Market Day in Grindelwald, Switzerland

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The little village of Grindelwald is in the valley of the same name. Over it stand guard some of the mighty peaks of the Alps. One of these stands out sharply beyond the village. The village itself is 3500 feet above sea level. It is market day in Grindelwald. The Swiss from the little farms up and down the valley have gathered to trade and to visit with their neighbors. They have brought to market vegetables from their fields, and butter and cheese from their dairies. A good price is paid for these by the hotels, for tourists are plentiful here. The valley is noted for its dairying. Cattle, goats, and sheep graze on the uplands. The sheep and goats are driven to great heights on the mountain sides to crop the fresh grass. The Swiss are expert makers of butter and cheese. In this valley the forefathers of these people have lived for generations, and have driven their herds. The fine art of dairying is taught the children, who in turn pass it on to their children. You can tell by the faces of the people in the picture that they are a sturdy, thrifty race. Perhaps living in the rugged mountains makes the Swiss strong and independent. They have ruled themselves since long before our Republic came into being. They are surrounded by four large and strong countries, but Switzerland lives at peace with her neighbors. Every boy is trained in the use of arms; and small as the country is an enemy would have a hard time invading it. The passes are narrow and well fortified; and the peaks of the Alps are great natural forts that would baffle an enemy. What is the capital of Switzerland? What are its little states called? What are the four large countries that surround Switzerland? Keystone ID: 10705 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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