Swiss Alpine Horns

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0506509

May 7, 2011

This is my fifth post about my dream vacation to Switzerland. I decided to feature the Swiss Alpine Horns. They are quite unusual. The first time I heard the Alpine Horns was on the train after I left the arrival gate at the Zurich Airport. When the train stops you can hear the horns blow - but I didn't know that at the time. The cows moo and their bells ring, which of course I recognized.  Because these sounds were recordings, I didn't understand or know that these were the sounds that make up the culture of Switzerland. Nor did I know that these were the sounds used to greet visitors or welcome people home.

It wasn't until I walked the mountainsides during an evening walk on my second Sunday here that I heard actual Swiss Alpine Horns in the evening. The sound floated through the air like something I never heard before. It was truly something worth hearing.

On one of my solo walking hikes I wandered into a Swiss Alpine Horn shop where I met the owners who were working in their shop. I didn't speak German; they spoke little English. However, the men let me walk around and examine the horns. We smiled and nodded a lot. The one man was especially proud of his horns and lifted them up for me to get a better look at the art work and the quality of the horn. And when he played it, I felt as if it was as close to being serenaded by something that wasn't human or made by human hands. In that moment, I was altered because of the fresh scent of the hand carved Swiss Alpine horns and the notes that became absorbed into my body and soul with a sound that could have pushed me off the edge of the summit plateau.  Conversations were muted. Thoughts of anything else were silenced. All that there was, was a sound that passed through me

Lucky for me, I heard the Swiss Alpine Horns as I took my final late night stroll with my daughter and son-in-law through the countryside, where the sheep and cows bells chimed in, making sounds that made an indelible imprint in my heart that sounded like a magic kingdom. This was a beautiful night and the weather was perfect. The sounds were supreme. For one last time, I stared at a Chalet and thanked God for all the beautiful wonders here on earth.

I was happy! I was really, really happy. I could see myself feeling at home behind the windows with the shutters. For this felt like peace, the peace I yearned for.

Switzerland is a canton, a place with a heart all its own. As I walked vales and primeval hills down the country hillsides, I was mesmerized by its simple beauty. All around me were farms and the patchwork fields used for farming. Amidst the clouds the Alps poked their sharp peaks up with pride. And I walked behind, and sometimes side by side, my daughter Carrie Ann and her husband Marco who paved the way, down the road, to where they live.  How could I leave them?  

All photos and written content were produced by Patricia Feager. Copyright 2011 - All Rights Reserved. This content may not be reproduced or reprinted, except for Active Rain Re-blogging, without express written permission of Patricia Feager, REALTOR®, Keller Williams Realty, Flower Mound, TX.

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Patricia, your journey sounds heart warming and thrilling all at the same time.  So glad you went and it felt so goo.

May 07, 2011 05:40 PM
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Navona, I think what moved me the most was seeing hand made quality products and not cookie cutter material things that you pay a lot of money for, made in the same countries Americans are used to getting their products from, only to have them fall apart.

This was art! This was craftsmanship's! This was real! The sound was like nothing I ever heard before. The smell was fresh and clean. The pride of ownership stood above anything I experienced before, like fine soldier boys with their toys.

This trip came at a time when I needed it the most. It felt GOOD!

Patricia

May 07, 2011 05:49 PM
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I'm tripping on those horns Patricia, they are so lovely and I am sure their sound is exquisite. Lucky you to see this part of the world and such spectacular pictures for all of us.

May 07, 2011 06:14 PM
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Hi Patricia - Glad to see that Gandolf was there at the same time as you.  : )  Isn't it amazing how you don't need a common language to marvel at works of art?  I have heard the horns in Aspen, Colorado, and they are beautiful to behold and hear!  Really enjoying your travels!

May 07, 2011 09:37 PM
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Just stopping by to wish the women in our lives Happy Mother's Day!

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May 08, 2011 08:49 AM
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Gary,

Yes! It was an excursion of a lifetime! Now I know exactly what I'd do if I ever win the lottery. I'd leave everything behind except a backpack, some good hiking boots, wool socks and of course my camera! I'm still tripping too!

Patricia

May 08, 2011 09:12 AM
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Chris,

As you don't have to speak the same language or from the same country to fall in love either. My daughter and her husband are proof of that!

Isn't life amazing! Now I want to be a Globe Trotter!

Patricia

May 08, 2011 09:14 AM
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Russel, that's very kind indeed!

Patricia

May 08, 2011 09:15 AM
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That must have been a wonderful trip to see stuff like that which you just don’t see here in the United States.

May 08, 2011 07:40 PM
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Patricia,

Beautiful photo essay of the alpine horns. Too bad you couldn't have included an audio clip. :)

Steve

May 09, 2011 01:14 AM
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Steve,

I wish I knew how to do a video clip. It would have enhanced this post. I also wish I had the ability to communicate with those men. I know I could have learned a lot from them.

Nonetheless, it was a beautiful experience. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Patricia

May 09, 2011 01:32 AM
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Thanks so much, Patricia, for sharing your experience and your photographs.

 Life is good!

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Patricia,

Congratulations. This post is featured on "Silent Saturday." :)

Steve

May 10, 2011 12:23 AM
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Thanks Steve!

I greatly appreciate it! I'll have to work on learning how to do videos!

Patricia

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Hello Patricia and I love this post, your information is very interesting and the photographs are the best!

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May 10, 2011 01:16 AM
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Vegas Bob,

Thank you! You made me happy! I appreciate it so much. I hope others enjoy the story and have opportunities to follow their dreams to places about Switzerland or other destinations. Today I plan to show and tell about my adventures climbing the Swiss Alps in search of Glaciers and finding Glacier Waters. Business first - writing pleasure later...

Have a great day!

Patricia

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Hello Patricia and you are so very welcome my friend, and you are a very "Lucky" person to have been able to visit all these places ...

VB ;o)

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Patricia, what an amazing story and pictures. I'm glad I found your post. I look forward to reading more. Thank you for a glimpse into the Swiss Alps and the Swiss Alpine Horns, which are artworks in themselves.

May 22, 2011 02:33 AM
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Pamela,

I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I'm happy to share my adventures through photographs and words. I hope you enjoy all the beauty here on earth that's meant to be, especially for you!

Patricia

May 22, 2011 10:10 AM
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Hello!

I love sound of Swiss Alpine Horn.

I do enjoy listen to Swis & Austria Yodeling Alps & Alpine Horn,German Polka.

I do Yodel lot,I'm a songwriter,I never been to Switzerland or Austria or German before,I love to go Yodelers be.

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