We only had a whistle-stop visit to Switzerland last week and as there were members of P's family to meet up with and a couple of business appointments for P, there wasn't really much time for 'seeing the sights'. Nevertheless, we did manage to fit in a couple of small trips to some very impressive places.
First up was a visit to the monastery / church / abbey at Einsiedeln. The outside was pretty impressive but the inside was just amazing. Photos weren't allowed but some of the pictures in the above link give a good impression of the 'wow factor' interior. I have never seen such a rich and gilded church in my life. It was high baroque meets mittel-Europa Catholicism with amazing amounts of gilded gold bling thrown in for good measure. Truly jaw-dropping in all its rococo glory. Makes the good old C of E look very plain by contrast.
Einsiedeln itself was a pretty little town, high up in the mountains, with some gorgeous old houses. Only downside was it was unbelievably cold that day (note the snow on the mountains) and neither P nor I were dressed warmly enough.
Next day we had only a very short trip into the hinterland about 5 minutes drive from P's childhood home. It always amazes me that people really do live in these classic Swiss chalets - they are so pretty and cosy looking - they always remind me of the little weather houses where a female doll pops out one side to indicate one type of weather and a little man doll pops out the other to indicate something else.
And there were a lot of these very curious Brown Swiss cows about too. They were really friendly and this time I found the sound of their cow bells really rather comforting (as opposed to really rather irritating!), especially when you can hear them at night.