This post series, A Year in Leysin, was meant to start in the summer…that obviously did not happen and so here we are in mid-October! Time for an update, and for pictures of the village in the colors of autumn…
The leaves on the trees are changing here and while the fall colors I’m told don’t tend to be as spectacular as those in North America at this time of year, the view we have here of the evergreen trees sprinkled with colors of yellow, orange, and brown is pretty magnificent, to me anyway. This Ohio girl is oh so happy to live with the changing seasons once again!
Some facts about Leysin:
- It is a small village in the Swiss Alps at an altitude of 1,300 m (4,100 ft) and with a population of about 4,000.
- The village first came to life as a place where tuberculosis patients were sent to be treated and recover in the late 1800s. It was thought that the sunny alpine climate would help in their treatment and recovery. We hope for the same for Marc and are very slowly witnessing it to be true…
- Now, many of the hospitals built to treat those tuberculosis patients have been turned into educational facilities, and so the village has become a sort of international education hub of students and professionals, mixed with local village residents and tourists of the Leysin mountain ski resort.
- Leysin is in the French-speaking region of Switzerland – but you will often hear German, Italian, and lots of English spoken here given the cosmopolitan nature of the village!
- And while Leysin is definitely situated and somewhat isolated in the mountains of the Swiss Alps, in just 30 minutes down the mountain you have access to city life in Montreux (once home to Freddie Mercury of Queen) and within just a few hours by car or train you can even reach destinations in France, Italy, and Germany.
Come with my handsome husband and I on a walk around the village!
Here we are in the center of the village, “downtown.” About a 10-minute walk down the street towards and then past our apartment, we are greeted with this mountain view of “Les Dents du Midi.”
And along the way we see lots of typical Swiss chalets…
And animals, mainly cows, goats, chickens, sheep or…oh, hello donkeys!
The village church…
And it wouldn’t be Swiss without a local fromagerie (cheese shop/restaurant)!
Here’s the cable car train heading down the mountain and into the valley of Lake Geneva…next stop, Aigle! From there, continue to Montreux, Vevey, Lausanne, or Geneva for an escape from mountain village life.
Or stay in the mountains and enjoy some free local produce! Here, Marc has picked a strawberry. “Incroyables comestibles” roughly translated means “unbelievable eats” – agreed!
Every time I walk by the store “Le Hibou” (“The Owl”), just behind Marc, I think of my sister and her love for owls. Hey Laura!
And upon our return home the sun sets over Les Dents du Midi and Marc and I are reminded yet again how fortunate we are to get to live here. Wherever you are, friends and family – under the bright blue skies of Barcelona and Mallorca, the changing colors of the seasons in Ohio and the midwest USA, or the silver mist of Paris and London – we hope that you, too, can find beauty in the simple surroundings of your each and every day. Sending love to you all!
– M & A