Sunday, 23 August 2015

Day 1 Switzerland

First a travel day to fly to Zurich from Berlin where we were met by the beautiful Stephanie who then drove us to her home town of Winterthur.

We had coffee in the town then went to see the first Goddess Temple in Switzerland started by Stephanie. A wonderful nurturing space of two rooms, one used for workshops and the other a Temple to the Goddess and the Green Man who face each other in beautiful harmony to each other.

Then we went and checked into our hotels.

The next day I walked into the town of Winterthur and Stephanie picked me up and we went to see the Rhinefalls.

The Rhine Falls (Rheinfall in German) is the largest plain waterfall in Europe.

The falls are located on the High Rhine between the municipalities of Neuhausen am Rheinfall and
Laufen-Uhwiesen, near the town of Schaffhausen in northern Switzerland, between the cantons of Schaffhausen and Zürich. They are 150 m (450 ft) wide and 23 m (75 ft) high. In the winter months, the average water flow is 250 m³/s, while in the summer, the average water flow is 700 m³/s. The highest flow ever measured was 1,250 m³/s in 1965; and the lowest, 95 m³/s in 1921.

The Rhine Falls were formed in the last ice age, approximately 14,000 to 17,000 years ago, by erosion-resistant rocks narrowing the riverbed. The first glacial advances created today's landforms approximately 500,000 years ago. Up to the end of the Wolstonian Stageapproximately 132,000 years ago, the Rhine flowed westwards from Schaffhausen past Klettgau. This earlier riverbed later filled up with gravel.

About 132,000 years ago the course of the river changed southwards at Schaffhausen and formed a new channel, which also filled up with gravel. Part of the Rhine today includes this ancient riverbed.

During the Würm glaciation, the Rhine was pushed far to the south to its present course, over a hard Late Jurassic limestone bed. As the river flowed over both the hard limestone and the easily eroded gravel from previous glaciations, the current waterfall formed about 14,000 to 17,000 years ago. The Rheinfallfelsen, a large rock, is the remnant of the original limestone cliff flanking the former channel. The rock has eroded very little over the years because relatively little sediment comes down the Rhine from Lake Constance.

After a relaxing coffee overlooking the falls Stephanie drove me to Kyburg Castle (German: Schloss Kyburg) is a castle in the municipality of Kyburg and the canton of Zurich southerly of Winterthur in Switzerland. It is a Swiss heritage site of national significance.

The castle is situated above the river Töss. It is first mentioned in 1027 under the name of Chuigeburg (Castle of Cows) what points to an original use as a refuge castle.

The little village is so quiet and peaceful and full of wonderful Swiss homes.

Stephanie’s parents were married in the chapel here.

We had a wonderful home cooked meal in the village restaurant and this was the view from our table.

We then walked back through the village to the car.

We returned to Winterthur to get changed and make our way to the venue for the concert that Anique was giving tonight, singing a little jazz as well as her Goddess Songs.

The priestesses of the temple made wonderful altars to the directions in the hall before the concert. This is also the venue where the workshops on the Chakras will be held for the following two days.

The earth altar.

The air altar.

The fire altar

The water altar

The central goddess altar

Anique singing during the evening concert.

The thing that moved me the most during the evening was during Anique’s song of No Separation everybody just quietly stood and moved to be holding the person next to them. There was nobody in the room not connected in this chain of love for each other, very moving.

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