As I’m halfway through my third week I’ve had to draw up a little list of “must-dos” and “must-sees”. Actually, I had a list before I came here, tweaked it a bit since I got here and have now made a much shorter list of “essentials”. I have my own guests coming on Friday until Sunday so will be crossing a few places off the list over the weekend. There is one place I would really like to get to and maybe it will be possible on Saturday but I am totally in the hands of my guests as I know whatever and wherever they suggest will suit me fine also.
So, today I decided to take the train to Klosters – 13 miles away and just a 25 minute journey up the Prättigau Valley. All afternoon rain threatened. It finally began to rain as I arrived ‘home’.
Klosters is really a winter village. There is not a lot to it in summer although I noticed posters for summer music events and there are lots of outdoor walking gear shops. There are also lifts up the mountains but as the peaks were hidden in cloud I decided against doing this.
Klosters is very different from its “partner-village” Davos. I could see straightaway why it’s so popular with Prince Charles and his family. All the buildings are in the chalet style so it’s low rise and all sloping roofs and geraniums. It’s very pretty.
I skipped lunch today so that I could choose a bakery or cafe or hotel terrace and treat myself to a piece of tart with a cup of tea. I settled on the terrace of the Chesa Grischuna on the main street. The restaurant was all wood and looked cosy and inviting but unless it’s tipping down with rain or freezing cold I prefer to sit outside in summer and enjoy the view. I wasn’t the only person to enjoy the food and ambience of this historic hotel.
“Greta Garbo, Gene Kelly, Anthony Perkins, and many others from Hollywood Studios visited the Chesa Grischuna
During the Second World War the Chesa Grischuna was one of the preferred [hotels]of the Gls. After the war, many returned for a holiday. At that time writers, celebrities & Movie Stars also traveled to Klosters in the Chesa Grischuna. Thus, the hotel soon became known “Hollywood on the rocks”.
The guest book has immortalized many well-known names: Juliana, the Queen of Holland and her daughter Beatrix, General Guisan, movie stars like Greta Garbo (“Mata Hari, Ninotchka”), Gene Kelly (“Singin ‘in the Rain”), Rex Harrison (” My Fair Lady “), William Wyler (” Ben Hur “), Françoise Sagan (” Bonjour tristesse “), Deborah Kerr (” The King and I “), Anthony Perkins (” Psycho “), Renee Zellweger (” Bridget Jones Diary “), writers such as Irwin Shaw (” The Young Lions “), Peter Viertel (” The African Queen “) and John Irving (” The Hotel New Hampshire “).”
The Nutli Hüschi Museum
Some shops are closed on Wednesday afternoons but the little Nutli Hüschi folk museum is open so I headed uphill to do an inspection. It’s very small and almost everything is made of wood – including, of course, the building itself.
Here are some of the artefacts made of wood :
Corner of the Living Room
Weaving loom upstairs
Baby’s extending cot bed
A cow bell selection (17th and 18th C) in the neighbouring barn. Note the wooden halters on the left – ouch!
And I love this photo from an album – turn of the 20th century school run
19th century Workawayers’ irons!