It’s Sunday so it must be time for our weekly virtual trip to beautiful Switzerland. Yesterday I was thinking about window views. The sort of view you would happily sit by your bedroom window, gaze out at the beauty and just smile. Sometimes the real window view is that good. The above photo is from the hotel room we stayed at on our last visit.
Well for this weeks virtual holiday let’s play fantasy window view. I’m going to pick a different dream window view for each day.
Sunday. Let’s start the week off with a view across beautiful Lake Thun.
Monday. Let’s have a window filled with an alpine meadow.
Tuesday. Let’s have the sound of water filling the room as well. A window filled with an alpine river.
Wednesday. Let’s enjoy one of the worlds greatest mountains. The Eiger
Thursday. Let’s have a window looking across a beautiful Swiss valley.
Friday. Let’s move the window to beautiful Lake Riffelsee and it’s always present reflection of The Matterhorn.
Saturday. Let’s finish the week with a view of a stunning waterfall.
See you next week my friends. Stay safe.
It’s Sunday. The world has gone completely bonkers. This morning I so need my few moments of peace in beautiful Switzerland and I invite you to join me.
What I’m about to say might get my British Nationality revoked but here goes. I’m not sure I love my country anymore. I certainly love Yorkshire and the North East. I could see myself being happy in the Scottish Highlands. But increasingly my natural home feels like Switzerland. Not sure about the practicalities but maybe one day.
Today I would certainly settle for just another week there. It’s been four years now. So this morning it’s the next best thing – a virtual visit.
Remembering what it was like to walk in The Alps.
Remembering the colours.
Breathing in the sweet, fresh mountain air.
Listening to the calming soundscapes.
Be safe out there my friends and remember. It’s still a beautiful world.
It’s Sunday so I’m in need of my weekly fix of Switzerland.
A country which is so special to me and our son. We spent many happy holidays in this beautiful country. My partners beloved dad worked with a injured soldiers charity out in Switzerland after the war. He fell in love with the country. That formed a long family bond with Switzerland. In my partners absence we will keep that candle burning bright.
I still remember that first time flying into Geneva and getting that initial glimpse of The Alps.
That first sight of a stunning alpine valley.
That first afternoon walking outside the hotel, hand in hand with my partner and getting my first sight of the mountain which dominates beautiful Spiez.
Those trips on the lake boats.
That first sight of The Matterhorn.
Watching the world go by on the trains while son repeatedly asked his mum to tell him the fairy story involving The Eiger, The Monch and the Jungfrau.
Watching the sun set over The Alps while son played with his animals on the hotel balcony.
Those trips to the heights of The Alps and pointing out each famous mountain to an excited son.
Circumstances mean that we currently can’t be there, but our hearts most definitely are.
It’s Sunday so it must be time for a bit of Switzerland.
When I did my first Sunday post about Switzerland never did I imagine that it would still be going as we move towards a new decade.
As long as people enjoy it then the photos will keep coming. Ok some photos will get repeated. But when I run out new photographs then I can dip into my partners family albums. Years and years of lovely family trips to this wonderful country.
Maybe just maybe we will find a way of going back. Keeping that family link going.
Creating more memories.
I’m sure my partner would love that.
It’s Sunday and it’s time for a bit of glorious Switzerland. Time to finish our 2015 journey to the Gornergrat. Last week it ended with the family at the top of the 10000ft rocky ridge looking at the panoramic view of the Alps.
I remember stood by the small stone Gornergrat Chapel and tried to think of a reason to light a small candle. Nothing came to mind. Life was pretty good. Little did I know that if you fast forwarded a year my mums funeral would have just been held and that my soul partner would be just a couple of weeks away from leaving this world as well. Yet here she was stood next to me full of the joys of life. With hindsight I should have opted for the chapels complete stock of candles.
Just minutes away from doing our last big walk together as a family of three.
But you know what I can’t think of a better walk to go out on.
I’m a seasoned hill walker in the UK but I have to say in the mighty Alps – it’s much better to be going downhill. So we started from the ridges highest point and descended. My almost perfect streamlined aerodynamic body shape – think Homer Simpson rather than Usain Bolt – gave me plenty of downward momentum.
The views just kept being astonishing.
We headed towards the Lake of Riffelsee. A place featured on millions of screensavers world wide. A place high up (so to speak) on our family bucket list. Would it be that good in reality. YOU BET and MORE. A small tranquil lake which perfectly frames the reflection of the Matterhorn. Yes it rightly deserves it place on the worlds greatest natural spectacles top table.
Eventually our son convinced us to save his little legs from further punishment and make the rest of the journey by train. A truly unforgettable experience.
My son has gone to bed and old photos are bringing back memories again.
We started from the Gomergrat viewing platform (3089m) on a perfect Swiss summer morning.
We slowly made our way down on the mountain paths towards Zermatt. The Matterhorn never fails to take your breath away. Just perfect.
Without warning, the world changes. That proved to be the last holiday walk we would make with our beloved. Enjoy life and always make memories.
This week I’ve been thinking a lot about the last holiday I had with my lost love. I wish that I could relive every single minute of our time in The Alps. But memories sometimes fade and too often you don’t realise how precious life is. You need to seize these happy times and truly immerse yourself in them.
Old photos help fill in some of the gaps.
Historically I was a prolific photo snapper, often being shouted at for taking too many pictures. The pictures would then just sit in albums or memory cards, and just gather dust. I would never find the time to enjoy them.
Since the world changed, my camera now tends to gather dust and the old photos are frequent sources of smiles and tears. A pathway back to happier times.