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Heidiland…yes it’s real!

Do you remember the movie Heidi? Long ago there was a movie about a young orphan played by Shirley Temple named Heidi who was sent to live with her grandfather in the mountains of Switzerland. Way out in the Swiss countryside lies a fascinating region once you cross over the Ricken Pass, drive past the hills of goats, sheep and cows, along half-timbered houses, past Lake Zurich and Lake Walen to the foothills of the majestic Churfirsten mountain range in the Swiss Alps…there you will find a small area that the locals call “Heidiland”.  The movie was filmed at this location.  I made the trek though the Appenzell countryside, deep into the mountains where I heard the cow bells, tasted some incredible fondue cheese, fed the goats, and hiked up the steep hills to the grounds of the little house where the movie Heidi was filmed.  It was all quite charming.  Here are a few photos…