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Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva March 10th 2014

Mardi 18 février : Départ de Kabul en direction d’Istanbul. Le vol décolle à 11:30. Regarder 2 films : Captain Philipps et Gravity. Arrive à Istanbul, j’ai 17 heures à attendre, Turkish me fournit la chambre d’hôtel. L’hôtel et la chambre sont correct, mais situe dans le quartier industriel de l’aéroport. Mon repas en terre turque sera un Burger King. C’est un peu drôle, il y a environ 16 ans j’étais venu à Istanbul et j’avais visite la Turquie, c’est comme si je revenais sur mes pas. Mercredi 19 février : Levé a 5 :00. Déjeuner de style buffet. Départ de l’hôtel à 6 :00. Arrive à l’aéroport à 6 :15. Formalités et vol jusqu’à Genève, OK. Arrive à Genève avec 20 minutes de retard à 11 :00. Mon ami et ancien collègue de la RDC ... read more
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Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Arolla February 28th 2014

Surıye'de Barış: Cenevre İzlenimleri “Birleşmiş Milletler Syria Geneva Talks 2” ve “Cenevre Enstitüsü Görüşmeleri” Günlükleri Kısa Notlar Derlemesi – Birinci Bölüm Bir varmış bir yokmuş, Türkiye’nin en uzun sınır paylaştığı komşusunda dökülen kanın sınırı ve aramızdaki sorunun sıfırı yokmuş. Sıfırı tüketmiş insanlık… Öyle olunca, virgülün sağındaki sıfırın da anlamı yok! Sorular sorular... Arabuluculuk vazifesi kimindir? Onurlu çıkış için siyasi çözüm nedir? Suriye'nin kimyasal silahlarını uluslararası denetime açması sonucu 2. Cenevre toplantısının başlamasını da hiç mi hiç istemeyen büyük büyük birader aslında ne istiyor? Tekfirci terörist hangi mukaddes kavrama karşılık gelmekte? Mukavemet Ekseni’nde Körfez'e açılmakta olan İran ve Suriye’yi tehdit ola... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Interlaken November 28th 2013

Interlaken on 26 Oct, Bern on 27 October 2013 After leaving Luzern (Lucerne) we headed south, towards Interlaken. The weather was gloomy and on the way to Interlaken, it rained. Fortunately, by the time we got to Interlaken, the sun was out. The drive between Luzern and Interlaken was very typically Switzerland – snow-capped Alps, bright green plains, two story farm houses, cows grazing, areas were very neat, and the trees were of autumn colours. It was very beautiful. As you can imagine, because there are so many mountains in Switzerland, there are also many lakes. The next twin set of lakes was Brienzersee (see in German means ‘lake’) and Thunersee. These lakes are separated by a town called Interlaken. From Interlaken, you can catch a train and funicular and cable car to get to Jungfraujoch ... read more
Around Lake Brienzersee near Interlaken in Switzerland 25 Oct 2013 (17)
Looking from Lake Thunersee near Interlaken towards Jungfrau 4158m Switzerland 25 Oct 2013
Around Lake Brienzersee near Interlaken in Switzerland 25 Oct 2013 (5)

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Thun October 29th 2013

A visit from South Korea We were a bit scared when our friend Minji from South Korea wrote us that she will visit us by the end of september. It can be already really cold then and the weather might be really bad. And what can we do with bad weather in the mountains - not to much. But we stayed positive and were really looking forward for Minji's visit. But before, we had lots to do. We had just moved into our new flat and were still living in between all the boxes. So we had to hurry up to get everything ready before Minji's arrival. Well, let's not talk about sour muscles and long nights ;-). In fact, we did not know each other very well. We met about 1,5 year ago in a ... read more
meeting Minji at the station in Berne
Minji playing the alphorn
having fun at lake Oeschinen

