Ballenberg

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Ballenberg is an open air museum in the Brienz region.  It is enormous – we were there for over five hours and still didn’t see everything.  The museum features homes from various regions of Switzerland that were dismantled and carefully rebuilt piece by piece.  A big task considering the age of some of them.

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There are many artisans at work in the museum.  Here cheese is being made the old fashioned way…

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The woodcarver had an impressive workshop.  This one’s for you Dad 🙂

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Gutters made from a hollowed out log, and held up with wooden brackets.

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A very old sled….

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There is an airport near the museum and a group of FA18s were roaring through the valley while we were wandering around.  The noise was unbelievable.

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Claudia did some woodwork – sawing, drilling, carving.

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Ha, this is a very old fashioned hair-curling machine.  Clearly women have suffered for beauty throughout the ages!!

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Thatched huts.  The thatch was incredibly thick.

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This compound would look right at home in Italy but is actually from the Italian-speaking Tessin region of Switzerland.  It is one of my favourite areas – mild weather, lots of sunshine, and delicious food.

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