Tag Archives: Italy

Running with Julia: an interview with Patrizia and Andrea Brunet, the owners of the family run Bouton d’Or Hotel in Courmayeur, Italy

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Courmayeur is one of our favorite stops on the Tour du Mont Blanc – classy and atmospheric, with great views and a pedestrian-only main road.  The attractive wood and stone architecture almost has a medieval feel to it.  Most of our itineraries include two nights in Courmayeur so you can slow down and appreciate the   Continue Reading →

Gotthard Express to Ticino

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Switzerland is home to so many different cultures and landscapes, all housed within a small border that is barely 3 times larger than Los Angeles County.  When thinking of Switzerland many things immediately come to mind – chocolate, cheese, tall mountains and precise time!  But something that you may not think of is palm trees.    Continue Reading →

Alpinehikers 2017 Photo Contest Winners and Their Stories

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One of the things I always share with people about the Alps is that while in this part of the world you are surrounded by non-stop postcard worthy photo opportunities.  The Alps are strikingly beautiful.  With that said, the biggest constraint on capturing these photos is the photography skills behind the camera — at least   Continue Reading →