Tulipes festival Morges Switzerland

Set in the Parc de L’independence, just behind the beautiful Château in Morges, the annual Fête de la Tulipe starts this weekend and runs from 1st April to the 14th May. This leaves ample time for the different species of tulips (approximately 300 in total) to bloom (very much weather permitting, as cold weather can often delay this).   In addition to 120,000 tulips on display, other spring bulbs such as daffodils and hyacinths can also be seen at this beautiful lakeside setting.

Gruyère 1st of August

The first of August is the national day of Switzerland. I was at Gruyere a medieval and picturesque town. Maybe you know the cheese gruyere. It comes form that village and that region.

One event of that day is traditionaly playing Alphorn and playing with swiss flag.

 

 

The typic food of Gruyere is meringue with cream of Gruyère. It was really good sweet. Cow eat green grass of the Alp product quality milk and cream. Such dessert cost 9.90 Fr (10 USD or 8.50 €).

The village of Gruyere has really interesting building and architecture.

Some houses are very old. You also have a castle.

 

Yverdon

Yverdon is the second most important town in the Canton of Vaud. It is famous for its thermal springs and is an important regional centre for commerce and tourism.

 

 

The imposing main walls and their four towers were erected within a few years. The design of the castle followed the geometric characteristics used for castles set in plains

 

 

Walking in the center we can see very old house. This house was build in 1675 more than 300 years old

   

Referendum of Sovereign Money in Switzerland

On 10th June 2018 Switzerland will be the first country in the world to have a national referendum on the introduction of Sovereign Money.

The sovereing money is a reform to the banking system that would remove the ability of banks to create money, in the form of bank deposits, when they make loans. It would transfer the ability to create new money exclusively to the state, creating what we have termed a ‘sovereign money’ system.

Sovereign money is issued by a state authority, in Europe a national bank, or the European Central Bank (ECB). Today, sovereign money exists in the form of cash (coins and banknotes) and non-cash central-bank money, called reserves. Such reserves, however, circulate on bank accounts with the central bank only, not on customer current accounts with banks.

Supporters of the initiative, known as the “Vollgeld” or the Sovereign Money Initiative (SMI), say approving the measure would make the financial system safer by preventing bankers from recklessly lending and putting people’s savings at risk — again.

That’s because the change would make it much harder for commercial banks to extend credit, effectively creating cash. Instead, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) would become the monopoly provider of Swiss francs.

However, opinion polls indicate SMI will not receive enough votes to pass. Around two-thirds of the Swiss electorate is expected to vote against the plan, which SNB Governor Thomas Jordan has described as a “dangerous cocktail.”

 

Personaly I voted Yes

Swiss median monthly salary is CHF6,500

In Switzerland half of the employee earn more than 6500 Fr and half less.

The gross salary of CHF6,502 is what a full-time employee in Switzerland would earn on the assumption that half of his or her colleagues earn more, and the other half earn less. That represents a CHF313 pay rise relative to 2014, when the last statistical office survey was conducted.

However, this median value masks significant disparities between different economic sectors and the various regions of the country.

Remuneration levels are significantly higher than the median salary in high value-added activities such as the pharmaceutical industry (CHF9,835) or financial services (CHF9,742). At the bottom of the pay scale are retail trade (CHF4,798), hotels and restaurants (CHF4,337), and personal services (CHF4,076).

To claim a larger fortune at the end of the month, it would appear better to live in canton Zurich (CHF6,869) than in Ticino (CHF5,563). But this doesn’t factor in cost of living: much higher, for example, on Zurich’s “Gold Coast” than south of the Alps.

Morges

 

Morges is situated in the western part of Switzerland between Lausanne and Geneva. The city was build by Louis de Savoie in 1286.

The castle in the south of the town square was built with a square floor plan and four round corner towers. It resembles the castle of Yverdon, which may have served as a model for Morges Castle.

 

On of the beautiful place to walk is the lake promenade. You can see the Mont Blanc

The city’s annual Tulip Festival celebrates the return of spring with 100,000 tulips in beds remarkable for their colour, in the 30,000m2 of the Parc de l’Indépendance.

 

 

Basel

Located where the Swiss, French and German borders meet, Basel also has suburbs France and Germany. The Basel agglomeration was the third largest in Switzerland with a population of 537 000

The city is known for its many internationally renowned museums, ranging from the Art Museam Kunstmuseaum. Basel has often been the site of peace negotiations and other international meetings. The name of Basel is derived from the Roman-era toponym Basilia. The Old French form Basle was adopted into English, and developed into the modern French Bâle. The language spoken in Basel is german first or specificaly swiss german. The second language is Italian and franch.

 

Bicylce parking near the train station. Basel is bicycle friendly.

 

Headquater of Panalpina

As german is the main language we can read sometimes multilinguage information. This one is interesting with the font. The german choose the german gothic. The french font is quite interesting and uncommom. Itilian writing is more standard.

 

Basler Rathaus

 

 

 

 

 

Vevey

Situated at the east of Geneva lake, Vevey should be visited. You have all. A beautiful lake, huge mountain and so many things to discover. Vevey and Montreux is really near each other.

 

Vevey is the place of headquater of Nestlé. the largest food company in the world and the largest company in Switzerland.

The symbol of Vevey is that big fork. On this place you have Alimentarium the food museum

Montreux is a city where Nicolas Gogol a famous russian and ukrainian writer, From 1836 to 1848 Gogol lived abroad, travelling through Germany and Switzerland (here in Vevey).

Vevey was the home of Charlie Chaplin where he choose to reside as refugee. In this town you can visite Charlie Chaplin museum.

Vevey is an international city. You can hear many languages in the streets and in Café. English, Portuguese, German, French of cource, Italian, Russian etc…