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Friday, 14 July 2017

Sion capital of the Valais

In early June during our weekend in Heidi’s Country, we went to the magnificent capital of the Valais, Sion.

Sion is one of the most surprising medieval towns. It is surrounded by mountains, it has hilltop castles and a shopping artery full of temptations. For visitors, a tour on the tourist train is a good idea to discover the city, it takes you to the foot of the two castles which overlook the city.

We had a lovely day and we promised to come back to try a renowned restaurant that serves local specialties and do some shopping.

I let you admire Sion through the photos I took.

To climb up Mont Valère one passes through the old town of Sion which is a succession of picturesque alleys.




The Mont Valère on which the castle stands presents an interesting multitude of flora and fauna. It also offers beautiful panoramic views.

Can be seen from afar the Tour des Chiens (in English the Dog’s Tower - what a weird name).

Views of Tourbillon Castle from the top of Mont Valère. 

Valère Castle this fortified community encloses the homes of the canons of the church. It houses the Valais History Museum, cultivated terraces, a medieval garden, a mill, a barn and a cistern... and breath-taking panoramic views over the city of Sion and the Valais and the surrounding mountains such as “Haut de Cry” (2976 m high).


The Church of Notre Dame at the summit of Mont Valère built during the 12th-13th century and elevated to the rank of minor basilica by Pope Jean Paul II in October 1987. 

Inside the Church of Notre Dame you can admire the oldest organ in the world that can still be played.... The beautiful altar will soon be open to the public...

The Valais History Museum offers a complete panorama of the life of man in the Valais, from his origins to the present day. The tour allows visitors to discover local treasures of cantonal and national importance.

Tourist train a good idea to discover the city, it takes you to the foot of the two castles that overlook the city.

The main street “Rue du Grand-Pont”, the tempting shopping artery

An address not to miss, “Oil & Whiskey” is a store for fans of gourmet, artisanal and exceptional products.


 The beautiful Town Hall...

L' Enclos de Valère the restaurant that we are hoping to try...

Cathedral Notre-Dame du Glarier inside there was a beautiful wedding ceremony.




26 comments:

  1. You're so right though, it is an unbelievably charming village. You two seem to live life to the fullest. Lol

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    1. I can well say that we live-for-the weekend... hahaha

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  2. That does sound like a good day! :) Medieval town, nice gourmet shops and so on...
    This casual look is sublime! I dream of having this kind of sandals! where did you buy that from?

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    1. I ordered these Tropéziennes sandals online at Zalando. They are cute and comfortable :)

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  3. I discovered the old town of Sion one Christmas holiday and was captivated by it. Your photographic excursion really captures it well and brings back fond memories. Thank you.

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    1. Ohhhh, thank you so much for your compliment on my photography :)

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  4. Coucou ma belle !  Sion est vraiment une belle ville. Tu t’habilles vraiment trop bien !! Tous tes vêtements me font envie… Gros bisous et bon weekend  <333 Chantal

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    1. C'est très gentil Chantal...Ce sont des vêtements de bonne qualité et pas chers. Bises :)

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  5. Um lugar maravilhoso. Gostei muito desta viagem em modo de foto/reportagem!
    Beijo

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  6. Stunning! I would like to know the story of how the Dog's Tower got its name.

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  7. Hello !
    Ta tenue est juste magnifique j'adore !
    Et puis les photo sont juste splendide je ne connaissais pas du tout cette ville !
    Bisous!!

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    1. C'est très gentil de ta part... Sion est une ville qui vaut la peine d'être visitée :)

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  8. Really interesting post! Thanks for sharing)

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  9. Ah là là, une fois encore tes photos me donnent envie de partir à l'aventure ! Sion est vraiment magnifique et tu es rayonnante aussi, j'adore ta tenue. Bisous et à bientôt :)

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  10. Uma reportagem fotográfica, absolutamente fascinante!
    Este será um daqueles posts, para apreciar ao pormenor, com estas incríveis imagens, desta cidade de sonho!
    E o look... perfeito!!! Descontraído, prático e elegante...
    Beijinhos
    Ana

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    1. Obrigada Ana! É sempre um passeio muito agradável. Beijinhos :)

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  11. Uma localidade muito bonita e interessante e gostei de ver a minha amiga.
    Um abraço e boa semana.

    Andarilhar
    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

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    1. Muito obrigada Francisco, fico muito feliz. Um abraço :)

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  12. ahh, this architecture!! i've been in a city for too long, and am yearning to go explore places like this right now (:

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  13. Thanks for the great post! Have a nice day)

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