The Matterhorn

It’s Sunday so it’s time for our weekly virtual trip to beautiful Switzerland. A country which means so much to our little family.

Spiez
The Eiger

1st August is Swiss National Day. It celebrates the signing of the a Federal Charter in 1291. The Charter committed the various individual Cantons to stand together against outside aggressors and judges. It was officially recognised as the country’s founding document in the late 1800s. In 1993 86% of the population voted to introduce a national holiday on this day.

Lake Thun
Lucerne

It’s quite fitting for us that the Swiss National Day falls on the same day as Yorkshire Day. Our little family can have a joint celebration. In many ways we think of ourselves as Yorkshire first, Swiss second, European third, British fourth and English fifth. Our dream would be for Yorkshire to be followed recognised as a Swiss Canton or for us to get Swiss nationality. That’s a fun thought.

Lauterbrunnen
Grindelwald

So what happens on Swiss National Day. Every community holds celebrations which include bonfires and fireworks. Buildings and streets are adorned with flags and bunting. The community comes together to hear speeches, sing the national anthem, enjoy local produce and watch traditional folklore entertainment.

Aare Gorge
Spiez Castle Chapel

So if I time this post correctly then it will just about sneak into the 1st August here. So happy National Day to our families favourite country. We love you.

Hawklad on top of The Niesen

41 thoughts on “Swiss Sunday

  1. YAY! I didn’t realize it was Saturday. I always forget what day it is sometime in the middle of the day🤦🏼‍♀️ Swiss Sunday on Saturday Night is my favorite!
    Since we’ve determined that I might have some (rebel) Yorkshire DNA, I guess I should do TWO Happy Dances💃🏼💫💃🏼 one for Yorkshire and one for beautiful Switzerland. I have to do them lying down due to injury, but if you’ve ever seen a grand mal seizure, you can imagine what my dancing looks like…lying down or standing up!😱
    As always, my thanks for making Saturday Night so wonderful with your pictures and stories.💌

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  2. Oooh, I remember Grindelwald. It was beautiful and the grass was exactly as green as in your photo … Thank’s again for Swiss Sunday, the best start of my Sunday!

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  3. Thank you for the gorgeous photos again, Gary. Can you tell, there were fireworks all night yesterday. Sound doesn’t know any border … lol! Btw. did you know that Roby Williams is in Lauterbrunnen with his family these days?

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  4. Such a gorgeous country. All your photographs are beautiful but I particularly like the one of Lake Thun and the one of Hawklad…. thanks for taking us along on your weekly tour. It’s easy to see why you love it there.

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