What IS the Désalpe, you ask? Well, one thing Switzerland is famous for is its cows, with their clanging bells. If you have done a mountain hike in Switzerland, you have probably heard the tinkling of the bells (it really is a pleasant sound!), because the cows graze at high altitudes in the summer. However, before it gets cold, the cows are brought down to be given a warm place for the winter. Of course, why not celebrate this annual event? Hence the “Désalpe” – kind of like “un-Alp”, meaning to bring the cows down from the alps. Neat, eh?
Now, back to my five reasons.
Reason Number Two: You can try traditional Swiss raclette. (Heated raclette cheese scraped onto boiled potatoes – delish!)
Reason Number Three: You get to hear an alpen horn quartet. The mellow sound they make is beautiful – I think it’s quite a difficult instrument to play!
Reason Number Four: You get to see some traditional Swiss garb.
Reason Number Five: Most importantly, you get to experience an ancient Swiss tradition.
I wish you all a good week – I’m off to Copenhagen!