Posts about Wallis / Valais (Switzerland)

Happy birthday Dad!

Photo from Mum and Dad’s recent visit, when we scaled the Gornergrat… by train :) Lots of love and best wishes for a happy birthday xxx

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Castor and Pollux, Zermatt VS

Both peaks are over 4,000m (13,000 feet) above sea level and are named for twin figures from Greek mythology. Photographed from the (much more accessible) neighbouring peak at Gornergrat.

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Mattertal VS

Photographed from the train to Gornergrat. In the distance, you can just about see the result of two massive landslides at Randa, which deposited around 33 million cubic metres of rock into the valley below in 1991.

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Sion’s Castles, Wallis

The fortifications on top of the hill at Sion in canton Wallis are distinctive and easily recognizable. On the left, Chateau Valère (actually a small walled citadel, the core of which dates back to Roman times and which is named for the mother of a Roman city prefect) and on the right, Chateau Tourbillon, dating […]

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Guttet-Feschel, Wallis, Switzerland

The ubiquity of tourist information in Switzerland and the wide-ranging coverage of the internet means that it’s usually pretty easy to find out about places. However, as was the case for the Brentjong satellite station, details of this massive tower – a television and communications broadcast antenna – are, as yet, unlisted anywhere that I […]

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Zermatt, Switzerland

Any photographer offering free photos should have a good reason for doing so. This is why I’ve chosen to make a large portion of my photographic archive available for free (within reason) on Flickr: permanenttourist.ch/blog/2011/03/free-photos-and-why-im-m…

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