Hiking in the Alps

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Simplon Pass: Stage 6 of the Blue Trail of the Via Alpina (reverse direction) – part 1

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October 3rd 2019

Over Stockalper’s and Napoleon’s road

Today I left in the 10.18 hrs Postal car for Simplon-Dorf over the Simplon Pass. Because of today’s fine weather I had planned to hike a part of a stage of the Via Alpina: Stage 6 of the Blue Trail officially runs from the Simplon Pass to the village of Zwischbergen, on the border to Italy. Today I hiked from Simplon-Dorf to the Simplon Pass, a part of this stage and in the reverse direction! And again in an aera I didn’t know. Continue reading

Zurich: through the city and to the Uetliberg mountain

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September 23rd 2019

Nice raclette at Monika and Olivier’s and a trip through the heartland of Switzerland

Hotel Plattenhof is a nice hotel in a quiet neighbourhood, near the University. Yesterday morning it was even more quiet, because it was Sunday morning… Hotel Plattenhof calls itself a design hotel and that is true. Everywhere is trendy, but especially functional design, also in the hotel rooms. Even in the corridors and in the stairwell was multi-coloured design! Continue reading

Aarau: a stop-over in a beautiful old town

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September 21st 2019

A visit to a school friend from the Romanche course

This morning I left Arnhem by the 09.17 hrs ICE train to Basel SBB in transit to Zurich, where I will be staying until Monday afternoon. I had a stop-over in the city of Aarau: there Verena is living, a lady I met a few years ago during the course Rhaeto-Romanic (Vallader) in Scuol. We had a connection and as she had invited me already several times to visit her when I had the occasion, I had sent her an e-mail to ask her whether a visit for today would be convenient. Continue reading

Through the Black Forest and at the Lake Constance

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June 5th 2019

A mountain track by train and evening atmosphere by the water

This morning I left Arnhem by train just after nine o’clock to go to Offenburg in the southern part of Germany. There I changed trains to Constance at the Lake Constance: this Schwarzwaldexpess (Black Forest Railway) connects Karlsruhe to the north of Offenburg with Constance at Lake Constance through the middle part of the Black Forest. 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

Sistiana and Duino: Stages B3 (end) and B4 (part 1) of the Yellow Trail

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April 30th 2019

Nature along the coast and a cave in the mountains

Yesterday, April 29th, I set off to finally complete the Stage B3 of the Yellow Trail: last year on May 14th 2018 I took the wrong direction somewhere between Prosecco and Sistiana and arrived at the railway station of Bivio d’Aurisana in the pouring rain. At the same railway station I started in good spirits for the end of the stage. Now I had the opportunity to have a look at the marble quarry of Cava Romana through the gate and over the fence… 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

Near Brig: wellness and an old defensive wall

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September 18th 2018

A day to relax, but with a lot of activities

Today I opted for a day of leisure with in the morning a visit to the “Thermal bath” in Brigerbad. My Hotel Europe had an interesting offer for a “Badecombi”: a bus trip to and from the thermal bath and an entrance for three hours. So I got on the Postal car into the direction of Saas-Fee. Continue reading

Brig, an 800-year old Alpine town

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September 14th 2018

A little stroll through this historic town

Today I left Arnhem in the early hours and arrived in Brig around five o’clock in the afternoon after a somewhat exhausting journey. Anyway I knew the railway station from the times that I used to change trains which would transport me to other destinations. But I have spent a night in Brig, more than ten years ago, before I travelled with the Glacier Express (“the slowest express train in the world”…) to Grisons. Then I stayed over at Hotel Europe, near the railway station – and there I checked in again now. I liked it then – that is why I chose the hotel again. Continue reading

A walk from Mals across the Mals Heath to Burgeis

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July 29th 2018

Fruit, old houses and a war memorial

This morning I started off without a fixed plan once again, but I had a destination however: a building of which I supposed that it was a war memorial, because an Italian flag was flying. It is situated alongside the main road from the Reschen Pass to Mals. I passed this building already many times, when I took the bus to Switzerland. Continue reading

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