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Aug 21, 2021 15:54:46   #
Dan' de Bourgogne
 
Things are not always what we think they could be.This is not a joke: those 3 images show an old "woody cabin" which used to be the "custom office'' between France and "Schwyz".
One could think the border between Union Européenne and Switzerland is severely guarded.
Nope!
Here, this is one of the multiple "custom offices". It sits exactly on the border line. The french side is "mountain up wards"...the Swiss side "valley downwards".
Note the exhaust pipes: located clearly on the Swiss side:it let think the Swiss authority decided to "warm up" its own border officer before the french state decided to afford such comfort to its own agent.
Note also on the ground the metallic rolls aligned in a parallel arrangement: this an "anti-cows"device . The region being a kind of "alpage" (=prairie/forst of fir trees) where cows spend the summer outside the barns, the animals divaguate freely. The herb is perhaps more green on the swiss side, so it happens the cows are going to eat the swiss herb! In order to avoid this "robbery raids", the decision was made to take appropriate action.
In fact, the rolls avoid the cows to walk on them and go over the border.
See on the swiss side of the cabin the little wood sign. It says "La Petite Echelle"...it used to be a kind of barn/refuge/part of farm in the mountain/hills, not far away upwards in France...Nowaday it is "bistro" for MTB riders and hickers.
If You want to see where this "international border office building" sits, have a look there: 46°42'28.09"North/6°19'56.30"East
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Aug 21, 2021 16:03:50   #
mundy-F2 Loc: Chicago suburban area
 
Dan' de Bourgogne wrote:
Things are not always what we think they could be.This is not a joke: those 3 images show an old "woody cabin" which used to be the "custom office'' between France and "Schwyz".
One could think the border between Union Européenne and Switzerland is severely guarded.
Nope!
Here, this is one of the multiple "custom offices". It sits exactly on the border line. The french side is "mountain up wards"...the Swiss side "valley downwards".
Note the exhaust pipes: located clearly on the Swiss side:it let think the Swiss authority decided to "warm up" its own border officer before the french state decided to afford such comfort to its own agent.
Note also on the ground the metallic rolls aligned in a parallel arrangement: this an "anti-cows"device . The region being a kind of "alpage" (=prairie/forst of fir trees) where cows spend the summer outside the barns, the animals divaguate freely. The herb is perhaps more green on the swiss side, so it happens the cows are going to eat the swiss herb! In order to avoid this "robbery raids", the decision was made to take appropriate action.
In fact, the rolls avoid the cows to walk on them and go over the border.
See on the swiss side of the cabin the little wood sign. It says "La Petite Echelle"...it used to be a kind of barn/refuge/part of farm in the mountain/hills, not far away upwards in France...Nowaday it is "bistro" for MTB riders and hickers.
If You want to see where this "international border office building" sits, have a look there: 46°42'28.09"North/6°19'56.30"East
Enjoy
Things are not always what we think they could be.... (show quote)


Back before the European union, there where guard custom stations at the entry to every country boarder crossings. They use to have the gate across the road much like the old movies.
Mundy

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Aug 21, 2021 16:42:57   #
Chout Loc: Central Texas
 
In Texas, those "rolls" are called cattle guards.

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Aug 21, 2021 16:55:29   #
Dan' de Bourgogne
 
mundy-F2 wrote:
Back before the European union, there where guard custom stations at the entry to every country boarder crossings. They use to have the gate across the road much like the old movies.
Mundy


Yes! There is always guard custom stations on each "road with normal traffic" crossing the border between Swiss and France. And the controls are quite "streng" (police+custom).

Funny with this woddy cabin is, You can leave/enter...enter/leave France/Swiss...Swiss/France as often You want...absolut freely...without neither police nor custom control! Never!
The little road is now coverd with asphalt...but few years ago, it was simply a "gravel path" through the cows herds.
In other words, this is an "open point" without control between EU and CH!
OK...very few people are aware where it is and how to get there...except the local MTB bikers and hickers...and few local farmers+ our beloved UHH's!

