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Engstlenalp – A Perfect Day out between Bern and Central Switzerland

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Engstlenalp is one of our favorite alps.  An historic inn and scenic farm, tucked at the end of a pretty valley above Meiringen.  There are lakes, views, lifts, cheese and great walks.   A visit to Engstlenalp is a great day out anytime, but being right above Meiringen, it works particularly well as a warm-up day   Continue Reading →

Running with Julia: lunch at Chalet la Floria

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Chalet Floria is a charming old stone building brimming with flowers that is nestled into the hillside near Chamonix’s famous Petit Balcon Sud.  It’s open mid-morning to late-afternoon from June to November and offers a small menu of light lunch options, deserts, coffees, juices, beer and wine.  With sweeping views of Mont Blanc, the Mer   Continue Reading →

Gostner Schwaige: A Foodie’s Paradise in the Val Gardena

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Traveling to the Dolomites? A stop at Gostner Schwaige is a must! If you find yourself trekking through the majestic peaks of the Val Gardena in the Italian Dolomites, say on our self-guided Great Dolomites Traverse, we’ve got a must do suggestion for you. Go to a foodie’s hidden heaven, located just above Ortisei on   Continue Reading →

Swiss Alps Flower Primer Part 2

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If you missed Part 1 of our Alps wildflower primer, be sure to check it out too.  Summer in the Swiss Alps seems to burst forth daily with new flowers.  Here are some of the most recent gems. Koch’s Gentian: Gentiana acaulis is endemic to Europe and found in mountain areas in Central and southern Europe.  It   Continue Reading →

Photo Essay: A Summer in Snapshots

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Throughout my first summer guiding in Switzerland I strove to capture the beauty and simplicity of what I saw around me. While leading tours I would collect a few snapshots. In the land of cheese and chocolate I found magic in the details. 1) Globe Flower Explosion The Globe flower’s scientific name is Trollius. They   Continue Reading →