Austria

Travel Cheats

September 9, 2015 Andy 0

I can’t help feeling like a cheat and wondering if the ease of my getting here hasn’t in some way diminished the achievement of those who have risked so much to stand where I am standing… […]

Europe

The Joy Of Travelling Around Switzerland

May 5, 2014 Andy 0

As I glide across this country, through landscapes whose beauty defies every superlative in my vocabulary, I contemplate whether the Swiss watch industry was born of the nation’s obsession with punctuality, or vice versa… […]

Jungfraujoch, Switzerland
Europe

On Top Of Europe At Jungfraujoch

November 18, 2013 Andy 2

Through emerald meadows awash with gentians, anemones and alpine roses grazed by white faced cattle, the train climbs before the landscape disappears, firstly into clouds and then into blackness as it enters the bodies of the Eiger and The Mönch. […]

Alpenhorn to greet a misty sunrise on Rigi
Europe

In Search Of Sunrise on Mount Rigi

July 25, 2013 Andy 2

We counted about eleven pre-dawn risers, the expressions on our faces mercifully veiled in the thick fog that enveloped us, rendering each other and our surroundings almost invisible. Only the eerie tinkle of cow bells emanating from behind the wall of bone-chilling mist convinced us that, beyond where we huddled, peaks and valleys lay, their ‘mighty panorama’ cloaked beyond any hope of visibility. […]

Daubensee, Valaise, Switzerland
Hiking

Walking with Ghosts in Switzerland’s Valais

July 17, 2013 Andy 0

I may have enjoyed the 21st century luxury of being whisked here by cable car rather than on foot along the potentially treacherous path of the Gemmi Pass as my celebrated predecessors had done, but the magnitude of what lay before me was the same one that had spread before their eyes 150 years ago. […]