A local stream
Swan landing in the River
A local stream
Swan landing in the River
Solothurn in Switzerland is difficult to capture on one photo with its narrow alleys and tightly knit houses. It is a so-called gothic town, and the buildings are protected. Even the streets are paved with cobblestones to keep the atmosphere. I have been living in the area or 50 years and know almost every street and tightly packed corner by name.
I always admired this window as we drove past on the way to the store with the little figures sitting on the ledge. They were huddled so close together up on the roof level of the building. Today they are no longer there. Perhaps they did fall off. They disappeared after the building had been renovated.
I went for a wheelie in my chair and found myself on the top steps leading to the cathedral. With a zoom lens ready I could focus on the main place in Solothurn from above, the local town. In the middle is a little hut which now has a carnival decoration on the top. It is the hut where hot roasted chestnuts are sold throughout the Winter. On either side there are shops and at the front a restaurant. There are always families meandering around the town. Traffic is allowed but only for bringing people to the hotels, or for handicapped, like myself, with their car. The walks are paved with cobblestones as in the town when originally built.
Starring the rose
Our old town of Solothurn is full of alleys like this one.
Here is another one
It was a difficult choice to make because wherever I look in my adopted country I enjoy the great outdoors. Whether a river, a lake or a mountain range, as the Jura in the photo, it is great and breathtaking. This photo is taken just across the road in our village, The Jura mountains are in our back yard.
Even the towns of Switzerland such as Bern, Zürich or Geneva for example have their charm. Towns built many years ago and still showing the original buildings. New buildings are only allowed with planning permission to fit into the surroundings.
Our local town of Solothurn, founded by the Romans, still has its cobblestone streets and the buildings fit together in the core.
A walk through the town, or in my case with the wheelchair, always reminds me of the wonderful assembly of the buildings that fit perfectly in their own style.
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