Desperate Swisswives


I am such a Slow Traveler – I love to settle into a new vacation rental!! We are in Gstaad, in an apartment I found on the Gstaad Tourist Office website. I was a bit nervous about the apartment because there are only a few photos and they don’t look great, but the location was good and most vacation rentals in Switzerland are good quality, so I emailed the apartment manager and she said she … Continue reading Desperate Swisswives

We are not going to England :(


It took all week, but things are resolved and we have the rest of our trip planned. We were scheduled to fly from Geneva to London on Tuesday, then have 16 nights in a Rural Retreats cottage near Painswick (Plough Cottage). We spent a month in this cottage in May 2000 and have kept in email contact with the owners, so they emailed us about the floods that happened the weekend before our scheduled arrival … Continue reading We are not going to England 🙁

Great Hiking in Kandersteg!

Kandersteg - Oeschinensee

We are having the best time in Kandersteg! It is a very different experience here, in the middle of summer, than when we were here last time at the end of the season (early October). The town is lively and full of people. Tables are set up outside all the restaurants and cafes, people are out and about all day and all evening. Tonight there was live music down the street (a local children’s band … Continue reading Great Hiking in Kandersteg!

A Few Days in Kandersteg


We both forgot how beautiful Kandersteg is! We spent two weeks here in September 2000 and enjoyed the town and the hiking. Since then we continued our mission to spend a week in every main valley in the Berner Oberland (and into the Vaud canton on this trip), so have not returned until now. Kandersteg is at the end of a long valley south of Lakes Thunder and Lightening (they join at Interlaken). The road … Continue reading A Few Days in Kandersteg

Tewkesbury is Flooded!

Rural Retreats. Nice places, high prices, zero service. I used to be a big fan of the agency Rural Retreats (vacation rentals in England). Not any more. Each year that I book with them, I like them less. I have used them in the past for two reasons: 1) I have been so busy with work (mine and Steve’s) the last few years that I did not have time to do a good search for … Continue reading Tewkesbury is Flooded!

In Italy

We left Switzerland around 11:30am, the sun blazing and the town full of people, and by 5:00pm we were pulling into Diana’s beautiful B&B (Baur B&B). I am sitting on the terrace with a breeze and a beautiful view. This is a very tranquil corner of Italy!! Now I am going to take some photos!!

Here comes the sun!

The weather changed on Wednesday afternoon and we have been busy ever since. We did a short hike Wednesday near Leysin. Wendy and Richard came up to visit in the early evening and we got takeout pizza for dinner! Had a wonderful visit. Thursday we drove back to Gstaad and did another hike. Friday we climbed from Leysin, up for 2hr 15min, to the top of Berneuse where the Gondola ride goes to, then rode … Continue reading Here comes the sun!

Hiking in Col des Mosses

A very quick post to say that we got together with Wendy and Richard yesterday in Vevey (WendyAsh and Riccardo on the board). They are staying at a wonderful hotel, with a large room looking right out on Lake Geneva. I loved their room! We sat on the terrace when the sun was out, then it clouded over and started to rain, so we moved inside. It was amazing watching the storm from their room. … Continue reading Hiking in Col des Mosses

Leysin to Lac du Mayen

A quick post to say that we woke up to brilliant sunshine, then walked out to get fresh croissants and bread for breakfast and by the time we got back to the house (30 minutes later), it was overcast and cold. Once we got inside it started to pour and poured all morning. Fine, we were tired anyway from our big day out yesterday. By 1:30pm, it started to clear. We got ready for a … Continue reading Leysin to Lac du Mayen

Walking from Horneggli to Rinderberg

We woke up Saturday morning to the best weather of the whole trip (so far). Bright sunshine, not a cloud in the sky. I am writing this on Sunday evening in the middle of an amazing thunderstorm and pouring rain. Leysin is perched on a shelf on the side of a mountain, overlooking a narrow valley below and the large Valais valley beyond (we look down at Martigny, on the way to the St. Bernard … Continue reading Walking from Horneggli to Rinderberg