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Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Interlaken January 10th 2016

The sun rises over the mountains in Interlaken. It is like someone opening up a gift. With each tear and turn of the paper, a priceless gift is revealed. Interlaken feels like landscape overload. The massive mountains surround the little town with small shops, cafes, and a few hostels, bringing a feeling of comfort and security to the area. It was September and the weather was cold, but not cold enough for the accumulation of snow. Thus, the Alps looked dark green from the infinite number of pine trees. Among these pine trees and looking up above, paragliders glided down 5,000-6,000 feet. They swayed back and forth with ease and grace. The gliders seemed to be floating rather than gliding. From ground level, the Alps formed a circle around Interlaken. The Alps were so massive that ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva October 2nd 2015

So once again I am pretty behind on the update so not a lot of details in this blog post, sorry peoples. First time going to Switzerland my dad woke me up since I had passed out after my alarm ringing and I almost missed the flight, theres a first time for everything. I guess Spain may have a bad influence on me somehow. Made it there and had a lift with a blablacar ride, guy and mom talking in their own language and in the end I passed out and slept all the way to Aarau. My friend was working all day at the tattoo studio there, but his friends brought me down to the river for a swim and for beers - its like a small piece of paradise, and I would never have ... read more
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Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Interlaken September 22nd 2015

Decided today to go to Lauterbrunnen and from there to Murren, which are jumping off points to the Swiss Alps and, in summer, to dozens of walking and biking tracks. Old friends, Diane and Lindsay Toole of Nelson, have been coming to this area for years and have walked the mountains for 100's of kilometres in that time. They had given us some pointers for stuff we could do in a short time hence the visit to Lauterbrunnen etc. It was a train from Interlaken to Wilderswil then a change to another train to Zweilutschinen then another change up to Lauterbrunnen with another change to a mountain railway train to Murren where the height ramps up a bit to 1645 metres or 5,400 feet. This was still not very high by Alps standards but an interesting ... read more
Not a beanie
Cow Series 2
Murren to Gretschalp

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Interlaken September 21st 2015

Switzerland. A four hour fast train from Mannheim to Interlaken. A really easy way to travel. Our hotel was a short walk from the station and we moved in to the Hotel Derby around 2.30pm on Saturday 19/9. We were out and about straight away as we wanted to make the most of the shirt time we had. An orientation wander through the town showed that Interlaken was a meeting/gathering point for tourists far and wide. We were surprised to see a predominance of Korean, Chinese and Muslim (don't know what countries) folk walking the streets and thronging the Swiss watch shops, which I'd love to have gone into but nothing was on sale for less than a thousand Swiss francs ( 1.6 to the NZ$) so it was a forlorn hope. The Muslims were the ... read more
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Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt September 18th 2015

182147SEP2015 Hallo meine Freunde! I am wiped, but I did say I need to stay on top of this blog. And stay on top of it I will! Today was my first full, and only day, in Switzerland! What a day it was...both expensive, and breathtaking! I slept in without apology today. After the long day the day prior, I was okay with that! Waking around 8 AM, I pulled out the map the hotel desk man gave me the night prior, and planned my day. I really dialed into one particular thing. Seeing as I came to Switzerland to see the Alps, and in particular the Matterhorn, I decided on taking the train up to the summit of Gornergrat. The Gornergrat Railway is the highest open-air railway in Europe. The line opened in 1898, and ... read more
Blue Skies Coming out
So Excited to be in Gornergrat
Me and the Matterhorn

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt September 18th 2015

221323SEP2015 So I fell very far behind on my blog. I apologize for my delay. Between traveling, Wi-Fi issues, and sheer laziness...I failed to update the blog daily. Good news is, I am at the Leonardo di Vinci Airport in Rome nearly 9 hours early. So now I have nothing but time to organize photos and update the blog. Along my drive from Zermatt to Rome I made audio notes of topics I planned on talking about. I realized I did not just want to do a day by day play by play (like the rhyming?). I decided to break it down into more. Specific observations, or places. I thought it would make my notes about my trip more dynamic. I need to backlog my adventures in Abu Dhabi and Dubai as well...I have some work ... read more
Entering 19th Century Mountain Living
Search for the Truth Exhibit about the Controversial First Climb of the Matterhorn
Personal Effects of the First Ascenders of the Matterhorn

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt September 17th 2015

182009SEP2015 Bonjour and Hallo! I am a day late on this post. By the time I got to my hotel room last night I was extremely wiped. It was a long drive! I left Champigny-Sur-Marine around 7 AM, with everything packed and my GPS raring to go! I wish the GPS would have routed me around the Parisian suburbs, as it was rush hour time, and it had me going through like 3 different towns! I was in bumper to bumper for nearly 2 hours, not reaching the French motorway til nearly 9 AM. That was a little frustrating!!!! Top that with the fact it was raining cats and dogs...the WHOLE DRIVE! Ugh! It kind of put a damper on my plans (no pun intended). I had planned on cruising with the top down and my ... read more
Traffic Leaving the Parisian Suburbs
Beautiful Old Building in a Parisian Suburb
View of Lac Leman Entering Switzerland

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Blatten September 1st 2015

You definitely notice that you are off the beaten track when the valley you visit is not listed in Travelblog. So I choose simply one village to indicate where we have been which is close (in fact we have only passed this village but not been there). What to say about one of our new favourite place in Switzerland? It is the Lötschental (Lötschen Valley). It is in the region of the Valais. It is not really far from where we live - but somehow we have only visited this valley once before when the weather was really bad (so we did not like it very much). In early spring this year we decided to make a first relaxing hike in the region as it is often warmer there than in the rest of Switzerland and ... read more
Markus on the Lötschentaler Höhenweg
cutie with a lot of flies
on the way down to the Gasterental we had to cross this glacier

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva August 22nd 2015

On the British schooling system, the kids and I had 7 weeks holiday (the kids actually have 8 weeks), so we spent 6 weeks in Europe, as Murray was working from the Geneva office. This meant Murray got up at his regular time and went to work Monday-Friday, and came home approximately 6pm every evening. Just to clarify, Murray was not on holiday, but we made the most of the summer evenings and weekends. The kids and I enjoyed our apartment, till we were told off for being too loud, more on that later. We saw a bit of Geneva and explored a little around the Ferney area which is on the French side of the border where we were staying. Mostly we just slept in, rested and swam. I underestimated how tired I was from ... read more
Our little family lakeside
The Lake
Swimming in Lake Geneva

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Interlaken August 1st 2015

If you have ever felt daunted by the idea of taking a road trip in a foreign land, such as Switzerland, you are not alone. At first, I didn't know what we were getting ourselves into! There weren't that many useful resources explaining step by step how to take a road trip around the Swiss mountain range. Most message boards warned against the idea of driving here, especially in the winter when the roads are covered in snow, so we really didn't know what to expect. I'm glad we listened to our intuition and did it anyway, because we got to experience the most magical land with unbelievable landscapes, guided by an innovative route system that is very driver-friendly. We even got a chance to jump off a mountain paragliding! The surprising fact about Switzerland is ... read more
Interlaken/Lauterbrunnen Valley
Stunning views on our road trip.
Taking a surprise boat ride on gorgeous Lake Lucerne.




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