Gletschergarten Reflections

It was back to work for us today, sort of…. in the nicest of ways. One of our prime purposes for coming to Switzerland was to photograph the historic mirror maze at the Gletschergarten in Lucerne. Built in 1896, the maze was originally constructed at the Swiss National Exhibition in Zurich, then moved and reassembled…

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Lovely Luzern

After a morning of wandering around Zurich, we took the train down to Luzern (Lucerne) to continue our Swiss adventure. The city is lovely, but touristy and crowded, even this late in the season. Tomorrow we’ll be back on our labyrinth quest, but today was simply about exploring.

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In Love with Zurich, part 4

We ended our day with a wonderful fondue followed by another long stroll through the city to enjoy the lights and the conviviality of the crowds.

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In Love with Zurich, part 3

Continuing our quest, we went in search of the modern walkable labyrinth, the Zeughaushof. A labyrinth set within a labyrinth, it is obviously popular with locals who bring their lunches and sit on the benches to enjoy both the garden and the sunshine. The outer labyrinth is a charming creative garden pathway, while the inner…

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In Love with Zurich, part 2

Our priority, naturally, was to search out the city’s two labyrinths, one very old,  one modern. This labyrinth set into the wall of a house in the old city dates back to 1585. We went into the shop that now occupied the building and had a wonderful chat with its proprietress,  Denise. She told us…

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In Love with Zurich, part 1

I did not expect to fall so deeply in love with Zurich.  I’m sure the incredible weather has something to do with my euphoria,  and  it definitely played up the city’s charm,  but I think it is the people who make this city what it is. I’ve had such a lovely day that I scarcely…

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Homeward Bound

Our final day on the road. The weather was grey and soggy for most of the 400 miles we covered, but we were determined to see a few interesting things along the way. Crossing over Hadrian’s Wall is always an emotional experience for me… how utterly amazing that a wall like that could have been…

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Innerleithen

The Tweed River valley is lush, green, and rich with history and tradition. Today we explored two places that seem to draw this community together. St. Ronan’s Well is just up the road from the Glede Knowe Guest House where we are staying. A natural spring, legend has it that it was created when St Ronan…

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South to the Border

Our 2015 tours are finished. I’m glowing from the sheer fabulousness of spending all this time taking wonderful people to amazing places. I’m going to  be missing my travel friends for quite some time, but I’m also looking forward to spending a couple of days with my sweetie as we meander our way home. After…

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Pilgrimage with a Difference

Back on the mainland, we made a pilgrimage of a different sort. Our friend and travel companion is a golfer, so today we journeyed to his holy grail, the Old Course at St. Andrews. Even I felt a bit choked up when they let us walk out across the green to visit the wee Swilken…

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