May 6th, 2010

Wanaka tree

Switzerland 2010 - Part two - Walensee and Appenzell.

On Wednesday of last week Rebekka and I took a succession of trains, large and small, south and east. First of all we landed up, by design, on the shores of the Walensee, one of Switzerland's fantastically scenic lakes. We did a great walk for about an hour or so, up round and precariously down a nearby hill. The views were stunning, the warm air invigorating and the smell of new mown grass delightfully summery. After a city day it was great to be back in the countryside, clean open air, lizards scuttling away amongst the leaves and rocks as you approached, a chance to walk and talk, share stories and enjoy each other's company.

The Swiss countryside is very special and, in a lot of cases, huge. Even though we were walking through temperatures in the mid-twenties, there was still snow on the higher peaks and in the more sheltered places. Leaves were fresh and new and the spring flowers in the meadows were gorgeous. I think I'll let the pictures do the talking.


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