We’re up in the Swiss Mountains, enjoying our yearly ski holiday in the spectacular “Engadin” (the area around St. Moritz). The weather is beautiful (if maybe a bit chilly), so I couldn’t resist taking my camera on my morning dog walk. It was about -10°C/ 14°F when I started off… …that made taking the pictures without gloves, quite a challenge, but with these images of the river “Flaz”… …”Celerina”… …along the river “Inn”… …to the village of “Samedan”. A truly spectacular walk…even if someone got a bit tired of me taking snaps.
At last! We packed our stuff, hooked our caravan up and headed off to our Summer season campsite. Our journey started in Schneisingen (where our caravan is parked) and went right through Switzerland, up to the mountain village of Silvaplana (1815 meters above sea level). It’s quite an adventure for us, as: -we’ve never driven our caravan onto a car shuttle train before (the pass road has to many steep turns) -we’ve never camped at this altitude (snow possible even in Summer) -and we’ve never parked our caravan at a campsite for a whole season (middle of April until the middle of October) Well we’re always good for an adventure so here goes… The journey from Schneisingen to Klosters wasn’t very eventful (except for the scenery)… The car shuttle train took us from Klosters, 19 kilometers through the Vereina tunnel to Sagliains, in the middle of the beautiful Engadin. Only a couple more Kilometers to go… Made it! The kids were great (to excited to argue), no breakdowns or mishaps (although the road got a …
…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!
After packing, tiding up the house and garden, making sure the cat and post are being looked after, it was time for half the family to catch the train off to Zuoz our summer holiday destination in the Swiss alps. It was only half the family because Mr. T and the boys decided to take their bikes, which of course didn’t leave much room in the car 😉, but I’m not complaining as the train ride is spectacular and very relaxing… …and of course having a welcoming committee (our youngest son & doggy) with a chauffeur (Mr. T) that whisked us off to our chalet was rather nice! MerkenMerken MerkenMerken MerkenMerken MerkenMerken
Yup! We’ve got the camping bug and are back at our favourite lakeside campsite in the Klöntal. After enjoying ourselves so much last time, we packed our stuff on Friday and headed off to the mountains. This time we couldn’t resist a hike in our panoramic surroundings. So on Saturday we got our walking boots on and took the path up towards the “Chäsalp”… …but half way up the steep climb, we decided to take a ridgeway path to “Richisau”. We thought it would be easier for the kids… (we weren’t the only ones out for a climb) …what we didn’t realise, was that parts of the ridgeway path really were on a ridge… …but all the hard work was well worth it for this view… …and of course for this delicious piece of chocolate cake! After the long and adventurous hike we took the easy way back… …the good old “Postauto”. MerkenMerken MerkenMerken
We’ve enjoyed two weeks of skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, sledging, ice skating and just being in this beautiful, picturesque part of Switzerland. For now it is time to say “Sta bain” – goodbye, but we’ll be back… For those of you that are interested: “Sta bain” is “rätoromanisch” and means goodbye. Rätoromanisch is one of the four official languages spoken in Switzerland (the other three are German, French and Italian ). It is only spoken in this part of Switzerland, the canton “Graubünden”.
This evening we took the train up the mountain Muottas Muragl (2456 meters above sea level) to see the sunset over St. Moritz and enjoy a delicious meal. I’m not going to bore you with how fantastic it was. You can see for yourself… Muottas Muragl – Mountain Dining …top of the world, in every sense… …but all good things must come to an end.
Today we took the cable car from “Punt Muragl” 1738m to “Muottas Muragl” 2456m. At the top the kids went crazy because of the snow (only a sprinkling). All three of them can’t wait to get skiing again. But I hope we have to wait a little longer. Our trail, the “Panoramaweg” went along the side of this mountain, you can just make it out at the bottom of the snow line. over little streams… …and bigger streams bits of the trail were a bit precarious Of course we needed a break now and again to for a drink and a snack. (our labrador is hypnotizing the food not the camera) But they can never sit still for long. This alp hut helped reload our sugar levels with their homemade rhubarb cake. And surprise, surprise the kids nearly skipped down mountain. (a little bit of sugar tends to go a long way with our lot) The trail now lead us back under the tree line. typical path markers The last bit of the trail lead us …
The weather wasn’t particularly good but we all needed some fresh air so we took the train to Schwende and hiked to Appenzell. Charming what ever the weather. This cow wasn’t keen on letting us pass through his field. (the gate is in the foreground) He wasn’t going to budge so we had to climb under the fence a bit further along. Not all the animals we met where as stubborn as the cow. We also saw met this sweet little kitten. (unfortunately our Labrador scared it off before the kids could stroke it) The weather wasn’t getting any better. But it didn’t bother these two. (busy throwing stones into the stream) The best way to keep warm was exercise… At the end of our stroll we found these… (I’m not sure if they where edible) Now, back at home with a fire burning in the fireplace and dinner in the oven, what better way to end a cloudy day?