On an excursion today from Jaman to Les Casses (below Rochers de Nayes),
there were a few little magic moments that made it a special day. After getting off the cog train at Jaman, we realised we had unintentionally crashed someone’s birthday party and we had arrived before the guests. There was a little buvette beside the train tracks
and the owners assured us we were welcome to sit outside to enjoy our hot chocolate with blankets to brave the cold (yes, it’s summer here, but we were high up in the pre-alps), so we did. While we enjoyed our warm drink,
a 3 piece Balkan band warmed up. Soon enough, a single train carriage arrived carrying about 50 guests to celebrate a birthday and they were greeted at the buvette by the trio playing piano accordion, guitar & fiddle.
Love the traditional costumes!
Walking the trail down in the clouds, yep, IN THE CLOUDS! We walked past a house with a shingled roof that looked like a rumply blanket on the top of the house.
There seemed to be a whole miniature landscape on this rock when you look closely.
Made by fairies, I am reliably informed.
and notice on this lichen covered mossy rock, a beautiful tiny flowering succulent.
Walking with children always makes me more aware of the little things around and this enchanted detail was pointed out, hard to see in this pic but it’s dew drops on a spider’s web between rocks. Magic.
as well as the lovely dew on a star leaf, anointed by a water-sprite fairy, so I’m told.
Looking down the valley, the zig zag views always catch my eye
accompanied by the eternal gamelan soundscape of Swiss cowbells
which to me sounds like a bell orchestra forever tuning up. I expect when we’re out of sight, the conductor finally steps up and the cows perform an amazing symphony.