Left Müstair for a small village called Guarda in the Lower Engadine region.
Guarda is a municipality in Inn District in the Swiss canton of Graubünden. It has a population of 155 (in 2014).
The municipality is located in the Sur Tasna sub-district of the Inn district on a terrace above the left bank of the Inn River.
Guarda was awarded the Wakker Prize for the preservation of its architectural heritage in 1975.
I had lunch at the restaurant of Hotel Piz Buin, then strolled again in the town.
Sgraffito is a technique of wall decor, produced by applying layers of plaster tinted in contrasting colours to a moistened surface then scratching so as to produce an outline drawing.
This house is typical in the village, which is called as Ursli’s house. Children’s story “A Bell for Ursli” set in Guarda is read by children all over the world.
Schellen-Ursli (A Bell for Ursli) in Romansh Original Uorsin, is a children’s story by the author Selina Chönz and the artist Alois Carigiet. It is one of the most famous picture books of Switzerland.
“High up in the mountains, far from here, there lives a little boy just like you, in this tiny village, poor and small, his home all alone below..” The opening sentence, the story begins…
Ursli must find a big cowbell so that he can lead the spring procession through his village, so he goes alone to his family’s chalet high up in the mountains.
Selina Chönz wrote the text, the illustrations are by Alois Carigiet. The book was published in 1945.
Left the Ursil’s house, through a narrow street, for a small square.
Got out of the souvenir shop I begun stolling again. At that time, a strange thing happened. Ursli suddenly jumped out of an alley. No, probably his grandchildren. I called out to them in Romansh ” Buna saira (Hello or Good day).”
They stopped and looked up at me. I asked them “Wird ich dich nehmen unsere Fotos?” (May I take your photos.) (Is my German right?)
I said to them in Romansh “Glazia fitg and A revair (Thank you and Goodbye).” They soon vanished into the mist. Now I remember the scene and think it was a dream in fog.
A reverie in Guarda. Left for Davos.