I found out what the highest village in Europe looks like

If you ever get the chance to experience one of the remotest parts of Switzerland, you would take it, right?  This weekend I set out to visit Juf in Graubünden and at 2126 Meters a.s.l. it is the highest village in Europe.
It is at the top of a long and winding road up the Averstal, through many rough looking tunnels, with icicles hanging off the walls. On the way up, the houses already begin to look archaic. I took a little stop and had a chat with this lady, enjoying the warm sun while knitting a pair of socks.
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We stayed at Hotel Bergala, which had the most stunning views over soft mountains.
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Finally the road ended at Juf and it is truly a beautiful, untouched village, tucked away between the treeless, snowy mountains.
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Most of the buildings were made out of wood, with logs for fires piled up out front.
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_DSC7051 copy jufA calm silence overwhelms the village, such as I have never experienced before. It was very rewarding spending a weekend in the Averstal and visiting this eerie little village, Juf.

Archaeologists in the House

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On one of the houses in our neighbourhood they had to take down the facade to renew it and it has been really interesting. Archaeologists have been documenting everything before the facade is reinstated again. On this photo you can see how they had isolated the pipes with newspaper. The newspaper dates from 1897! Note that the phone number for the Zurcher Fischhalle is 564.

New open Space on Sechseläutenplatz in Zurich

SechseläutenplatzSechseläutenplatzThe Sechseläutenplatz in Zurich now has a new surface. It’s made out of Valser quartzite and this project has been a pretty big deal here. It is the biggest open square in Switzerland and it is a strange sight for us, seeing such a generous amount of open space. We are so used to things being small and penned in, living between mountains as we do. The kids are enjoying riding their bikes and skate boards, I took some time to do a bit of sketching.