It's August and it's hot! I don't know if you are aware but, it can get really hot here in Switzerland and the months of July and August can mean temperatures in the 90's everyday. That's why these months are perfect for visiting Swiss military fortifications. As I've mentioned before, during World War II the Swiss were neutral but were realistic in their thinking that neighboring Nazi Germany or Italy could easily decide to invade. Hundreds of fortified underground bunkers and fortresses built into the mountainsides were built to make such an invasion costly to the invaders. In the mid-1990's the Swiss government started decommissioning and abandoning many of the fortifications. A few are now open to the public. Artillery fortress Fort Champillon was snapped up by Martial Baudin, who turned it into a pyrotechnics (fireworks) museum and a secure, temperature controlled-by- nature setting to store his company's unusual products--fireworks.