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  1. Pauline

    Hiking Walking Easy in Europe

    In the 1990s Chet and Carolee Lipton wrote a brilliant set of books about hiking in Europe: Walking Easy in the Swiss Alps Walking Easy in the Italian Alps Walking Easy in the French Alps Walking Easy in the Austrian Alps In the 2000s these books were updated and combined into two books. New...
  2. Pauline

    Berner Oberland Hiking in Kandersteg

    Kandersteg, a small town in the Bernese Oberland of the Swiss Alps, is a hiking and skiing destination located in the River Kander valley, south west of Interlaken (population: 1200, elevation: 3,852 ft/1,174 m). Kandersteg is not as well known or crowded as other places in the Swiss Alps and is...
  3. Pauline

    Berner Oberland Hiking in Grindelwald

    Grindelwald is one of the best hiking destinations in the Swiss Alps but it is a popular tourist and tour bus destination so gets crowded. It is very popular with Japanese tourists and is a Japanese wedding destination. You leave the crowds behind once you are out on the trails. Where...
  4. Kathy

    Bavaria Alpine Adventures in Germany and Austria

    Mountains in every direction, surrounding deep blue lakes ... Storybook villages with timbered chalets ... Window boxes overflowing with colorful flowers ... Cows with huge bells, grazing in fields of wildflowers ... Elaborate painted houses ... Fairytale castles ... Huge mugs of beer ... Bowls...
  5. Villadeati, in February

    Villadeati, in February

    View over the high castle village, loking toward the Alps
  6. Zanco on fog6568.jpg

    Zanco on fog6568.jpg

    The village of Zanco floating on a morning fog bank
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    goodnight monviso.jpg

    The Monviso peak of the Italian Alps, from our house in Villa San Secondo