Hiking in the Alps

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Dalvazza (GR): Room for the river Landquart

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June 12th 2019

High water and good cake

This morning the weather was bad – it was very cloudy, but still dry ‘though. That would not be the case for long… During the past evenings and nights, when there was little traffic noise, I had heard how the water in the river Landquart that flows to the south in the narrow valley, had been “growling”. So I decided after a visit to the local supermarket to have a look at the water. The water, that normally has a bluish colour, was greyish-brown and roared with high speed underneath the ridge, carrying along all sorts of things, from branches to complete trees… Continue reading

Basovizza: a remembrance of the Second World War

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May 1st 2019

The First of May: from a festive day to a commemoration of a massacre

This morning the sun was shining brightly: a nice perspective for the celebration of May 1st – Labour’s Day, in Italy very much an official holyday! I had read somewhere that near the little village of Basovizza, approximately 10 kilometres to the northeast of Trieste, not only still exists an authentic border control post with the former Yugoslavia dating from the Cold War, but also a national memorial for the victims of the Second World War, who were thrown into so-called “Foibe“, the deep sinkholes in the Karst in this area. Continue reading

Miramare: a romantic castle on the seaside

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April 28th 2019

A thunderstorm at sea and rain in the Park

This morning the sky was cloudy and a splash of rain was falling… That’s why I made the plan to go to the Castello di Miramare Castle, about 10 kilometres to the west of Trieste. It is one of the touristic hotspots in this region, especially because the interior and the furniture haven’t changed since the times when Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Habsburg (1832–1867), Emperor’s Franz Josef I. younger brother, and his wife Charlotte of Belgium lived there (from 1860 to 1864). Continue reading

Walking through modern and Roman Trieste

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April 27th 2019

Back in Trieste again!

My trip by train from Salzburg to Villach went upstream at first along the river the Salzach, that had been back in Salzburg a rather wide stream, but that the further south we came grew smaller and smaller between mountains that grew higher. Their names appear in the descriptions of the stages of the Via Alpina! Continue reading

Salzburg: a city of Baroque, music and nature

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April 25th 2019

A lot of Mozart and beautiful panoramas, but also a chamois!

Yesterday, Wednesday April 24th, I arrived around half past two after a rather uneventful journey in Munich. There I had to look for my connecting train to Salzburg: due to some delay I was really running late and, because of ongoing construction works to the platforms of the main station, I had to squeeze through the crowds, carrying my (still quite heavy…) rucksack in a totally foreign railway station. Slightly out of breath I plumbed down in the slow train to Salzburg, leaving five minutes to three. Continue reading

From the Engadin visiting Italy again

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September 29th 2018

Scuol, Livigno and Sent

Monday September 24th I left Küblis and arrived close to half past eleven in Scuol in Hotel Altana, which has recently changed its name into Typically Swiss Hotel Altana. There the atmosphere was as cosy and charming as always, with the marvellous flowers and the good food. Continue reading

St. Antönien: Stage 61 of the Red Trail

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September 23rd 2018

The difficult track is the most beautiful track…

This morning the weather seemed to have improved compared to yesterday: there hardly were any clouds around the mountaintops, so after a tasteful breakfast (again!), which of course include the Birchermüesli, I took the 9.18 hours Postal car to St. Antönien to start a stage of the Via Alpina in an area that was completely new to me: Stage 61 of the Red Trail. Continue reading

Walk on the Saaser Alp above Klosters to Saas i.P.

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September 22nd 2018

Through the fog and over the “Energie-Spürweg” (“Feel the energy trail”)

Early this morning I looked out of my window to check on the weather and then I saw an historical locomotive in the railway station: it was the “Krokodil” (the “crocodile”) dating from 1929, a locomotive with “cult status”! This is the showpiece of the Rhaetian Railways. Continue reading

Visperterminen: a small village with a great panorama

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September 20th 2018

A special vineyard and a beautiful mountain lake

On this last day of my stay in Valais I wanted to escape the forecasted high temperature in the Rhone Valley and decided to go to the small village Visperterminen in the side valley to the south of Visp. Because in Visp the Postal car to Visperterminen would leave only an hour later, I had time to stroll through the old city centre of Visp. Continue reading

Mund: Stage 96 of the Red Trail – part 2

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September 16th 2018

Four “Suonen” and saffron sponge cake

This morning I started from Brig to Blatten again with the 8.18 hrs. Postal car to continue once more on the Via Alpina with Stage 96 of the Red Trail, the second part actually, from Belalp to Mund. Continue reading

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