More Cow Bell: Hiking in Switzerland

We came to Switzerland to hike. We are not super fit, but we have boots and lots of good ideas so it was going to epic, right? Well actually, yes, it was epic. That is the kind of place Switzerland is. The Swiss have, for centuries, been making the Alps accessible to normal people-- and … Continue reading More Cow Bell: Hiking in Switzerland

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Chasing the Yellow Jersey: the Tour de France in Switzerland

The timing of our Switzerland trip worked out so that we could see  Stage 17 of the Tour de France as it was taking a 'de-tour' through Switzerland! Amazingly I found cheap lodging near the route so our scheming began. Every Tour stage has 2 parts: the caravan and the actual race. The caravan parade consists … Continue reading Chasing the Yellow Jersey: the Tour de France in Switzerland

Switzerland: Steep Tiny Villages with Cheese.

Our Swiss adventure began in July. This was my first time in the Alps and I was SO excited to glimpse them from the plane!  When we landed in Geneva, we grabbed a train to Bex, just south of Aigle. As we passed along Lake Geneva through Lausanne and Montreux, I was astonished at the … Continue reading Switzerland: Steep Tiny Villages with Cheese.

7 Easy Steps to a Surprise Birthday in a Castle in Scotland

Step 1: Move to Scotland so you aren't so disappointed when it rains on your fantasy getaway. Your special someone will already be acclimated and remark at how its only raining a little bit and "not blowing sideways so its actually pretty nice out".  50 shades of gray has been a big hit here for … Continue reading 7 Easy Steps to a Surprise Birthday in a Castle in Scotland

Driving Out Loud

When careening down the 'wrong' side of a curvy road in the hinterlands and suddenly coming upon a busy roundabout, sounds emerge from one’s mouth reflexively that resemble a bad impersonation of a humpback whale. (picture Dori in Finding Nemo) Upon the counsel of the brave man riding shotgun in the left-sided passenger seat, courage … Continue reading Driving Out Loud

Light, Shadow and ‘Celebrity’ in St. Giles Cathedral

St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, even for the amateur photographer like me, was a bonanza! We went inside on a bit of a treasure hunt. Hubs had said there was a mystery inside but he could not tell me what it was... We were lucky to be there as the sun was playing on the … Continue reading Light, Shadow and ‘Celebrity’ in St. Giles Cathedral