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Dear photo friends, once more I wish all of you a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2014, good health and beautiful photos.

I was quite silent without internet during last 7 days and also during next 7 days.

I’ve taken this photo of old wooden chalet in in Swiss alpine village of Chesières, near the ski resort Villars-sur-Ollon in the canton of Vaud during the first day of 2014.

Chesieres is located at an elevation of 1,300 m above sea level, around 20km from Lake of Geneva.

The Village of Chesieres overlooks the Rhône Valley and views of Mont Blanc are clearly visible from parts of the village and the local ski area of Bretaye.

Bretaye is linked to Chesieres by the BVB railway to Villars-sur-Ollon and shuttle bus. There is also a gondola lift connecting the villages Chesieres-Villars to Roc d'Orsay, 200 m above Bretaye.

There are around 270 km of pistes for all skiing and snowboarding abilities that link over to the slopes of Gryon and to the next resort of Les Diableres, Isenau and Glacier 3000. There is also a snow park called '1984' that allows freestyle skiing and snowboarding.

The picture on the chalet wall is St. George. Saint George, born 23 April 303 AD, was a soldier in the Roman army and was later venerated as a Christian martyr.

His father was Gerontius, a Christian official in the Roman army. His mother, Polychronia was a local Christian of Palestine. Saint George became an officer in the Roman army in the Guard of Diocletian.

In hagiography, Saint George is one of the most venerated saints in the Catholic, Anglica, Eastern Othodox and the Oriental Ortodox churches.

His memorial is celebrated on 23 April, and he is regarded as one of the most prominent military saints.

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