VALS 7132 (CH)

It’s a gem, The Therme, designed by architect Peter Zumthor.  The gaunt stones and the play of light, the absences and suggestiveness, the emptiness.

Most of all, the nothingness.  So pleasing.

The rooms and outdoor areas are filled with water of varying temperatures, and all sorts of extremely subtle variations of shape and empty space.

It’s my third visit, and now with rooms designed by Tadeo Ando and Kengo Kuma, the feel is of a ryokan in view of alpine pastures.

Here in Graubunden, the village itself has numerous stone or wooden structures with slate roofs.  In the surrounding hills are herds of cows, goats, and sheep.

Today we walked on a long and familiar path, cows nearly nose to nose, and deep in a remote valley had a picnic of fresh rolls, local cheese, an apple, and Valser Wasser.

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