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Estavayer-le-Lac - The little town of frogs



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Estavayer-le-Lac is a little medieval town on the south-east bank of Lake Neuchâtel (Switzerland).

Estavayer was settled in prehistoric times, colonised by the Romans, plundered by barbarians, coveted by barons...
In Estavayer you can see many signs of its rich history: the Savoy castle from the 12th century, the Gothic abbey church and the cobbled streets.

But another feature you cannot help noticing, arriving to Estavayer, is the liking which the little town inhabitants seem to have for frogs.

The nature reserve of "Grande Cariçaie" – one of Europe's finest nature reserves – extends all the way along the south bank of Lake Neuchâtel, where Estavayer is set.
This damp habitat is home to 1000 plants and 10,000 species of animal, about a third of all the flora to be found in Switzerland and a quarter of all species of animal known in Switzerland.
And, of course it’s a paradise for frogs.

In Estavayer there is also a little and very peculiar museum where visitors can admire an unusual old collection...of frogs.

In 1850, a Napoleonic guard’s officer developed a fascination with frogs and started collecting them as a hobby.
He extracted the innards through their mouths and refilled them with sand before putting them into displays.

So we can see his 108 frogs all portrayed in scenes from everyday life.

This gallery is dedicated to Steve Mockford, Canadian biologist and photographer

The last note
The last note
Forgotten harmonies...
Forgotten harmonies...
In a common morning of April....
In a common morning of April....
Frogs, I had said The little town of frogs not of cats!
Frogs, I had said "The little town of frogs" not of cats!
Silent visit of the morning sun
Silent visit of the morning sun
From darkness to light....
From darkness to light....
The echo of a covered bridge....
The echo of a covered bridge....
Runaway....
Runaway....
Paints, brushes, groceries....
Paints, brushes, groceries....
A look over the past simple daily life....
A look over the past simple daily life....
Who did drive in this small carriage?
Who did drive in this small carriage?
Who  did forget his uniform here  a couple of centuries ago?
Who did forget his uniform here a couple of centuries ago?
A palm tree in the castle courtyard....
A palm tree in the castle courtyard....
Every open door is an invitation to go further...
Every open door is an invitation to go further...
Walking around Chenaux Castle...
Walking around Chenaux Castle...
We found a working fountain....
We found a working fountain....
No frogs in the courtyard....
No frogs in the courtyard....
How many times does the Postman ring in a quiet village?
How many times does the Postman ring in a quiet village?
Walking into the quiet path of past...
Walking into the quiet path of past...
From courtyard to courtyard....
From courtyard to courtyard....
Stairway to heaven...
Stairway to heaven...
the Château de Chenaux
the Château de Chenaux
The timeless peace of an old  room....
The timeless peace of an old room....
The peaceful ancient architecture of Estavayer...and the frogs!
The peaceful ancient architecture of Estavayer...and the frogs!
Oh, here they are...We had started missing the frogs!
Oh, here they are...We had started missing the frogs!
Definitely frogs remained out...
Definitely frogs remained out...
There are many different reasons for roaming inside an ancient church...
There are many different reasons for roaming inside an ancient church...
Stained glass windows have always a special magic....
Stained glass windows have always a special magic....
Maybe it's not the case to visit the church jumping....
Maybe it's not the case to visit the church jumping....
Oh, but in front of the church someone is jumping....
Oh, but in front of the church someone is jumping....
Let's go closer....
Let's go closer....
Even in absence of frogs the ancient church deserves a visit....
Even in absence of frogs the ancient church deserves a visit....
No frogs around????
No frogs around????
My name is Frog, Swiss Frog....
My name is Frog, Swiss Frog....
What  a fairy-tale little town looks like....
What a fairy-tale little town looks like....
Once upon a time....
Once upon a time....
Welcome to the kingdom of frogs...
Welcome to the kingdom of frogs...
The small historical Museums where frogs are displayed....
The small historical Museums where frogs are displayed....
Frogs play cards too, of course....
Frogs play cards too, of course....
Did you know that frogs are excellent billiards players?
Did you know that frogs are excellent billiards players?
Obviously frogs like feasting....
Obviously frogs like feasting....
Don't tell me you had never seen a Barber's shop for frogs!
Don't tell me you had never seen a Barber's shop for frogs!
At Napoleon's time frogs played dominoes...
At Napoleon's time frogs played dominoes...
Our Museum the frog says...let's follow the sign!
"Our Museum" the frog says...let's follow the sign!