Como, Italy – Italian riches

When taking a long road trip (for example, from France to Liechtenstein), it is always a good idea to have a point to stop, stretch one's legs and see something interesting to break up the monotonous hours of motorway/autobahn/highway travel. This specific stop was a nice city on the Swiss-Italian border (on the Italian side): Como. … Continue reading Como, Italy – Italian riches

Vaduz, Liechtenstein – A tiny capital for a tiny country

Vaduz dates back to the 1100s (at least, it appeared in manuscripts from the time); a castle dates from 1322, but the Swiss completely destroyed both in 1499. Until 1719, the Hohenems family held Liechtenstein. This is when the Liechtenstein family purchased it. The family originally came from Castle Liechtenstein in Lower Austria. They wanted … Continue reading Vaduz, Liechtenstein – A tiny capital for a tiny country

Steg, Liechtenstein – Halfway up the Liechtensteiner Alps

Making our way up from Triesenberg, the next stop in our trip through Liechtenstein was in Steg, a small village in the Liechtensteiner mountains. It is accessible only through a tunnel. Steg is so small that its population is simply added to the municipality of Triesenburg rather than counted separately. The grand total population therefore … Continue reading Steg, Liechtenstein – Halfway up the Liechtensteiner Alps

Parc national des Écrins, France – Hiking a glacier

On the French-Italian border, above the Parc Natural de Mercantour and below Mont Blanc/Chamonix, lies the Parc national des Écrins. Within this park, I came face-to-face with something I had never experienced before: a glacier. It was amazing! Until 27 August 2018, I had never seen a glacier before. Well, that is not true. Hiking … Continue reading Parc national des Écrins, France – Hiking a glacier

Triesenberg, Liechtenstein – Beginning the ascent of the country

Just south of the capital of Liechtenstein, Vaduz, there exist two towns with similar names. The first is Triesen, which like Vaduz, is located next to the Rhein River. Triesenberg (as the name suggested if you understand German), sits above Triesen on the side of one of the mountains in Liechtenstein. It is hard to … Continue reading Triesenberg, Liechtenstein – Beginning the ascent of the country

Balzers, Liechtenstein – On the valley floor

Balzers is a small town in Liechtenstein that is located in the south-west portion of the country, across the border (and the Rhein River, which is the border) from the Swiss town of Sargans. Balzers (like all places in Liechtenstein) is a small town a few thousand inhabitants. What sets it apart is the castle, … Continue reading Balzers, Liechtenstein – On the valley floor

Partnach Gorge (Partnachklamm), Germany – Olympic hiking

When one thinks about Germany, the usual stereotypes that one has of German culture is from Bavaria, with its Oktoberfest, Lederhosen and Oom-pah music. One of the things that you think about with Bavarian Alpine culture. However, did you know that there are other famous geographical formations around the Alps? How about Partnach Gorge? Near … Continue reading Partnach Gorge (Partnachklamm), Germany – Olympic hiking

Gruyères, Switzerland – Cheese, Chocolates and Cheer

Our next stop on the summer 2017 trip was a stop of almost pure gluttony of two of my favourite things (and my two favourite 'ch' words): cheese and chocolate. Gruyères, Switzerland hosts cheese and chocolate production facilities, specifically producers of Gruyère cheese and all types of chocolate from Maison Cailler. Maison Cailler, Gruyères From … Continue reading Gruyères, Switzerland – Cheese, Chocolates and Cheer

Mont Blanc/Chamonix, France – Alpine climb

Mont Blanc is the crowning jewel of Savoie in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of France. Mont Blanc and the main town nestled at its base, known as Chamonix, was the next and final stop on our trip through southern France during the summer of 2017. Unfortunately, I cannot say much about the town except that it … Continue reading Mont Blanc/Chamonix, France – Alpine climb

Mercantour, France – Franco-Italian beauty

After Marseille, the next stop on our tour last summer was Mercantour National Park (Parc national du Mercantour) on the border between France and Italy (which we crossed into unknowingly). This part of France is sparsely inhabited as most of the population of the area lives along the coast. Only small villages, many of them … Continue reading Mercantour, France – Franco-Italian beauty