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Wengen September 21st 2013

Wow what a great place. In hindsight we would have spent a lot more time here as there is so much to do and we stayed in a fantastic chalet - Chalet Acheregg. After spending (3) nights in Wengen our time was up, but we highly recommend at least a week or more if you are planning to go. The hiking is phenomenal and there is access to so many mountain biking trails, gondolas, other villages (Murren, Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen, Interlaken, to name a few). After arriving from Zermatt we had a half day to acquaint ourselves with the area. But first we needed to catch our breath as the views from our chalet, Chalet Acheregg, we incredible, the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau were absolutely amazing. We never got tired of waking up each morning and starring ... read more
Wengen Train Station
Swiss Flag Jungfrau
Isabel Golfing @ 12,000 Feet


Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Grindelwald September 19th 2013

Day two in Wengan started out with an incredible sunrise with the Eiger starring us down. We are staying at the Chalet Acheregg, which is absolutely an amazing place (owners, amenities, views – just everything a 5 star accommodation can provide). We caught the train(s) to Grindelwald which took about an hour, and as has been the case with all our train travel in Switzerland it was very easy. We transferred trains twice and not once waited more than (10) minutes – trains really do run like clockwork in Switzerland. The purpose of the day was the First-Bachalpsee-First hike, 2 hours round trip. The overall trip and hike were amazing, although it certainly was not the expectation as the valley was completely fogged in from the moment we left Wengen until we nearly completed the hike. ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt September 17th 2013

Travelled from Geneva to Zermatt via train which took a little over three (3) hours and was a very easy with one train stop in Visp. When we initially arrived in Geneva we purchased the Swiss Rail Pass which allows us unlimited travel on the Swiss rail, bus and boat travel network. The pass also covers scenic routes and local trams and buses in (41) towns and cities and offers 50% savings for most mountain-top trains, gondolas, and cable cars. We arrived in Zermatt to rain and mist so we were unable to view the Matterhorn on our initial arrival, in fact if it wasn’t for all the balconies on the chalet facing in one direction we would have never have been able to be convinced that mountains even existed. We stayed at the Hotel Alfa ... read more
Town of Zermatt

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Grimentz August 29th 2013

Motorhome News from Switzerland. Part I 29th August 2013 Dam, Dam, Dam! ........and we're jumping through hoops. As sunflowers droop their heads in sorrow at the passing of another summer and leaves of poplar turn to gold, and autumn sunshine lights fields of maize on rolling hills, the grey haired nomads dawdle the country lanes of France and Switzerland once more in search of memories and enlightenment. Memories of bright red geraniums in window boxes, snow-capped peaks and crystal air, rippling streams and bright green meadows teeming with wildflowers, brown cows and cream, cheese and chocolate, neatly stacked logs for winter comfort and alpine chalets with shingle roofs. That was ten years ago. That was Switzerland. Switzerland, a country much spared from the ravages of World War II. A country sworn to neutrality and still to ... read more
Val Ferret
Val de Bagnes, Mauvoisin

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lausanne August 15th 2013

Despite being exhausted and at least 2 inches shorter due to wear and tear from walking so much, I felt I had one last trip in me… one more train journey. So I headed out to Luzern, only 40 minutes from Zurich but a world away as far as atmosphere and beauty go. The train station has to have the best view on exit of anywhere I have been (including Venice) as you have a fabulous arch and then the lake in all its glory. There are numerous boats plying for the trade of tourists and I chose a sleek sightseeing yacht which had a huge deck with white leather seats and lots of room to move around to see from all angles. The trip lasted an hour and was great value given that is went ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva August 8th 2013

Regardless of the weather we decided that today we would go to Geneva for the day, so (by our standards) we made an early start to drive there. There was of course the inevitable tolls, but as it was only about 85km, they weren't as traumatic as the drive here. There were some passport checks at the border and then as soon as we crossed, we were straight into Geneva. One thing to note when driving into Switzerland, you will need to buy a toll sticker for the car if you are planning on driving on the motorways (sign-posted in green, rather than the blue that's used in France and the UK). As we were only driving into Geneva, we didn't need one. Things did start to get a bit traumatic when we were trying to ... read more
Monte Bianco

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