A Walk in the Forest

I joined some of the parents at the school for a 12 km hike around the country side of the town of Aesch just south of Basel.  It has been a looong time since I’ve hiked that far at that pace, but it was so much fun!  I met some people and, I think, made some friends.

 

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A view through the fields of Aesch with a partial view of the hills.

It was a perfect day for a long hike.  Slightly cloudy and just a little cool.

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There were some gardening plots on the way out town. The plants were loaded with veggies! You can see a butternut squash peeking out behind the leaves.

 

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Some really beautiful flowers that line one of the garden plots.

Flowers and beauty are important.  I love the idea that the owners come out and cut their own bouquets for their tables. And it’s such a riot of color!

One of the best parts of the hike was the Sculpturweg, or Sculpture Way.  An artist or group of artists have carved beautiful sculptures out of dead trees and stumps along the path.  I wanted to talk pictures of every single one, but just couldn’t. There were so many!!  These are some of the more fantastic ones, but there are so many more.  They have focused on fairytale stories. You can find Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs along the path. I think I saw Rumpelstiltskin and Little Red Riding Hood with the Big Bag Wolf.   I absolutely Can.Not.Wait to take the kids here.

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The thistle fairy from one of the more well-known illustrations of the classic fairies of the wood collection. This one is my favorite.
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I think this one is Alice’s Looking Glass? I couldn’t read the name.
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This lovely castle greets you as you enter the path.
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I’m not sure who he is, but he looks like an awesome king!  Edited —  It’s Puss in Boots!!

 

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The Bremmen Town Musicians! One of my favorite Grimm’s Fairy Tale stories. If you look close you can see the Donkey, the Dog, the Cat, and the Rooster at the top. Ready to scare off the next group of thieves!

Coming out of the Sculpturweg you are back in the farmland.  There were cows (dairy) and goats and horses all over.  Unfortunately I forgot to snap photos of them.  I guess I was talking too much!

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We are about 5km from the school at this point. You can see that we can quickly go from urban to farmland in no time at all.
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More of the hills. The trees are full of apples and there are tractors plowing the fields. (which are very rocky!)

I hope I’ve given you a nice view of my part of Switzerland.  As I was walking I was hearing about all sorts of other places I should see.  Like Istanbul!  And Lucerne!  And Stuttgart!  And I can’t wait to experience them all!


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