Paradiesli vacation chalet & exceptional jodeling

August 8, 2017 — No comments

Shortly after leaving the city of Lucerne along the lakeshore in southerly direction I enter Sarnen valley with its own glittering, emerald-green lake. The landscape opens up wide with wildflower meadows gently climbing in hilly ondulations to the Pilatus massif on one side and Stanserhorn on the other.

Quaint villages with traditional houses around cobblestone squares dot the landscape. Most every sun-burnt, wooden chalet bursts an array of red and yellow flowers from its windows or front garden. The freshly washed laundry is merrily fluttering in the wind and the white washed little chapel on the top hill proudly holds court over the valley at its feet.

Paradiesli vacation chalet

Paradiesli vacation chalet

This is the setting in which Paradiesli vacation chalet is located on a narrow country lane, winding its way up the northern hills above the village of Kerns.

I feel privileged to have spent a week there, watching the sun rise at one end of the valley and set at the other, or witness the fascinating spectacle of a fast moving thunderstorm unleashing its power from east to west, dissipating as quickly as it arose, leaving behind an energized, fresh smelling world.

You may fall in love as I did with the simple yet everything-you-could-ever-want-layout of the chalet: sun-flooded rooms all day; a terrasse with a happy red canvas cover to keep you shaded & comfortable; an open space, practical sitting/dining room/kitchen area with a charming fireplace; two bedrooms that guarantee peaceful sleep and happy dreams. Paradiesli vacation chalet is aptly named and I would add the as a second name bliss to it. But there is more to it yet!

Eva Mettler, chalet owner & exceptional yodler

Eva, the owner of the two-apartment rental chalet, happened to be holidaying on the lower floor when I moved in. We became fast friends and Eva knocked me off my socks when we went swimming together in the silken-green lake Sarnen the first morning and she started to yodel in the middle of the lake! Eva is a singer with an exceptional voice and the reverberation from the valley was phenomenal. I couldn’t help but feel stunned and deeply moved! Being yodeled to in the midst of this pristine lake, surrounded by an exceptional landscape, topped off with a steel blue sky is an experience I won’t forget anytime soon!

Paradiesli Chalet, KernsYodelling is Eva’s passion since she’s been seven years old and when one of Switzerland’s foremost yodel composers and teachers – Marie-Therese von Gunten – heard Eva sing, she recognized her talent. In Eva’s words: “Marie-Therese has helped polish the diamond within me.”

St. Wendelin’s Chapel- the perfect place to yodel

Listen to and watch Eva’s yodelling in the above video while she plays the accordion at St. Wendelin chapel in Ramersberg. “No chapel or church in the area is safe from me as the acoustics are tops,” laughs Eva. The yodeler is frequently asked to perform but prefers to teach yodeling and conduct open space yodeling in the local communities.

If you’re so fortunate as to meet Eva when you rent her Paradiesli vacation chalet, please say hello from me – and who knows what might happen!

I’m tempted to suggest that you plan a stop at Eva’s Paradiesli next time you’re traveling in Switzerland. I’m confident you will leave a comment below when you do!

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Photos & video Silvia Schoch

Interior photos provided by Eva Mettler

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Paradiesli Chalet, Kerns
Paradiesli Chalet, Kerns
Paradiesli vacation chalet
Paradiesli Chalet, Kerns
Paradiesli vacation chalet
Paradiesli vacation chalet
Paradiesli vacation chalet


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