The Flüela Pass, Graubünden, Switzerland

Driving through this high mountain pass in the Swiss Alps, on our way to France, was yet another memory!  Not so much for the beauty – and it was beautiful -but for the sheer fear and excitement of the experience!  Our little rented car, while equipped for driving in Switzerland, depended on the navigation and…

Guarda, Switzerland -A True Fairytale Village of History and Inspiration

Recommended as a must-see before leaving the area, Guarda was our next stop after leaving Lavin. After a few switchbacks that wound the way up a grassy slope, we arrived at a village, literally out of a storybook.  This tiny village inspired the design of the main character’s home in his first childrens book, published…

Lavin, Switzerland – Visiting the Guitar Maker, Luke Brunner

We arrived in Lavin around 7:00pm, at the home of Luke Brunner. Our host warmly welcomed us, then showed us to the small apartment in his home we rented for the night.  We spoke briefly as we settled in, then my musician husband happily left with Luke to receive a tour of his workshop: Brunner Guitars. I opted out of…

Driving from Campione d’Italia, an Italian Exclave to Lavin, Switzerland

This was a beautiful drive of transforming culture and architecture as well as changing landscape as we left Campione d’Italia and drove through the Mediterranean inspired Swiss town of Lugano and Italian commune Porlezza back into the European inspired areas of Switzerland surrounded by the Alps such as  St. Moritz , Zernez and Susch that lead us to Lavin. By the time…

Campione d’Italia, Italy – An Italian Exclave in Switzerland

We stumbled upon this jewel of a location trying to find a hotel with parking in Lugano.  We didn’t realize we were in a Italian exclave until we arrived.  And what an AMAZING surprise! I fell in love with Campione d’Italia. The entire town crawls up from the shores of Lake Lugano along the base of Sighignola Mountain.  Here,…

A Magical, Traditional Swiss-German Christmas Eve in Kandersteg, Switzerland

This was a true highlight of our Christmas Holidays in Switzerland!  This was a Christmas Eve I will never forget! The evening began at Nico’s Restaurant, Hotel Alfa Soleil with a four course set menu prepared for the special evening.  Guests waited in the charming lobby of the hotel as final preparations for the Christmas Eve Dinner…

Zermatt, Gornergrat Bahn, The Matterhorn, Switzerland

This was an unplanned and unexpected highlight of our Christmas vacation in Switzerland. We woke up and wondered what to do on the Eve of Christmas Eve?  A trip to see the Matterhorn seemed perfect!!! We started our journey to Zermatt taking the BLS Car Transport from Kandersteg on our way to Täsch.  In the town of…

Hiking – Kandersteg, Switzerland

While my husband was off snowboarding, I took the day to enjoy the fresh air of the mountains on foot.  I walked one of the many trails of the area and found myself going off the beaten track. Love, Stephanie  xoxo

Kandersteg, Switzerland

Kandersteg. This was a magical village of gingerbread houses and fairytales decorated for Christmas, nestled in Alpine landscape. We spent four days here, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, while relaxing in the comforts of Toni’s Alpine Loft.  This was a dream itself!!!  Nothing like a state of the art apartment with a hot tub surrounded…

Interlaken, Switzerland

We did not spend a whole lot of time exploring this lovely village.  This was the town we drove through that took us to Beatenburg. We spent an afternoon walking around the town, mainly to rent snowboards and buy groceries.  Then that evening we went to Ice Magic enjoying hot chocolate and mulled wine as we walked around…

Snowboarding – Grinderwald, Switzerland

This was one of my favorite days – but I have very few pictures to show for it because I didn’t want to bring my camera knowing this was my first time snowboarding and A) it is with great certainty that I would be falling A LOT for the entire time I was on the…

Hiking – Beatenburg, Switzerland

My husband and I decided to trek up one of the many hiking trails in the area, some leading up to the apex of the Niederhorn Mountain. Ignoring the many rigorous fitness stations located along the trail, we pushed onwards, steeply upwards…taking many breaks along the way to catch our breath!!  We made it as far…