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Aug 21, 2021 17:00:29   #
joecichjr Loc: Chicago S. Suburbs, Illinois, USA
 
Dan' de Bourgogne wrote:
Things are not always what we think they could be.This is not a joke: those 3 images show an old "woody cabin" which used to be the "custom office'' between France and "Schwyz".
One could think the border between Union Européenne and Switzerland is severely guarded.
Nope!
Here, this is one of the multiple "custom offices". It sits exactly on the border line. The french side is "mountain up wards"...the Swiss side "valley downwards".
Note the exhaust pipes: located clearly on the Swiss side:it let think the Swiss authority decided to "warm up" its own border officer before the french state decided to afford such comfort to its own agent.
Note also on the ground the metallic rolls aligned in a parallel arrangement: this an "anti-cows"device . The region being a kind of "alpage" (=prairie/forst of fir trees) where cows spend the summer outside the barns, the animals divaguate freely. The herb is perhaps more green on the swiss side, so it happens the cows are going to eat the swiss herb! In order to avoid this "robbery raids", the decision was made to take appropriate action.
In fact, the rolls avoid the cows to walk on them and go over the border.
See on the swiss side of the cabin the little wood sign. It says "La Petite Echelle"...it used to be a kind of barn/refuge/part of farm in the mountain/hills, not far away upwards in France...Nowaday it is "bistro" for MTB riders and hickers.
If You want to see where this "international border office building" sits, have a look there: 46°42'28.09"North/6°19'56.30"East
Enjoy
Things are not always what we think they could be.... (show quote)


Fine shots and information 💞🎁🎁💞

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Aug 21, 2021 17:07:04   #
Dan' de Bourgogne
 
Chout wrote:
In Texas, those "rolls" are called cattle guards.


OK..."cattle guards"!
I learned a new word today. Cool! Thank You.
Are they called cattle guards only in Texas and get another name in...Oregon/Washington/Maine?

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Aug 21, 2021 17:21:09   #
mundy-F2 Loc: Chicago suburban area
 
Dan' de Bourgogne wrote:
Yes! There is always guard custom stations on each "road with normal traffic" crossing the border between Swiss and France. And the controls are quite "streng" (police+custom).

Funny with this woddy cabin is, You can leave/enter...enter/leave France/Swiss...Swiss/France as often You want...absolut freely...without neither police nor custom control! Never!
The little road is now coverd with asphalt...but few years ago, it was simply a "gravel path" through the cows herds.
In other words, this is an "open point" without control between EU and CH!
OK...very few people are aware where it is and how to get there...except the local MTB bikers and hickers...and few local farmers+ our beloved UHH's!
Yes! There is always guard custom stations on each... (show quote)


Thanks for the rerply. Fun times!
Mundy

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Aug 21, 2021 17:21:29   #
Dan' de Bourgogne
 
joecichjr wrote:
Fine shots and information 💞🎁🎁💞


Thank You Joe! Hmmm...I find the shots are not that fine...could be better...but the place is really nice: in high summer, when it is hot in Dijon, it is really pleasing to have a pic-nic there...not directly at this cabin, but a bit higher on the french side...

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Aug 21, 2021 17:34:08   #
UTMike Loc: South Jordan, UT
 
Beautiful shots and interesting narrative.

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Aug 22, 2021 07:44:08   #
jaymatt Loc: Alexandria, Indiana
 
Cattle guards--lots of them in parts of the US. They serve well as replacements for gates--no opening or closing.

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Aug 22, 2021 08:32:09   #
Dan' de Bourgogne
 
jaymatt wrote:
Cattle guards--lots of them in parts of the US. They serve well as replacements for gates--no opening or closing.

OK...clever system, efficient to keep the cattle safe into its fences.
Only down side (at least for me) : when riding MTB down wards, don't use the brakes when rolling over it!

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Aug 22, 2021 09:47:15   #
AzPicLady Loc: Behind the camera!
 
This is a really cool place. Thanks for posting.

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Aug 22, 2021 10:11:49   #
G. Crook Loc: Linden, TX
 
Dan' de Bourgogne wrote:
OK..."cattle guards"!
I learned a new word today. Cool! Thank You.
Are they called cattle guards only in Texas and get another name in...Oregon/Washington/Maine?


Cattle guards is the common name for them anywhere I have ever been in the US.

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Aug 22, 2021 10:36:25   #
JBRIII
 
My experience say 15 years ago was there was border control/customs (unless you flew) fron EU to Sweden which meant nothing from EU to Nordic countries. We were in Denmark and took bus to Sweden, no controls, no passport checking (wife wanted stamp), nothing. Might have changed recently with influx from middle east?

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Aug 22, 2021 10:57:13   #
Tigger1 Loc: Surrey, BC Canada
 
Dan' de Bourgogne wrote:
OK..."cattle guards"!
I learned a new word today. Cool! Thank You.
Are they called cattle guards only in Texas and get another name in...Oregon/Washington/Maine?


No! Cattle guards are used most anywhere in Canada where cattle ranches exist and the cattle owners want to control movement of their cattle.

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