Scenes of Brienz

This post is just to give a feel for the lovely city of Brienz, including the much-preserved art of woodcarving. It’s a big deal in this area, and in Brienz was featured not only in two major studios, but in a museum dedicated to the craft. But you couldn’t turn a corner without encountering examples.

A column near the outdoor dining area of our hotel. And if you go back to first shots of the hotel, you can see the carved lintel on the building across the back garden.

A column near the outdoor dining area of our hotel. And if you go back to first shots of the hotel, you can see the carved lintel on the building across the back garden.

An ode to tourists? I am trying to remember where I captured this fellow; I think either outside the museum or the office of tourism.

An ode to tourists? I am trying to remember where I captured this fellow; I think either outside the museum or the office of tourism.

It's not Swiss without a cow, right?

It’s not Swiss without a cow, right?

He we are, heading down to the lake. It's not a long walk, really; but it is a steep descent.

Here we are, heading down to the lake. It’s not a long walk, really; but it is a steep descent. Follow us lakeside!

One of the mountain trains chugging up the rail past our hotel, seen in the distance to the left.

One of the mountain trains chugging up the rail past our hotel, seen in the distance to the left.

A little lakeside play area. We saw 2 adults playing here for every kid.

A little lakeside play area. We saw 2 adults playing here for every kid.

People-powered pumps move the water through various courses, selected by turning various valves or moving other barriers.

People-powered pumps move the water through various courses, selected by turning various valves or moving other barriers.

I trusted Theo to drive the merry-go-round.

I trusted Theo to drive the merry-go-round.

Note the grown man behind me on the pump? And Theo's orange shirt barely visible. Fun spot!

Note the grown man behind me on the pump? And Theo’s orange shirt barely visible. Fun spot!

The view of Lake Brienz from the waterpark. Somehow cameras are not capturing the shockingly torqouise color of the lake.

The view of Lake Brienz from the waterpark. Somehow cameras are not capturing the shockingly torquoise color of the lake.

Boats at Brienz.

Boats at Brienz.

A tour boat disembarking from Brienz, possibly for the waterfall across the lake.

A tour boat disembarking from Brienz, possibly for the waterfall across the lake.

Swiss eggs come ready-to-cook and precooked (picnic ready). They appear to color the cooked eggs.

Swiss eggs come ready-to-cook and precooked (picnic ready). They appear to color the cooked eggs.

It seems that the color dictates how cooked the egg is.

It seems that the color dictates how cooked the egg is. Interesting.

I really found the landscape absorbing, fascinating. The changing shades, the obscuring colors in the haze, the Six-Flags-themepark-colored water. It pushed me to take out my watercolor pencils, which are by no means a tool I use well, and try to capture SOME of what I felt and saw. I really regretted not bringing my oil pastels or pan watercolors.

Beautiful Brienz sunset.

Beautiful Brienz sunset.

More Lake Brienz.

More Lake Brienz.

Watercolor pencil sketches.

Watercolor pencil sketches.

I have hours and hours of potential art play in these photos, but nothing can really compare to watching the landscape in person. I hope you enjoyed sharing our trip with us, and next we’ll be heading out to Geneva on the way back to France.

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