The island of St. Pierre in the Bielersee Lake, Switzerland--a romantic spot of a somewhat?
The island of St. Pierre in the Bielersee Lake, Switzerland--a romantic spot of a somewhat melancholy charm--- became the refuge of the famous French writer, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, when he was exiled from France and his home town of Geneva.
Today the island again plays the role of a refuge--an earthly paradise for old horses which can no longer toil in front of a cart or plough. They are brought to St. Pierre so that they may still enjoy life, with long years undisturbed peace and happiness.
Among the four-legged pensioners is a frolicking foal, which escaped from a slaughter-house. Scattered about the woods and meadows are a couple of old post horses, several proud cart horses and a former star of the race course, owned by Hans Schwarz, the man who first hit upon this idea of a retirement home for old horses. Hans racehorse is 18 years old, and its companion, Friedel, is 25.
Such is man's gratitude to his best friend.