Friday, September 25, 2009

What joy to spend two glorious weeks there with dear friends!
We saw a wonderful VanGogh show in Basil, visited the great Paul Klee Museum in Bern, shopped in sweet, beautiful Liestal, experienced the Alps in Engelberg (town of Angels) at a mountain home at the feet of Mount Titlis, made wonderful drives through countryside of unspeakable beauty, lunched and shopped in Zurich with family, celebrated a birthday, heard church bells, visited a wonderful Church and heard the monks sing or chant at noon, visited a glass studio, visited Karin's art classes (one she takes, one she teaches), and best, the three of us, Karin, her husband, Daniel (who climbed Mount Titlis while I was there!), and I spent hours together painting, talking, and laughing!
A few sketches from Switzerland.... A view of Liestal in Basil State, close to Bubendorf, the village where my friends live.
Next, the river which runs near their home....
View of Gelterkinden, a nearby village, where, as I was looking and drawing, at 4:00p.m., two sets of churchbells played in tandem. It was wonderful beyond all expectations.
In wonderful Engelberg!!! In the Alps, at the foot to Mount Titlis. I sat on a fine bench and drew as my friend walked her Swiss Mountain Dog, Mira. I sketched them as they returned.
The building holds a marvelous restarant, Duke's, where we had dinner that evening, with Mira near our table. I love that dogs can go into restaurants! The owner/chef came out several times to give Mira treats. I am sure they were not as good as our treats were. Such a great dinner that was!


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