Le Chic En Rose

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I opened up the “West Australian” newspaper yesterday morning to find an interesting article on the 125th anniversary of the Glion Rochers-de-Naye Railway, which we visited back in May (see here and here for previous posts).

Quoting from the article,

“The land painting entitled, “A Story Of The Future” by French artist Saype, depicts a girl reading a book. The artwork covers about 6000 sq metres and was produced with more than 600 litres of bio degradable paint made from natural pigments”.

The anniversary celebrations are taking place this weekend and you can read more about the artist and his unusual style of work here. With snow still covering the ground at Rochers-de-Naye summit station back in May, he must have worked quickly to get the painting completed in time!


Approaching Rochers-de-Naye Station


Back to my intended post for the week – continuing on our journey up to see the Matterhorn. After our pleasant lunch in Zermatt (see here), we headed off back to the Bahnhofplatz in the village centre to catch the electric cogwheel train that chugs up the mountain line to Gornergrat. The mountain station is 3089 metres above sea level and it takes just over half an hour to get there.

We had pre-purchased our tickets on arrival at Zermatt – a good move as the train is popular at any time of year and if you want to be sure of a seat make sure to arrive at the platform in plenty of time.

Suffice to say the journey on the little orange train was one of the most memorable we’ve ever done. These photos are just a quick preview with more to follow!


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17 thoughts on “Glion Rochers-De Naye – “Story of the Future”

  1. restlessjo says:

    What a colossal piece of work, Rosemay! Just conceiving of it, then getting it done, is quite beyond me! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Hope you had a happy weekend.

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    1. I know Jo really can’t imagine how you’d go about constructing a painting on this scale on a mountain! It’s considered a form of street art and he has done similar works before. I just thought it was too much of a coincidence having been there in May and done a couple of blog posts on the area! It really is a colossal piece of work – I wonder what it would look like close up. Yes had a good weekend – a bit of a scare on our morning walk by the sea as we encountered a small snake sunning itself by the side of the path. I didn’t see it but apparently nearly trod on it and mercifully the dog didn’t try and go for it! It’s the time of year, when they are waking up from their hibernation, that they can appear. Other than that a pleasant and uneventful weekend. Hope you’re having a good one too πŸ˜ƒ


  2. That artwork is just incredible Rosemary, just read your link and incredible the artist started as a graffiti artist!! Lovely picture of you and your daughter – those views are stunning too, looking forward to seeing more.

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    1. It’s fascinating isn’t it Joy – a sort of street art genre!! Thanks – the views were amazing have so many photos so will have to whittle them down to fit in another post! πŸ™‚

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  3. Coral Waight says:

    How fabulous. That’s a mountain I definitely want to add to my list.

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    1. Always love the Alps Coral – really anywhere round here is delightful πŸ™‚


  4. kayrpea61 says:

    Yet another one for my “to do list”. Thank you for sharing, Rosemary

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    1. You’re very welcome Ken – mountains, lakes and trains always appeal! πŸ™‚

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  5. RuthsArc says:

    The land painting is stunning, isn’t it. The Matterhorn is rather impressive too πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes the painting is amazing Ruth – such an interesting concept and the Matterhorn trip was a memorable day out! πŸ™‚

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  6. Anabel Marsh says:

    I love this hillside painting too – anything to do with reading gets my instant approval of course! I assume the biodegradable paint means it will disappear naturally over time?

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    1. Yes it’s a wonderful painting of the little girl reading a book Anabel (not an iPad!) – a lovely concept πŸ™‚ I assume that’s what it means that the painting will naturally fade over time and disappear in the end. With the weathering it would get in the high Alps I’m not sure how long it would last – maybe just over the summer months?


      1. Anabel Marsh says:

        It’s a great idea. There’s a farm next to the motorway to Edinburgh which has eg painted poppies in November, and I assume it’s the same kind of paint. Sometimes the sheep have even been painted to match!

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        1. I hope the sheep don’t mind!!


          1. Anabel Marsh says:

            If they do, they aren’t saying!

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