Jeizinen, Swiss Chalet in the Alps

17 Sep

Located at Gampel-Bratsch, Switzerland, Jeizinen is the cluster of Swiss chalets where my oldest niece, Gwynne,  made us reservations for our last two days in Switzerland.  Again, Barth had to drive the nine-person van up a road with tight switchbacks.  This time, however, we had beautiful weather.  You can see from looking at the road why a driver might be nervous about oncoming traffic




These first two pictures of the palominos were taken by my sister-in-law, Rhonda Mapes.  There’s barely enough space for two cars and then you have horses on top of everything else.  It was pretty neat to come on them without warning though.


View from Porch attached to Shalet

The stone wall of our Swiss chalet is on the left. I took the picture from the porch.

This view is the same one from a slightly different angle. Weiss Horn is in the background between the two closer mountains.

One of my regrets is not taking interior shots of the Air bnbs where we stayed. This one was the most attractive of the three, but also the most compact. Clicking on the following URL for Jeizinen will enable you to see our exact interior:

Rebecca, Anna, and Coleman had headed back to the states, so we were  down to six people.  On my right when I walked in was a chest of drawers with a marble top that I determined to be Early American or Early Attic depending on the lineage.  The wood was a honey-colered yellow.  Maybe they have an Early Swiss.  The first thing I noticed was the stairway of wrought black iron and wooden steps that that led up into the second floor.

The upstairs consisted of two bedrooms, one with its own door and a double-sized futon where Barth and Rhonda slept.  The bigger room contained about six single-sized futons with special Swiss coverlets made of a brushed corduroy on top of them–this is where Gwynne, Meghan, and I slept.

Mom slept on a sectional sofa downstairs.  We knew that having her climb the stairs would be a major mistake.  She slept under a gray blanket, similar to the heavy blankets one can buy at L.L. Bean.  The living area consisted of another antique-looking chest of drawers, the sectional and a dining room table.

The remaining pictures were all taken on a hike I took around the periphery of the camp.





Small Waterfall


Back down the hill to the chalet.


The Swiss build drains differently from Americans.  This one looks ingenious.


Light and Shade


Finally, mountain spring water!


Meghan, Gwynne, and Rhonda

I felt oddly that I was on the inside of the mountain looking at my family on the outside.



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