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Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Mosaic Monday - Swiss Travel Dog

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While on a somewhat blogging hiatus over the recent holidays I was trying to come up with some fresh post topics for the new year.  Here's my first effort:  Dog a Day.  Whenever I travel I miss my dog(s) that are left at home.  So, not far into the trip I'm looking for dogs to pet and photograph no matter what country I'm traveling in.  To begin this series I give you the Swiss Bernese Mountain Dog from a 2008 European trip.

Spotted this grand dog at an outdoor café in the historic center of Lucerne, Switzerland.  The Bernese is as much a symbol of Switzerland as its red cross flag (flying from buildings in top left photo), chocolate, and fine timepieces.  The Reuss River runs through the historic city center and cafes and shops line either side of the river where the Swiss enjoy the outdoors.  The flower decked wooden Chapel Bridge spans the river and provides a beautiful walkway.  This wooden bridge is one of the oldest in Europe, built in the 1330s.  The inside bridge roof is covered with very old paintings.  Middle right photo was taken from a cruise boat on Lake Lucerne and is the classic Swiss landscape of small wooden farmhouses and chalets nestled into the steep mountainside.  Lower right is a shot of the cloud-covered Alps.  I took this pic from the summit of Mount Pilatus near Lucerne.  Getting to the summit involved thrilling rides in a cable car, ski lift AND aerial gondola!  Think you'll agree that the view was worth the effort.

So, I hope you enjoyed this first Dog a Day post.  If so, come back next week.  Who knows where we'll go-Russia, Italy, France, New Zealand? 

Linking to Mosaic Monday


eileeninmd said...

Beautiful scenic photos from your Switzerland trip! The Bernese Mountain dog is a gorgeous dog. wonderful post, have a happy week!

EG CameraGirl said...

Bernese Mountain dogs are fun - a friend used to have one. ;)

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

It will be fun to see the dogs along with the countries you've traveled.

Brian King said...

I've never seen one of these in person, but I've heard they are excellent dogs.

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

hey there. hope you are having a great New Year!! i have been meaning to stop by. here i am ... hope your week is going well.

big big hugs. ( :

KarenB said...

Hi Faye,
I'm having trouble getting into a consistent blogging pattern again myself. I have considered stopping. Anyway, I have been to Lucerne and on the bridge and on the cog railway up to Mt. Pilatus!! Where I had a chocolate croissant. Woah. That was A M A Z I N G. I hope all is well with you and you ear staying warm!

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Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Surely this is a site well worth seeing.

Molly said...

Hello Faye,
We have friends with a Bernese Mountain Dog. They are quite majestic,

NatureFootstep said...

where have you been? I´ve missed you!