National Geographic : 1965 Sep
log-built granaries perched on piles above flat stone rat guards, are empty. Fewer than 300 year-round inhabitants live in St. Luc. "St. Luc is a good example of the changing Alpine village," said Madame Clotilde Gard, owner of the hotel. "The old things are here and the old ways can be appreciated, but to day everyone depends on tourists rather than on the bounty of our fields." Families from all Switzerland and beyond come up to St. Luc for two weeks or a month, rent a chalet or part of one, and glory in the Alpine air. Over every window box full of geraniums, a magnificent view greets their eyes as they watch their children play in the car-free streets and flower-speckled meadows. Two crags in Sion dominate the valley. Atop one of them stands a fortresslike medi eval church. A castle in ruins surmounts the other. The two seem to exchange glares in a mute tableau bespeaking man's spiritual temporal conflict (pages 362-3). At night the rivalry was not silent. Ampli fied voices representing Tourbillon, the castle, and Valere, the church, recounted the area's turbulent history as lights dramatically flood ed towers and battlements during the Son et Lumiere spectacle. William Tell embraces his son after being ordered by the villainous bailiff Gessler to shoot an apple from the boy's head. Residents of Interlaken enact Schiller's drama of Swiss libera tion from Habsburg tyranny. Breathless moment: Tell aims his crossbow at the apple (far left). This feat of Tell, the archer, will be told/ While yonder mountains stand upon theirbase.l By Heaven! the apple's cleft right through the core. Tell then de clares he would have killed Gessler with a second arrow if his shot had erred and struck his son.