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life's hectic non-stop party threatens to get out of control and really exhausting
visit to Leysin
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.
narrator dwelt quite contentedly in Leysin from 1977 to 1992 but had to leave,
alas. But now he's back for holidays, January 2005, and his friends have come
Chalets Ermina will be our preferred stopping place in Leysin from now on. The
proprietor, Ariane Giobellina, was our esteemed colleague in the American College
Library in the 1980s and has now got these two brilliant bed-and-breakfast accommodations
in the lower part of the village.
Chalet Ermina 2 (left) and Chalet Ermina 1 (right) in January 2005.
your hols now, http://www.ermina.ch/.
former President of the American College of Switzerland in Leysin, and Ms Hagge
of Boston, USA, on the balcony of Chalet Ermina 1, preparing for wholesome, healthful
fun in January 2005.
darts forward towards the abandoned ski-lift restaurant of La Solacyre on a reconnaissance
mission for tomorrow's walk up La Riondaz.
one to take the easy way home, at nightfall Dr Pirri plunges down into the forest
towards Leysin, literally.
well that ends well.
apart from "wholesome, healthful fun", Kristin, sicker than a dog, waited
out today's hike in the Chalet Ermina, but was on the mend again by the morrow
. . .
. . and ready for a brisk and invigorating walk back up the Bois de Prafandaz.
Teny, and Joe walking up the well-traveled Bois de Prafandaz. One can scarcely
remember ever having seen snowshoe tracks in the Leysin mountains in the 1980s,
but now they're everywhere.
Bois de Prafandaz, January 2005
the back side of La Riondaz
our colleagues share pages of the International Herald Tribune on the balcony
of the abandoned restaurant of Solacyre, the lads make a brief detour up to the top of La Riondaz for old
times' sake. (The river Rhône can just be seen about
a mile below in the top left corner of the photo.)
somewhat gaspingly towards the summit on a bright day in a so far nearly snowless
turning restaurant on La Berneuse, with the Tours d'Aï and Mayen behind,
from the side of La Riondaz.
Pirri with his youthful knees awaits the narrator's very slow progress back down
Solacyre, the party descends by the forest path towards the big avalanche digue
or barrier built in 1979 near the Bergerie (after an avalanche off the Riondaz
destroyed the tennis courts at the Grand Hôtel down in the village).
dinosaur of La Solacyre
and Teny heading for Leysin at the end of the day, for a splendid dinner at the
new folklorique Fromagerie restaurant in the old village.
a wave goodbye to Ariane and the Chalets Ermina in Leysin, we go back "to
the valley" and vow to return. http://www.ermina.ch/.
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All rights reserved, all wrongs avenged. Posted 29 March 2005, revised 25 November 2012.