Peck's personal Web site
2003 -- Estavayer-le-Lac, Avenches,
may not find this tangibly rewarding unless you're included here, so this is a
good time for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught
up in the sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.
castle at Estavayer-le-Lac, on the non-Neuchâtel side of the Lac de Neuchâtel
in Switzerland (and strategically situated between two Ramsar Wetlands of International
Importance, the Rive sud du lac de Neuchâtel and the Baie du Fanel et Le
Chablais). 24 June 2003.
within the castle.
within the castle.
and Kristin touring the village.
views of Estavayer (inside the police administration, in fact) and its nifty old
walls and gates.
goodbye to Estavayer-le-lac -- we travel on now to Avenches across the flat land
of the Broye.
downtown Avenches, the medieval town built up all round the Roman military outpost
amphitheatre of Aventicum, getting dressed up for some flashy new modern production.
Aventicum was a very interesting Roman outpost, because (insofar as I understand
it, with my shaky sense of history) Roman legionnaires who'd been posted at Nyon
and other transmontane military garrisons and had reached retirement age were
given land in the region around the Lac de Morat (or Murten in German) and allowed
to organize themselves into their own unofficial Department of Homeland Security.
For the Empire, a free garrison outpost, and for the retirees, an organized way
of living out their days (by drawing upon their long experience) in a kind of
militarized comfort. Apparently, they organized themselves in a military hierarchy
mirroring what they'd been accustomed to while on active service and, though retired
and raising root vegetables in their gardens for a modest living, succeeded in
keeping the barbarians at bay for at least a century more.
course, as we all know, eventually the barbarians have come along and got us all!
town castle at Avenches. (Love the color combos!)
Kristin (coaxing a cat)
the nearby semi-city on the Plains of Broye.
was the seat of very early ecclesiastical administration -- in fact, it was for
a time the overlord of the Cluniac monastery in my town, Bassins, on the other
side of the canton of Vaud.
and suggestions are welcome if positive, resented if negative, Dwight Peck at
rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 8 November 2003, revised 8 March 2008.