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Is there a strong connection between your 'back' home and where you live in CH?

For me, it is Thomas Cook - the 'inventor' of tourism. Having lived in Leicester for so long, worked in Loughborough and now with a holiday flat in Martket Harborough- I am very aware of the history and the massive debt of gratitude Switzerland has towards Thomas. A fascinating history. His first trip for a picnic in Loughborough from Leicester was in 1843 -for the Temperance movement- it was so succesful that people nagged and nagged again until he organised others - and then he left his job to be tour organiser full time. If any of you ever visit Leicester- there is a magnificent frieze near the Clock Tower, above the Foot Locker shop - which described those early adventures, and his later tours to North Africa, starting with Egypt.

Have you read Diccon Bewes 'Slow train to Switzerland' - where he retraces the footsteps of Thomas's first organised tour of Switzerland, via Chamonix and the walk up on the terrifying rock face of the Gemi (in Leukerbad/Loèche-les-Bains) to cross from the Rhône Valley to the Bernese Alps. So much fascinating information about the history of early tourism here- including notes from one of the young Ladies on that trip (1863 if my memory serves me right).

The connection is that the Paris-Bern railway line he used for his clients' return to UK from Bern, with a stop in Neuchâtel (opened in 1861 - again from memory) - passes right in front of our house- and I think of him every time I hear the train... only 3 times a day and far enough not to be a disturbance- and not used by any other traffic).

What about you?

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Just have to wonder into any expat pub.
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LOL not 'quite' what I had in mind- but fair enough
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A bit tenuous, but in this article my hometown of Ramsbottom is rated as having one of the top chocolate festivals in the world, along with other places such as Versoix in Switzerland.

http://www.topinspired.com/top-10-ch...als-in-europe/

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Ramsbottom- what a lovely name. Never been to Lancs, would you believe. One of our son-in-laws comes from near Burnley - so time to visit perhaps
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People who have led a boring, non existing life without achivieving diddly squat.
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Also known as Tup's arse. Not quite so lovely.
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but so much more fun- who wants to lead a boring non-existing life without achieving diddly-squat hey
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Re: Is there a strong connection between your 'back' home and where you live in CH?

I read Hermann Hesse in high school.

His grave is three over from my in-laws'.

Everytime we go to tend the grave, tourists ask for directions to Hesse's.

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I read Hermann Hesse in high school.

His grave is three over from my in-laws'.

Everytime we go to tend the grave, tourists ask for directions to Hesse's.

Tom
The same with Joyce.. the amount of people pretending to have read Ulysses in Uni was hilarious. Funny in the 00s when we found out, by accident, we were in walking distance of his & Nora's grave in Fluntern/Zoo and all our Irish visitors just had to see his grave - we had to traipse up there a lot.

They should have buried him near his drinking holes down town, he would've rested better.. and an easier walk for us too
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Neuchâtel is twinned with Besançon which is also twinned with the town where I was born.
I was very surprised on my first visit to Besançon to drive through a tunnel and find the roundabouts at each end were both named after my 'home' towns.

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I found out after about 10 years of living here that Lucerne was twinned with Bournemouth (my hometown in UK), there is a post box in Schwanenplatz which says so, and this...

http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-pla...-61623728.html

And Franz Kurzmeyer (the ex-mayor of Lucerne on the plaque in Bournemouth) is my OH's uncle!

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There is an association of all the Newcastles of the world - including of course Neuchâtel. And I lived in Newcastle-under-Lyme for 4 years, after London.

We have relatives in Sidmouth, and I had to do a guided visit at a Museum here last year for them visiting their twin town - Le Locle - talk about chalk and cheese here.
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Paul Kruger, or Oom Paul as he is fondly known to South Africans was the president of the South African Republic (Transvaal) from 1893-1900. He was the Afrikaaner figurehead throughout the 2nd Boer War.

He brokered the London Convention, under which Britain recognised the independence of the South African Republic - the culmination of the Boers winning the 1st Boer War.

When the British heard of the gold discovered on the Witwatersrand they decided to renege on their recognition of the Republic (Transvaal) and tried to redefine the annexation (including Kimberley which had diamonds) - they wanted the gold and diamonds for the Empire.

This ultimately led to the 2nd Boer War. The British couldn't deal with the Boer commandos in the field, so they brought in Chamberlain who implemented his Scorched Earth policy; round up the women and children, intern them in Concentration Camps and starve them to death. All of the farms were subsequently burned down and the Boer Commandos had no choice but to surrender.

Oom Paul went into exile and ended up in a town called Clarens, Vaud where he died.

A village in the Cape, South Africa was given the same name to commemorate the Boer folk hero.
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I grew up in Pittsburgh, in the US - a town with a strong manufacturing/industry focus. In the 1980's, it transformed itself to a tech and arts focus - some really great schools training people for the arts. The arts were promoted by Andrew Carnegie, various Mellons, etc.

I now live in Winterthur, which used to have an industry focus and now has a bit more arts (lots of museums for a small city). And I think the arts in Winti were also promoted by industrialists (e.g., Reinhart)

So both are industrial cities able to sustain a transition to less industry.

Also both Pittsburgh and Winterthur are ethnically diverse.
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Cows.
The most popular breed in the (Spanish) mountain area where I come from is called "Swiss cow". The other one is "Galician Blond". Coincidence? I think not.

There is one Arousa in Galicia (Arosa in Spanish)
http://www.galiciaguide.com/Vilagarcia-de-arousa.html

There is one Melide too
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melide%2C_A_Coru%C3%B1a

And there is a Burón
http://www.maplandia.com/spain/galic...ebla-de-buron/
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Although from Yorkshire, I lived in Bedfordshire north of London for some years and the nearby picturesque village of Old Warden was built with a Swiss influence.

http://www.shuttleworth.org/story-of-the-swiss-garden/



In the same village BTW (but not related to Switzerland) is the Shuttleworth Collection, a fantastic museum housing vintage aircraft including a Bleriot. Every plane in the collection flies at least once a year. The guy who started the collection was Richard Shuttleworth who was an air ace and early Grand Prix racer (he raced in his own Alfa Romeo) and he became the inspiration for the boys fighter pilot hero Biggles (so named because the nearest town to Old Warden is Biggleswade).
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St. Gallen was founded by an Irish monk as my Mum tells me every time she comes out. James Joyce was buried in Zurich and I still regard Portrait of an Artist as a decent book.
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Although from Yorkshire, I lived in Bedfordshire north of London for some years and the nearby picturesque village of Old Warden was built with a Swiss influence.

http://www.shuttleworth.org/story-of-the-swiss-garden/



In the same village BTW (but not related to Switzerland) is the Shuttleworth Collection, a fantastic museum housing vintage aircraft including a Bleriot. Every plane in the collection flies at least once a year. The guy who started the collection was Richard Shuttleworth who was an air ace and early Grand Prix racer (he raced in his own Alfa Romeo) and he became the inspiration for the boys fighter pilot hero Biggles (so named because the nearest town to Old Warden is Biggleswade).
We always intend to stop at the Swiss garden as we drive up to Leicestershire - but have never made it so far. Thanks for that reminder. Usually stop at Wimpole or Hatfield House.

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We always intend to stop at the Swiss garden as we drive up to Leicestershire - but have never made it so far. Thanks for that reminder.
The Hare and Hounds pub in the village is a great place to stop for lunch!

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