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Jógvan in Switzerland – day 2

on September 3, 2009
The following day we stayed close to home and wandered around the old town in Stans, which is the capital of Nidwalden canton. It’s a town of some 15’ooo people. This is Froglet’s favourite fountain, on the wall of someone’s house. He splashed about in it a bit as he always does, and Jógvan sensibly kept clear while he was doing it!

Jógvan really wanted to have his photo taken in front of this old wall and plaque because he thought it looked pretty. The plaque’s inscription reads:

Ave civis bottmingensis. Hic versi capillus anno MMIX.

The online translator assures me that this means:

Ave citizen bottmingensis. This to whirl hair yearly produce MMIX.

Which seems unlikely. Armed with the knowledge that Bottmingen is a town elsewhere in Switzerland, would anyone like to translate for me?

Finally, we tried to take a picture of Jógvan with the church spire. Unfortunately it was very big and rather far away and he was very small and close. So we couldn’t get both. But Jógvan agreed with us that the details on the church spire were more interesting than him, just for this once.

And that’s all I have time for now. Coming soon: Jógvan’s new item of clothing and his trip up a mountain.

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3 responses to “Jógvan in Switzerland – day 2

  1. Awww…looks like he had so much fun with you guys!! Thank you so much for hosting him!! =)

  2. Henny says:

    Yayy! 😀 It seems that Jógvan also likes to see churches as well as boats. 🙂
    As for the inscription's meaning, so far that I can understand, it means: “Greetings to the people/citizen of Bottmingen. This long line/lane is dated year 2009.”
    Hope that helps a bit. 🙂

  3. I love the beautiful scenery and pictures you got while traveling in both of these posts.

    The teddy bear is a nice touch and puts a big smile on my face too, by the way!

    Glad you had a nice trip:-).

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