wpid-20130718_171244.jpgSt Moritz, Switzerland is an upscale town that gets a lot of skiers and other out door enthusiasts.  It is located on the East side of the country.  It is the location where you can encounter the Romanch language being spoken.  I will bet that more than one well to do German family or Italian family owns a second home in this wonderful place.  It is simply a charming mountain village.

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Yes, mam you can spend big bucks (or Euros in this case) buying real estate here in St. Moritz.20130719_111149

There is a nice lake on the North side of town.  Alpine mountains can be seen in all visual quadrants.  There are many ski resorts nearby.  There is a tram to take tourists up the steep mountains with out getting their little feetsies dirty.   We walked around a portion of the lake after a long all day train ride called the Glacier Express.    One end of the Glacier Express terminates in St. Moritz and the other end terminates (or begins in our case) in Zermatt.   We never clould get a clear answer to our pre-trip question as to the possibility of jumping off the Glaicier Express and picking it up the next day, so we gave up the idea.  I wanted to stay in one of the rustic mountaineering huts that is operated by the Swiss Alpine Club and possibly co-operated with the German Alpine Club.  You can hike the entire Alps and go from Alpine Hut to hut and stay in the wilderness the entire way.  Many of the huts are operated by families that live in the remote areas.  Some of the huts are do it yourself shelters where everyone with a reservation helps keep up the maintenance on the place, but no one lives there.  See the Swiss Alpine Club on the internet to get more information.

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The Swiss people make a lot of things out of wood that in the East of the Atlantic North American country would be made from prefabricated molded materials that might not last as long.

Like the following artwork in the park by the lake that is designed to get ooohs & aaaahhhs out of the carpenter in us all, I think.20130718_195752

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I found an antique sled or slay in the information office at the train station.  I presume that it was pulled by a one horsepower machine with four legs and horse shoes, or perhaps by a team of dog sledding canine work dogs.  I just don’t know for sure.

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I was fascinated by a building technique that I had never seen before.  According to our tour guide, the etching of artwork and symbols directly on the outside of stucco services dates back to the Roman times.  The following pictures captures this interesting builders “art form”.  Get out your chissle and try this at home.  It might turn out nicely.  Some times I had to look twice because my eyes were telling my tourist brain that I was looking at something other than etchings on stucco.  Hay, maybe this idea came from the early cave men and women who used to carve on the rocks inside their caves?  (who knows? Not I, Bunkie).  Who is that Bunkie dude anyway?  Well, back at the ranch,  I implore you to check out these need stucco are projects.

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The next building is not part of the stucco are project.  Just a reminder, if you want to build a building that will last for centuries, use rock.  It takes rock a very long time to break down in the sun and rain.  I’m not sure why I kept on seeing all of these high spires build on the tops of buildings.  It reminds me of the Jimmy Hendrix song “All along the Watchtower”.  I guess long ago (or not so long ago) people would want to get high in the sky to see when bad guys were coming into town.  An of course, you must have an occasional damsel in dress in the tower to spice up a romance story from time to time.   I am not sure that I would want to have an office on the fourth floor of this building because of the limited floor space.  Hay, I know, they might have used these common tower things as storage garages.  You could put all your stored wheat, corn, dried fish and tons of beer in your own tower turret.  Again I say, who knows.
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We stayed in a wonderfully newly remodeled International Hostel in St. Moritz.  I was walking around looking at the quality of the building structure, the fixtures and the furniture in the various public areas and I had an economic feeling that this nice place could not have been build by the meager funds provided by the International Hostel tourists.  I could smell Swiss government money in the project.  This suspicion was verified by an inquiry at the front desk.  I guess that the Swiss government wants everyone to come to Switzerland and enjoy this wonderful place.

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View out the window of the International Hostel.  They had a fabulous cafeteria style breakfast and dinner each day with a large selection of anything that I thunk that I needed.  The extra food came in at the reasonable price of “nuttin” because it was included in the price for the room.  So what if you have a bathroom down the hall and a shower down the hall.  This place is fantastic.  Just happy to be alive and in such a wonderful location.  It was nice that they spoke German too.  Swiss German has a reputation for not being the “proper German” language like they speak in Northern Germany.   We could notice the difference.  But so what if people in one region do not like the way people talk in another region.  Just think of those wonderful and hard working people in the U-“nit”ed States of Amerika that come from the states of Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee or George.   Some folks in New Yuck (I mean York) do not like how they talk either.  Just remember,  “It’s a small world after all”…image

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We shipped things home that we bought along the way so that we did not get over weighted with luggage, souvenirs, sows-ears and crapola.
(Crapola, an old Italian term picked up by the Romanch Language and used to signify a larger quantity of personal property that contains questionable value.  Don’t bother looking it up, it likely says that it is one of them “colloquial phrases”.  So, put that in your colloquial pipe and smoke it, buddy). 

     We went to a post office to ship some things home and I could not believe all the things that were being sold in the “post office’.  Cell phones, travel accessories, electronics, Swiss Army knives and a ton of other things that I thought should be better left to the free enterprise system instead of the government post office acting like a competitor to free enterprise business owners and investors.  It did not sound all that fair for competition in my view. The following picture is of a “post office”, M8.

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If your in St. Moritz and those little “horns” start coming out of your either side of you forehead because of excessive hormones), then you might like shopping at Sabadinni’s retail outlet.  Why?

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Because they have the best selection of horn furniture that you can find anyplace in doors.  And you do not even have to wrestle with an elk or a dear to beat them out of their horns for your alleged artwork project.  Sabbadini’s has taken care of all that effort for you.  All you need to do is plunk down your money and walk away with the set of horns of your dreams.
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Ok, that’s it.  I quit.  Now they have even invented stop lights for the two footed pedestrians among us.  That’s what I call discrimination, I tell ya.

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Take a Rexer, and leave the driving to us.  No relation to the author and editorial commentarian.

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This following lady has been waiting at the train station way too long for her lover to come back “someday”.   Give it up lady.  Go out and get some rock n roll music for pete sake.

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OK, before you start pestering me as to what the “mischievous Rex” sign says…I’ll go ahead and tell, ya.   It says the following ( and I quote):  Wie im Flug durchs Rheintal: Der neue REX ist da.   Der neue Rheintal-Express zügiger, moderner, komfortabler,      ssb.ch/rex
( just kidding, Y’all already new it said that, but you wanted it in good old British [fuddy-duddy] English, right?)  So… here it is…

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As in flight through the Rhine Valley:   The new REX is there.
The new Rhine-Express spacious, modern, comfortable,       ssb.ch / rex
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OK, now you want to know why the ssb.ch is not www.ssb.com,right?  Well, as you recall from a previous post that the abbreviation for Switzerland is and always has been CH  for Confederation Helvetica.   For that reason, Swiss based web sites are always .ch and not .com.  and SSB is a big train system in Switzerland.

SBB AG, Swiss Federal Railways (Located on good old) Hochschulstrasse 6 3000 Bern 65,
Telephone +41 (0)51 220 11 11.
Oh, by the way, the German word in the above street name “Hochschulstrasse” means “University Road” in good old British [fuddy-duddy] English.

.Well this is the end of my story, and (you guessed it), I’m sticken to it.

Ende

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