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Sunday, April 25, 2010

A Lovely Swiss House for Us

I’ve been remiss in relating the details of our next year’s adventure that are coming together. But we have now officially signed a rental lease and sent it back to our Swiss landlord, and I can share the news and photo.

Zeus’ brother (we’ll call him Poseidon – ha!) did some house hunting for us, and after visiting a few duds found this lovely abode in the natal village. It’s about 5 minutes walk from Zeus and Poseidon’s parents’ home, 5 minutes from the village school, 10 minutes from the train station, and 5 minutes walk from the border with France.


More importantly, it is in our price range and it will fit all of us nicely with some room to tuck in some guests as well.  Even more wonderfully, it comes with a large garden and orchard and looks out on more countryside. We shall go have picnics in the orchard, and if we can’t afford any food, we shall live on apples and plums and raspberries. Here is a wintry view looking back through the raspberry canes to the shed and orchard. How the cockles of my heart were warmed when I heard about the raspberries!

Derrière la maison We should probably give the house a name, but I’m not sure what yet. Or perhaps it already has one – Swiss people often give names to their houses names which makes me quite happy. This one is on a road called Les Pommerats – which translates roughly to Apple Alley. It is quite near to Chemin des Queue-du-Loup – Wolf’s Tail Road. Isn’t that delightful?

If you look at a map of Switzerland, (outlined in yellow)Boncourt is quite at the edge of it, in landscape that’s more rolling French countryside than alpine slope out of Heidi. And actually geographically, it is turned much more toward France, as there is a lower mountain range – the Jura - between it and the rest of Switzerland.

Map picture

But if you look at a map of Western Europe, you will find that our village is almost smack dab in the middle. How the travel possibilities abound! Here it is:

Map picture


  1. Wow! Cool! I love seeing the maps...and the pictures are so helpful too.

  2. Looks like it's going to be great. How exciting!!

  3. Oh it seems so real now. I'm crying.

  4. Well, three months later, I am getting around to reading a few blog posts again...and I find out where you are going to live! Or are now living, I suppose - I have to keep reading to find out!!! Exciting. This looks to be 2 hours and 13 minutes from our house!!! Who should visit whom first? You are extra super duper welcome to come and stay over a weekend at our house anytime...we do have one set of houseguests coming, but other than that...I can't wait! And we must come see your new abode as well, and get our French fix...5 minutes walk from the border????? I'm more than slightly envious... :-)