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April 27, 2012 / TAB

A Dog Day

This morning there was a hint of sun and at least it wasn’t raining so I took a drive into Switzerland to visit the Musée et Chiens du Saint-Bernard. I once had a gentle giant named MacBeth and I wanted to see the home of his ancestors. The drive thru the mountains was so beautiful and it was difficult to keep my eyes on the narrow twisting road with few places to pull off and take photos. Then there was the drive through the mountain tunnel as the pass over top is still closed because of snow.

Martigny is the home of the museum and kennels located in an old military warehouse. It is right next to the Roman amphitheatre which you can view from the terrace of the restaurant or wander over for a closer look. On the first floor are the kennels and outdoor space for the dogs. The second level has exhibits relating to the pass, the hospice, the monks, and the dogs. On the third level at this time is an exhibit of expeditions to the North Pole, one by the museum’s benefactor, Bernard de Watteville. Items from his personal collection of native art were included in the exhibit.

I think it was only fitting that the SOS call boxes on the highway featured a St. Bernard.

As Wallace would say, It was a Grand Day out!



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  1. Paula / Jul 4 2012 10:17 am

    I’ll show this to Phil. Do you want another ‘Gentle Giant” of your very own?

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