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    Sissach Flaggen 1998

    by lonestar_philomath Written Jan 23, 2007

    "Flaggen" are hoisted vertically from a crossbar in the manner of "gonfanon", a ratio of about 2:9, with a swallowtail that indents about 2 units.

    The chief, or hoist (square part) usually incorporates the design from the coat of arms - not from the flag. The fly part is always divided lengthwise, usually in a bicolour, triband or tricolour pattern (except Schwyz which is monocolour, and Glarus which has four stripes of unequal width). The colours chosen for the fly end are usually the main colours of the coat of arms.

    Flaggen of Vaud

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    History of the Vaud Flag

    by lonestar_philomath Written Jan 23, 2007

    Vaud was urbanised in ancient Roman times, and contained the Roman capital of Helvetia (Aventicum, or Avenches). Later it was part of Burgundy, and in the 13th century came under the control of Savoy. Parts were annexed by Fribourg and Bern, and in 1536 Bern annexed all the land of Vaud. From 1536 Vaud no longer had its own flag, but it previously had three different ones. At the end of the 13th century it was a black eagle on a gold field, with a red "label of five points" (across the chest of the eagle). During the 14th and 15th centuries it was a red field with a white cross over which ran a narrow diagonal band of blue and gold squares. In 1530 it was changed to a black three-domed mountain floating on a white field.

    A Vaudois insurrection against Bern in the 1790s, inspired by the French revolution, was largely responsible for inviting the French invasion in 1798 which destroyed the old Swiss Confederation and replaced it with the unitary Helvetic Republic. The flag of the Vaudois revolution was green inscribed in white with the motto "Liberté, Egalité" (freedom, equality). Within the Helvetic Republic, the Vaudois territory became independent of Bern as the new canton of Léman.

    With the restoration of the Swiss Confederation in 1803, Vaud became one of the six new cantons, and adopted as its flag a variant of the insurrectional flag of the previous decade. At first the lettering of "Liberté et Patrie" was in black, and there may also have been some in green. In 1819 Vaud organised its army and adopted a war flag which featured an escutcheon of the cantonal arms on a flamed green and white field. This escutcheon fixed the arms and equivalent flag in their current form.

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    Market day in Morges

    by bianchis Updated Oct 6, 2005

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    If you happen to be in Morges on a Saturday morning dont miss the market.
    Intermingle with the locals as they purchase fresh vegetables and all the delicacies of the region.
    Different types of specialities can be had from the butcher and not to forget the different types of cheeses which are available.

    Market day Morges Saturday morning Morges Sit down and have a coffee while shopping Market Morges People shopping
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