Relaxing Sunday after my Zermatt Marathon…

Relaxing Sunday after my Zermatt Marathon…

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Mount Matterhorn
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Down in the valley you can see Zermatt
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Gorner Glacier, how much long will he survive? Just look at the erosion, scary…
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A hello from this friendly mountain goat ūüėČ
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The cog railroad track

BMW World Munich

BMW World Munich

There was some time left, after running the PB-Marathon before we had to return to Basel. So we had a look at our dream cars and bikes at the BMW World. My Mom actually owned one of these little blue ones, called the BMW Isetta. Lingga looks great in the Z4, how about her on the bike? Of course, I had to dream for a few seconds riding a bike again. Exploring the world…

A great week in Sicily

A great week in Sicily

With EasyJet, it’s so easy to reach many destinations in Europe. This time, we headed for one week (15-22 September) to Sicily. Traveling in Sicily with bus¬†(Etnatrasporti)¬†was very convenient and we also ventured with the train. The route goes along the coast, from Palermo to Messina to Taormina – wonderful sea view. While overnighting in Siracusa, we had an excursion to Noto; a neat Baroque town. This is a place to be during Semana Santa as they decorate a street with paintings made of flowers. We loved Palermo!¬† We would recommend the¬†B&B Gran Maestro¬†to stay and eating at¬†Ferro di Cavallo¬†is a must. The pasta and seafood were incredible. It is a place where the locals eat… hard to believe, a great plate of pasta for 5 euro and 6 tiger prawn for 8 euro? Yes… this is the true local eatery (don’t forget to reserve your table as the line can get very long, even on weekdays).

As a break from enjoying the sea, the statue, and the history, we got fascinated watching couples got married! We acted as if we were invited and took pictures of them as they walked in front of the church. In Messina, Lingga got mesmerized by the train crossing to the mainland Italy in a ferry.¬† We watched the operation until the police told us to leave ūüôā Taormina, while very touristy, has a great view and very charming. We wanted to do Godfather tour in the classic Fiat 500. But time was limited and we decided to go 3350 m (10’991 ft)¬†Etna¬†instead – the highest active volcano in Europe. After Etna, we jumped back on the bus and went to Catania. The Duomo area is a place to¬†hang out¬†and near the park, there are local seafood restaurants. A week flew by too quickly ……

Weekend in the canton Appenzell

Weekend in the canton Appenzell

On the way to Appenzell we pass the town of Sankt Gallen, sure worth to visit again.

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 We arrived in Appenzell on Thursday 1st of August which is the Swiss National day, so there was a lot of celebration going on.

Ruin Clanx

The above Panorama shot I took from the Ruin Clanx (map on the left), nord of the town Appenzell.

Music by the famous yodel club “Alpeblueme Herisau with the song Z√§uerli”¬†

The weather was very nice and VERY hot… on Friday we¬†hike from the town of Appenzell to Stein where the¬†“Appenzeller Show Cheese Dairy”¬†is located, the place where thye make the famous Appenzeller cheese.

On Saturday there was the Alphorn festival at lake Seealpsee, very interesting indeed.

Early on Sunday, yes really early at 6:00 o’clock we went with the cable car to the top of S√§ntis mountain¬†(2502m / 8208f). Watching the beautiful sunrise.

After meditating (can you find Lingga on the Photo on the left?) and a hearty breakfast we enjoyed the scenery….

Once back down we attended a mountain service, held by the famous pastor Beat Antenen. The ceremony was accompanied by a yodeling group and by a group of alpenhorns, very different.

Snowboarding in Zermatt and Saas-Almagell

Snowboarding in Zermatt and Saas-Almagell

Lingga and Markus had a good time learning how to snowboard… the born champions ūüėČ

A few days in Saas-Almagell

A few days in Saas-Almagell

After Zermatt, we went to¬†Saas-Almagell, a little town close to Saas-Fee but without all the stress (shopping, tons of tourists). Markus did continue his snowboard lesson, while we went for a hike. We stayed at the¬†Hotel Christiania, this little Hotel was full of surprises. As we checked in, the lady was wondering why we didn’t book HP like everyone else. Well, we never do and asked why we should do it here? The explanation was very convincing, you get at least a 4-course menu for as little as 20,- SFr. this didn’t leave us with much of a choice and we booked the additional dinner. We never regret it, the food was just fabulous, the setting very elegant and the service just like home. The second surprise was the 14 days ago opened Spa area, with whirlpool, sauna, steam sauna, some exercise equipment (after skiing the whole day?). Overall a place we would¬†recommend¬†without any hesitation. After a much to short time, we had to return to Basel, we will be back for sure…