Franco – Swiss
There is a place in the Jura Mountains where people are neither entirely French, nor entirely Swiss, but have their roots, a history and an exceptional landscape in common. You are in the country of cheese, lakes, big spruce forests and solitary houses covered with tiny spruce plaques; you are in the “Franco – Swiss High Jura”.
The river Orbe is like a hyphen between two regions: Franche-Comté and Vaud, or even better between two collectives: Val d’Orbe and Vallée de Joux. A low frontier wall separates these two countries, which are nevertheless loyal neighbours. Two mountain chains define the area of this valley of High Jura, and give it a north-east/ south-east direction: on the south side the Swiss Risoud, prolonged by the French Risoud; on the north side Le Mollendruz all the way to La Dôle, where vast pastureland is delimited by low stone-built walls, which reveal its soft outlines. In the north and in the south, two peaks, which originate from a tectonic fault, close the mountain circle: La Dent de Vaulion and Le Mont Fier.