One thing we have noticed from the beginning is how everyone smokes (or so it seems). People smoking in restaurants, in cafes. Cafes with an ashtray on every table. It is shocking being in restaurants that are filled with smoke. Luckily you can sit outside in most places.
Motto for Gstaad: Come Up – Slow Down Symbol for Saanen: A goat Written phrase you see as you leave town or exit the mountain rides: See You Languages spoken: German, French, English – in that order usually. We have heard many people speaking French. Menus are in German and French (sometimes with English). Gstaad, Saanen and Schonried are three towns in a large valley surrounded by big ski hills, with huge mountains behind. I … Continue reading Notes about Saanenland
Apartment Hitismatte, booked through a local Gstaad agency, Sicking Immobilien (www.sicking.ch). 2bed/2bath ground level apartment The apartment is in a chalet with six apartments in a complex of a few chalets just outside of Saanen (5 minute walk to train station) in an area of farms and residential houses. The complex is beside a small sawmill/lumber yard, but the apartment is not near it and we did not hear noise from the sawmill. (I was … Continue reading Vacation Rental Review – Apartment Hitismatte, Gstaad (Switzerland)
Overcast, rain on and off I spent the day transferring my email from Eudora on my non-working computer to Outlook on Steve’s computer – something I had been meaning to do for months (transfer from Eudora which crashes frequently to Outlook, not transfer from my computer to Steve’s). And reading Pompeii by Robert Harris – a very good junk read about the days before Vesuvius erupted and the eruption itself (what he thought it would … Continue reading Friday, September 5 – we did nothing today
Note: Steve’s first post on the blog!! A tired “down” day after two days of good hikes. Strolled into Saanen for coffee and kuchen then picked up some groceries (found a good, small natural foods store). At “home”, a lady came and knocked at the French doors on our terrace. She said she saw the Italian license plates on our car and wanted to know if we could change some Euro for her. We explained … Continue reading Friday, September 5 – Steve's posting
Sunny and warm The pain!! Yikes!! I can barely walk. I am not a person who ever notices steps, but I do now! 7 steps to the front door, 7 more to the basement parking garage, steps in Gstaad on the main promenade. Steps everywhere!! My legs hurt all the time, but even more so on steps. What we needed today was a level hike – what we got was more downhill (blame me for … Continue reading Thursday, September 4 – Hiking on Eggli, near Gstaad
Cold, but sunny and clear As much as we have been looking forward to hiking, we wake up tired and decide to just go for a drive today. We drove from Saanen down the valley to Chateaux d’Oex. Saanen is only a few miles from the border between the cantons Bern and Vaud – but most importantly this is a border between the German speaking area (Bern) and the French speaking (Vaud). It is only … Continue reading Tuesday, September 2 – Language Whiplash as we drive between cantons (Bern to Vaud)
More interesting posts soon – I promise. Tales of sore feet, a blister!!, very sore legs. I popped into SlowTalk for just a minute today – it is hopeless with this slow connection (which is good, because the connection time is so expensive). I set it up to email me some forum postings – so I can follow along.
Sunny and warm Finally, out hiking in the mountains. We went to the tourist office and bought an Easy Access pass. You buy them for three consecutive days, but can then add on extra days. We bought a 5 day pass figuring we would hike all five days, then do a driving day. We drove to Gstaad, and to the Wispile gondola, just past Gstaad. Free parking at the gondola, which is a nice change … Continue reading Wednesday, September 3 – hiking on Wispile near Gstaad
Overcast, no rain. Up and out for a walk, then breakfast in the hotel. We were going to go to a café in town because the hotel room did not include breakfast and it was expensive (20 Euro each), but we could not face the long walk to the main piazza (only 15 minutes but Ursula and Lionel had run us off our feet). We have about $100 in old German marks that we wanted … Continue reading Monday, September 1 – Driving from Konstanz to Saanen (Switzerland)