Friday, March 15, 2013

HERITAGE CHALETS & THE SIMMENTALER HOUSE TRAIL

Chalet 1 4 bis
- Wood With A Histoty -

- Facade Painting Representing A Hunter -

Chalet 2 5 bis
- Front Of The House And More Paintings -

Chalet 4 7 bis
- Pannel Reads: 
Chalet "Jägerhaus (Hunter's House)" built in 1774 and renovated in 1968/ Early Simmentaler Painting-Style -

Chalet 7 4 bis
- Mountain Pasture Chalet -

Chalet 6 5 bis
- Pinewood Beam -

Chalet 5 4 bis
- Mountain Chalet: Closed For The Season -


The picturesque Simmen Valley is not only renown for its stunning landscapes, rolling hills, imposing mountains, verdant green pastures, thousands of cows grazing in the flowered meadows, flavorful cheeses and ski resorts, but it also gets its notoriety from the breathtakingly beautiful ancient houses situated all along the (Ober)Simmental House Trail.

As a matter of fact, the region is strewn with luxurious chalets dating back as far as the 15th century. With their unique and fascinating high standard of carpentry, architectural feats and refined facade paintings, those massive and harmonious pinewood buildings are a testimony of the wealth brought by mountain farming and are quite a sight too. So remember to visit the area if you ever come to Switzerland as it is well worth the detour!

69 comments:

  1. Rosa these pictures are absolutely breathtaking!

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  2. Magnifique ! je veux y aller ce soir et me lover devant un bon feu de bois pour tout le weekend !
    bises Rosa, bon weekend à très bientôt

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  3. As usual great photos Rosa. Love your eye for details, clarity & sharpness of your photos. May I know which lens you use for outdoors?

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  4. AMI: Thank you, dear! I'm glad you like my pictures. I use a Nikkon 50mm f/1.4 lens (food & nature). Cheers. :-)

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  5. Love the - Mountain Pasture Chalet -

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  6. Beautiful, Rosa! I love the textures!

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  7. I love all photographs of old wood and stone . . . the texture is extraordinarily picked up in your shots! I am taking my first photography class this weekend and am so excited to learn! You inspire me Rosa!

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  8. Oh, how I would love to go there for an extended vacation - beautiful, Rosa!

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  9. Looks like an amazing place! How I wwish I could visit it! I can almost feel the history there! Admired the photo you named "pinewood beam"! So impressive!

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  10. J'aime tout particulièrement les fleurs peintes sur la 3e photo.
    Je me téléporterais volontiers dans ce décor enchanteur que tu sais si bien magnifier.

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  11. I want to pack a few things and travel with you. Such a beautiful place Rosa. Thanks for sharing your stunning photos

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  12. i can look at these pixs all day !! u r talented

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  13. Le bois superbement mis en valeur par tes photos !
    Bon week-end.
    verO

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  14. LOVE the facade painting Rosa..and again..truly sharp pics..all the same lens?

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  15. Love the one of the hunter. So whimsical.

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  16. I would love to live in this house, so rustic and so natural. So earth friendly. Just love it! Have a wonderful weekend, Rosa! Yelena

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  17. Your shots are pure genius...capturing the sites so beautifully. As always, it's a pleasure to see your work :) And Switzerland is high on my bucket list!

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  18. Exceptional details on the photos. Stunning.

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  19. Stunning shots of nature. Love and envy the place you live in. Beautiful!

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  20. Beautiful shots Rosa!
    Have a nice weekend dear,
    Cheers
    Mamat

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  21. Thanks Rosa, I've only used my 50mm outdoors only once. didn't like it because of the restricted angle. But your photos inspire me to try it again. Also I voted you in Savour awards

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  22. Absolutely wonderful old buildings. Living in a house built in the early 1700's, I appreciate these old houses with all their character. Thank you for sharing your photos.

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  23. Looks like the kind of place where I could easily slip into a few years of living and forget the urban world I come from!

