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This series of photographs is offering a short journey around Switzerland, a landlocked country geographically divided between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau and the Jura, bordering with France, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and Italy.
Switzerland (the Swiss Confederation) consists of following 20 cantons (states) and 6 half-cantons: Aargau, Appenzell Ausserhoden*, Appenzell Innerhoden*, Basel Landschaft*, Basel Stadt*, Bern, Fribourg, Geneva, Glarus, Graubünden, Jura, Lucerne, Neuchatel, Nidwalden*, Obwalden*, Schaffhausen, Schwyz, Solothurn, St. Gallen, Thurgau, Ticino, Uri, Valais, Vaud, Zug and Zurich (*=half-canton).
From each canton I’ll post 2 photos and from each half-canton 1 photo, total 46 photographs.

Vaud

The canton of Vaud is located in the southwestern part of Switzerland. It stretches from Lake Neuchatel in the north, where it borders the canton of Neuchatel upto Lake Geneva in the south, bordering the canton of Geneva and France in the west, canton of Valais in the southeast and cantons of Friburg and Bern in the north. The capital city is Lausanne.

Photo shows a typical Vaudois wooden house, one can find in many places of this canton.

Villars consists largely of wooden houses and chalets. It is also known for its boarding schools, especially for Collège Alpin International Beau Soleil and Aiglon College, two of the most expensive schools in the world.

Villars is served by the Chemin de fer Bex-Villars-Bretaye railway, featuring a Abt rack system leading from the town center to a ski piste network (1,800 – 3,000m a.s.l.).

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

Villars is located 117km south from Bern, 240km southwest from Zurich and 57km southeast from Lausanne.

You can see more photos from Switzerland on my website www.mrsphoto.net/1-PhotoAlbum/3.1-Switzerland.htm

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