The river flows right next to the Community of Grandchamp, a canal diverts some water through and even under the monastery, and we are also close to Lake Neuchatel.
Having all this water around, the air is saturated with humidity for many months during the gray winter.
Sometimes the nuns just get the urge to drive upward in search of the sun.
And last Sunday we did!
First you go up the Jura Mountains a few hundred meters and enter a dense band of fog.
The band of fog is even worse than our misty greyness down on the plain.
But finally, at about 1,300 meters up, you come out into the bright sunlight! Yay!
And as the hotel's name promises, at the top you have a view of the spectacular Alps way on the other side of Switzerland!
If you enlarge the photo you see the jagged alpine peaks in the distance and the rounded Jura mountains in the foreground; the white stuff in between is fog.
Lots of beautiful places to hike to.
Just across the cattle guard, one of the trails ascends.
It was freezing cold windy up there, but look at all the Swiss folks climbing up there!
The ski lift is on top. But no snow.
It's OK. We'd rather see sun than snow.
(Linking to SkyWatch Friday.)