…at last! It’s time for our Ski Holidays, we’ve been anticipating for weeks. My hubby, “Grossmami” (Grandma), our daughter and dog, drove the car up to Pontresina (a village near St. Moritz) with all our gear (and believe me the car was absolutely jam packed), while the boys and I took the train (sometimes my travel sickness does come in hand 😉). After a 3 hour and 47 minutes train journey, we needed to stretch our legs. The quarter of an hour stroll through Pontresina to our chalet was just right. We spent the rest of the afternoon unpacking while the kids went out to explore. With a good nights sleep and after a hearty breakfast, there was nothing going to stop us from hitting the slopes… …a perfect way start to our holidays!
It’s New Years Eve. The kids are very excited about the idea of staying up until midnight (I’m not quite sure if they’ll all make it). So to burn off a bit of the extra energy, we took them for a walk…well we’ll see if it works… Dear Readers, This is my last post for this year. A chance for me to thank you for joining in on my experiences, adventures and culinary experiments, and also for your comments and contributions. I wish you all a very Happy New Year!
After a very stormy morning (a great big puddle in front of our caravan door). We couldn’t wait to stretch our legs and explore the shore line of Lake Constance. So as soon as the rain stopped, we got (our thankfully dry) walking boots out and set off towards the next village of “Langenargen”. From the marina next to our campsite, we went on the suspension bridge over the river “Argen”… …to the next marina “BMK Yachthafen”… …and from there, along the lakeside to “Langenargen”. After all that exploring, we all deserved an ice cream!
After spending my childhood holidays camping and now taking our kids camping, we have decided that it’s time to upgrade. Goodbye to damp tents and punctured airbeds…hello warm, dry, cosy caravan. Let the adventures begin! After hitching up the caravan and driving for three hours (mainly on the motorway but towards the end we had a couple of roundabouts, quite a challenge!) to “Kressbronn” where we are spending our autumn break at a campsite on the shore of Lake Constance. While we set up our camp, the kids disappeared off to do some exploring… …we hadn’t seen them for while (I went to take some pics while they where busy). Only for them to turn up a couple of hours later wanting food. We hadn’t quite worked out how everything in the kitchen worked (gas cooker the least of our problems, water pumps and fridge needed to be set up). So instead of reading the manual (a big, fat file), we treated them and ourselves to a meal out. A perfect start to our holiday!
Today is our last day of our summer holidays, which also means our last hike. We took the train this morning from “Zuoz” (the village we’re staying in) to “La Punt-Chaumues-ch”. From there we hiked up the hill. The first half in the bright sunshine with the temperature at about 25°C/ 77°F (which felt a lot hotter), the second half of the climb (thank goodness) was in the woods! When we got to the top, we followed the path above “Madulain”… …down to a little stream, where we had some lunch. Feeling refreshed, we took off on our last leg of the hike to “Zuoz”. Even if we’re a bit tired after a hike, it’s always worth the effort!
We can’t sit still…as you might of gathered. After hiking and biking (sorry no bike post, as it’s difficult to take pics while climbing up and whizzing down hills), it’s time for some climbing at the climb park in Pontresina. After a safety introduction it was time to hit the ropes. The younger children (4-6 years old) go on a course that’s about 1.5-2m/5-6.5ft above the ground, the older ones (7-8 years old) are up at about 2-5m/6.5-16.5ft and our oldest was up in the trees at 5-15m/16.5-49ft!!! We can’t hang around all day…😉 We’ve got a little person in our family that loves horses. Well to be honest, as soon as they get to close, she gets a bit intimidated by there size. That’s why she decided to go pony riding instead, only to realise that they where to big too, so she ended up on a…donkey! With her older brother joining in for support…they were off! While they enjoyed their little ride, we took a look around the stables. After a short …
After all the hiking we did in the past week, we decided to have a break. So we took the kids to the restaurant “Lej da Staz”. There they have a little outdoor stage, where on Sunday afternoons, a story is told. Today it was the well known classic “Heidi”. And of course we couldn’t let the kids miss out on an ice cream (well not only the kids, but as I’m behind the camera you can’t see mine)… …after the story, it was time for a dip in the 19°C/ 66°F mountain lake… …with thunderclouds gathering on the horizon and everyones teeth chattering it was time to head home. MerkenMerkenMerkenMerken
Another day, another hike. “Ils Lejins” is a 3 hour hike, that goes from lake to lake, up on the mountain “Furtschellas”. It starts at the top of the cable car station (2313 meters/ 7585 ft above sea level). The first bit is a 300m (984 ft) climb up to the first lake. And a dip in the lake, was every bit worth the steep climb, just look at our happy doggy! From then on it was more or less flat… …not that, that means we didn’t need refuelling… …we hit the trail again, only to see our first marmot! (For you it’s that tiny spec on top of the pile of rocks) The way back to the cable car, was spectacular views and beautiful lakes all the way. (And of course a couple of rocks had to be thrown in the lakes on the way.) With tired legs (well some of us) we enjoyed the ride back down in the cable car.
Our latest adventure, was a 50 minute walk, to “Vadret da Morteratsch”. A once majestic glacier that is rapidly melting, which was made very clear by the markers along the way, showing where the snout used to be (1880, 1900, 1920 etc.). We started of at the restaurant Morteratsch, crossed over the railway tracks and hit the trail. The closer we got to the snout, the more our surroundings turned from luscious green to ragged rocks. The last marker shows where the snout was in 2015…only two years ago! We explained about the glacier melting to the kids, although the younger ones probably aren’t old enough to understand. Their main concern was who could make the biggest splash, by throwing rocks into the icy streams. MerkenMerken MerkenMerken MerkenMerken
Yesterday we took a leisurely stroll (45 minutes) under blue skies from “Celerina” (the village next to St. Moritz) up to the mountain lake “Lej da Staz”. If you like, just come along… The lure of the ice cold lake proved to be to great for some of us… …after a lot of paddling and trying to catch fish (by hand), it was time for a bite to eat and to head back. MerkenMerkenMerkenMerken MerkenMerken