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  24. Stunning! I love the aesthetic of old chalets. You are making me home-sick.

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  25. Out of all the places I'd like to visit in the world, Switzerland has never been on the list, but your photography has totally changed my mind! Everything looks gorgeous and being an outdoors-lover, it looks like there's so much to do.

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  26. beautiful pictures and angles Rosa

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  27. I love the way you captured the grain detail! That chalet sure has A LOT of wood storage too!

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  28. All the pictures are great, but I particularly like the one of the pinewood beam! Love the texture. Good stuff - thanks.

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  29. Your photography of the wood is stunning! You make it look so beautiful!

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  30. The landscapes and textures of your country is truly incredible. I've never been to Switzerland but would love to one day - it looks like such an amazing photographers' wonderland!

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  31. i'm obsessed with wood--i like to try to determine from what kind of tree a log was hewn as well as how old it was when it was cut! these pictures are great. :)

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  32. In the midst of these serene landscapes...I'd walk this trail any day. Thanks for these wonderful captures Rosa.

    Have a great week,
    Claudia

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  33. Wow! J'adore tes images!!

    Bonne soirée ma belle Rosa XX

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  34. Wow, what a beautiful and peaceful place. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos!

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  35. Such beautiful houses, I can't believe they are just chalets. I would love to live in one...as long as it has internet ;)

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  36. Me encanta la arquitectura campestre es hermoso estar en un lugar tranquilo lleno de vegetación,preciosas fotos,hugs,hugs.

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  37. Gorgeous! You have done your job well as now I need a holiday to Switzerland!

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  38. Nice crisp picture, breathtaking to say the least.
    Thanks for the share Rosa.

    Puja

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  39. I love traditional Alpine architecture like this - the chalets seem to fit so effortlessly into their environment. Great detail shots!

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  40. Beautiful scenery's and photos, Rosa. I want to travel with you one day :)

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  41. Wonderful beautiful photos, Rosa :D

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  42. Such a lovely place (blog) to discover new (beautiful) places through your photographs.

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  43. Hope to visit Switzerland in the next couple of years. All your photos are incredible. You definitely know how to capture the beautiful places of your country.

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  44. History and craft meets beauty. If the wood could speak - oh! It does!

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  45. There is nothing quite like wood. How beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing. I hope you have a blessed week full of good food, good friends, and much laughter.

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  46. gorgeous shots, Rosa! Your penchance for rustic style is clearly demonstrated here, you have an artistic eye:-)

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  47. Stunning pictures as usual, I love it!

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  48. I spent a summer working in Switzerland many years ago - your photos have made me homesick for this beautiful country! Gorgeous, just gorgeous!

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  49. This place is definitely not this breathtaking like in your pictures. It is you and the camera that makes wonders. Love your photography:) I am a FAN now :)

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  50. so many old wood!<3
    very nice

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  51. Gorgeous pics Rosa; they always make me want to be there!

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  52. Your artistic eye brought out the chalet's rustic beauty! It's really wonderful to see these structures still standing.

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  53. The texture of that wood in the sunshine is mesmerising. You've captured it so beautifully

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  54. Beautiful pictures as always. You can really almost feel the texture of the wood on the chalets. I always think about visiting Switserland like I used to with my mum and dad to then eat cheese fondue in a chalet after a walk in the cold...

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  55. Such lovely architecture. I would absolutely love to stay in a chalet next time I'm in beautiful Switzerland!

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  56. A beautiful place to visit and so peaceful...your pictures speak for themselves...

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  57. Gosh, your outdoor photography is as amazing as your food photography!

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  58. Is it wrong to wish that I can use those wood boards? :D Love coming here to see your photography work!

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  60. Toujours ce travail sur les textures de bois, on croirait presque pouvoir en sentir les asperites.

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  61. Charming! the wood and the rustic is beautiful. Loved the facade painting too.

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