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The neighborhood of Ollon

Scenes from some local walks in July 2014

A collection of images from the neighborhood of Ollon, Switzerland, during infrequent breaks in the generally nasty early-July weather

You may not find this terribly 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.

To Antagnes, 1 July 2014

Leaving Ollon out the Chemin de la Roche

Looking back at Ollon from the vineyards to the south of town

The Rhône valley, looking towards Monthey

The hamlet of Antagnes, at the little track down through the vineyards to Villy (the Chemin de l'Arzillier)

Along the ruelle du Four à Pains

Continuing towards downtown Antagnes

Farther along le "Plat d'Antagnes"

The centre of Antagnes, more or less, where the Plat d'Antagnes joins the Route du Pissot

Looking down at the vintner, the Domaine de l'Abbaye de Salaz

Back past the bread oven

Lower Ollon, looking towards Lake Geneva (Lac Léman)

Playing chicken: a tractor and a bus full of vineyard workers

Re-entering Ollon on the Chemin de la Roche

Up to the town square

To Villy, 3 July 2014

Down En Picherex road into the upper part of Ollon's southern suburb of Villy

The Abbaye de Salaz, which a few days ago we saw from above

A nearby farm

The same farm, at 469m

An intersection of farm roads at La Condémine (the common name comes from low Latin for shared property, usually between two lords or a lord and a churchman, as in "condominium": from Henry Suter)

Ollon in the distance

Ollon somewhat closer

Entering lower Villy (411m)

An Intersection: the Route de Salaz meets the Route de Palud and the Rue du Village, and continues as the Route d'Ollon.


Traffic giratoire on the main road between Monthey and Ollon

Ollon centre up the hill

A passing ostrich

The Rue de la Tour up into Ollon, in the neighborhood called En Burlatex

Along the Rue de la Tour

And up to the centre of town

And home

Near Panex, 13 July 2014

A shed (825m) on Le Bondet creek, in Le Marais valley below Panex, Switzerland

A few kilometres south on a forest road through the Bois de Confrêne, we meet the Sentier du Sel and turn back up it to the north.

The Sentier du Sel, an educational hiking trail from near the famous salt mines of Bex up into the forest where from the 15th century miners brought low-grade salt down out of the mountains

Salt mining: an ecological menace

Mountain bike tracks on the muddy trail

Out of the forest

We have to eat salt!

Onto the pasture of Monacerna

The ski resort of Leysin across the ravine of the Grande Eau

A farm building in the Monacerna meadow

The next pasture over, a farm building with tepee

A look back at both of them

The road out

Erosion control

A passing donkey


A path down from Panex towards the car

Et voilà

The tepee across the ravine

Dieter VW waiting patiently

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