The Little Birds Said, “This and That.”

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I have never seen such plump little birds! People everywhere in Switzerland make feeding the wild birds part of their daily routine.
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There are entire shops like this one devoted to the feeding and housing of wild birds.
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Do they smell a rat? A common foe in Montreux makes for a delicate alliance. Even the street cats like this one are fat and healthy.
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Maybe it’s the wine that makes everyone so mellow? Of course it could be the beer….
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Or maybe it’s all the exercise? The Swiss like to bicycle up the Alps. I like to sit in the train and take their picture. These last shots were taken from The Glacier Express train.
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Of course it could be the continuous hits of Alpine beauty.
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The lucky Swiss!
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Who knows what it is? Maybe it’s in the water…..
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I’m heading off the train now to go eat some Rosti with Swiss cheese!
And at the request of my good blogging friend Yellowcable, I have added a late addition, Rosti with Swiss cheese, minus a bite or three taken before the photo. I can’t help it. I’m powerless over rosti.
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Cheers to you from well-fed Switzerland~

215 thoughts on “The Little Birds Said, “This and That.”

      1. Spunk was going for the birds, so all I could get in was a beautiful while trying to keep the kitty from attacking my screen. All the photos were great and looks like a really wonderful adventure.

    1. More power to you. It certainly would be good for the mind and body. My brother is like that. He cycles an incredible amount of miles regularly. I am afraid, am way too in to my creature comforts. Let me know if you take it up!

  1. Lovely photos Cindy, as ever. ๐Ÿ™‚
    My son was so delighted by the fat sparrows we saw in France a few years ago that he gave them a new name: pudgies. (Please don’t ask me where we went – it was only EuroDisney :().
    It’s a cross between budgies (budgerigars) and pudgy (plump). I thought it was cute.

  2. Just seeing the photo of the couple peddling up the Alps gave me a shooting pain down my left arm. (It’s my body warming me not to even consider such exercise.) Have a nice trip.

    1. Laughing…..It pains me too just to think of it ! I’m kinda doubting the woman is having much fun. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The whole endeavor would be out the question for me! I could make it from my hotel room to the rosti restaurant.

  3. So beautiful, and so thinly settled. That alone to me says: “Harsh winters!” Wow, biking up a mountain… to be so healthy would be wonderful. I hope your soul is expanding with all these infusions of beauty. Your photos are stunning as usual.

  4. Many people tend to think, that the healthy and fresh, easy peasy landscape automatically implicates nice and friendly people and society. I hope you only met such good people! The truth is, that swiss can sometimes be blockheaded (too much stone around limits the open mind? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    and many of them do not really like foreigners. Of course one cannot paint everybody with the same brush… but it’s easy to forget, that switzerland has its own Problems – as every other country.
    Nevertheless it has of course some stunningly beautiful landscapes, as your photographs prove! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. I’m born in Hamburg, where the landscape is so flat, that you can see somebody in the morning, who will visit you for lunch ๐Ÿ˜‰
        People there in the north are teasing the bavarians with this word of the stone limited minds… ๐Ÿ™‚
        Enjoy your fantastic trip!

        1. Oh that is hilarious, “where the landscape is so flat, that you can see somebody in the morning, who will visit you for lunch!” You’re a flatlander eh? I was born by the beach in a snooty place, and live in the country at The Holler. Life takes us far afield! Cheers to you~

          1. I say:”Change is the spice of life.” In the flatlands I learned to look far and now I live between the mountains, love them too, but look behind them, when they disturb me. Seems clearly to me, as if you love your actual home too. You have the ability to look at the good things – that’s really essential. Cheers!

  5. The natural beauty of a region and the art it inspires gives a glimpse of the creativity that is possible despite human worries. Looking at your pictures I thought about the culture inspired by this environment. Your photos and what you say about them in captions really communicate, Cindy!

    1. “The natural beauty of a region and the art it inspires gives a glimpse of the creativity that is possible despite human worries.”
      This is such a perceptive thought and I very much agree with you. It is not the absence of worry, but the presence of beauty that can transcend our worries at least for awhile, that can make us happy. Beauty is everywhere! We just need to see it.
      Thank you Patty for your insightful comment.

  6. Train is the best way to go up to Alpine beauty! I get to see the stunning views and beautiful photos right here ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much, Cindy!

  7. Your post made me think of that famous quote by Gandhi: “โ€œThe greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.โ€ The way Switzerland goes out of its way to help the birds and even the street cats says a lot about its people. A lovely place that you’ve captured in your lovely photos, Cindy.

    1. Yes I think of this quote all the time, especially as I live in a rural area and I see farm animals neglected and abused which has really opened my eyes in a way they hadn’t been before. I agree with you and Ghandi and I do believe it says a great deal about a person when they make the effort to feed the birds everyday. Mary Poppins was right! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Thank you! I was surprised because I was shooting through the train window, they aren’t as sharp as they would be if I wasn’t in a moving train, but the beauty sort of trumps everything. This lake is at the over pass on top of the Alps.

  8. They are indeed blessed to be so healthy and have such a beautiful country to exercise in. Beautiful shots and the birds and animals add to the charm.

  9. Those birds are adorable. I loved reading that the care and feeding of the birds and strays is so important to the Swiss. I wish that were true everywhere.

    Gorgeous photos, of a fantastic country.

      1. Oh no. I was a shrink for 27 years, this is perfectly normal! Now if you actually were to eat the birds, that would be a different matter, but you can think anything you want…… Promise. You can see why I retired. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  10. Thanks for the images and commentary on Switzerland, Cindy. I do admire your photographic talents. For example, the image of the moving cyclists taken from a moving train. Excellent work!

  11. Your photos remind me – whilst in Borneo a convoy of Swiss cyclists stayed over at our hotel for a couple of nights. Only the bicycle crazy Swiss would choose to cycle around a tropical country!

    1. Laughing, we drove over the Alps a few years ago. It is serious drive and we did it on a super sunny day. There were literally many hundreds of Swiss biking over the pass, some sections are one way. My poor husband had to do the drive, dodging these bicyclists all the way up and down. It was pretty harrowing for us. Can you imagine for them? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Laughing……you are my kinda girl! The food is a big factor for me too. Thank goodness we are hiking many miles each day so I don’t gain any weight. The Swiss unlike many other countries, put scales in the guest bathrooms so I can monitor my weight. It’s doing great so far despite the rosti! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. You said it, nothing like the Swiss Alps ~ how lucky can they be. Such beauty ~ the busy travel schedule makes for a nice appetite too, so much better to enjoy the food! Such wonderful photos!

    1. I loved the drive too which we did a few years ago, this time we left the driving to the train and it was even more relaxing. You are with me in spirit and I love having you along my friend. Be well~ <3 <3

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