly local tradition. As autumn slowly sets in in the moutains, the farmers bring their cows down from the mountains to lower lands where it a lot warmer.

The cows and other cattle are all beautifully decorated and there is a procession through the entire village which ends in a large open meadow.
 Here the cows can freezly graze when the rest of the village celebrates with Alphorn music, sale of locally produced cheese and food.

 We were indeed lucky that we got to experience this whole event of bidding a warm adieu to summer.


  1. I totally loved the Bovine headgear. Quite the fashion statement! ;)