On my way back from the Alps, I spent a day in Geneva. With no real agenda in mind – except lunch and dinner – I simply roamed around the city.Continue reading “A Day in Geneva”
Hiking: Col de Balme, France
My last day in Chamonix, I had plans to hike Lac Cornu, but decided, last minute, that a change of scenery would be necessary. I took the train to Vallorcine, boarded a liftContinue reading “Hiking: Col de Balme, France”
A Walk in the Swiss Alps
I have to admit that I have a thing for snow-capped mountains – the sight of which brings tears to my eyes. 2014 was the year I saw a lot of mountains. It was the year I did Tour du Mont Blanc, hiking through the Alps across France, Italy and Switzerland.
Switzerland has some of the most scenic and efficient railways in the world. It takes less than two hours to get from Bern to Wengen. The journey involves three changes, at Spiez, Interlaken Ost, and Lauterbrunnen and is a feast for the eyes in itself.
The Lion, the Panorama, and the Bridge
The Lion lies in his lair in the perpendicular face of a low cliff — for he is carved from the living rock of the cliff. His size is colossal, his attitude is noble. His head is bowed, the broken spear is sticking in his shoulder, his protecting paw rests upon the lilies of France.
Vines hang down the cliff and wave in the wind, and a clear stream trickles from above and empties into a pond at the base, and in the smooth surface of the pond the lion is mirrored, among the water-lilies. Continue reading “The Lion, the Panorama, and the Bridge”
I came to Lucerne for a day trip. But as soon as I got off the train, I realized that I’d made a mistake. With Switzerland’s fourth largest lake, two scenic mountains (Mount Rigi and Mount Pilatus), and a small but well preserved old town, the city of Central Switzerland has a lot to offer.
The best way to explore Lake Lucerne and Mount Pilatus is through the Golden Round Trip, a half-day or whole-day excursion involving a boat trip, the world’s steepest cogwheel railway, an aerial cableway and panorama gondola. Continue reading “Lucerne Switzerland”
Bern Switzerland – Cont’d
Old town Bern has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983, thanks to its “exceptionally coherent planning concept” and “generally intact medieval core”.
Situated on the western edge of the old town is the medieval clock tower of Zytglogge, a 15th-century astronomical clock, that is one of the three oldest clocks in Switzerland.
I was watching a movie last night, called The Night Train to Lisbon. It was based on an international best-seller by Swiss writer Pascal Mercier. In the opening scene, there was a bridge overlooking an emerald colored river with a medieval town in the background. I thought that looked familiar. It turned out to be Bern, Switzerland.
And the river is Aare River. Continue reading “Bern, Switzerland”