Winter Grey

 

This is one of my favorites place in the forest. The trees are simply amazing and this by all kind of weather. I love colors and I love the sun, but I also like mystic look where colors seems to be erased and the world only in black and white.

Note: photos without adjustments.

 

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Switzerland: Tremola – Old Road over the St. Gotthard Pass

Yesterday we had the chance to see the Tremola road in half embedded from clouds while a few sun-rays highlighted this extremely beautiful landscape.

Since a few year the traffic jam for the Gotthard tunnel let tourist wait a long time (even hours) to pass the tunnel and reach the other side of the alps. In winter we don’t have many other chances if we don’t want to surround the place and take another way, but during summer times, after the snow disappeared there is another option: the highway over the the Gotthard pass or even the Tremola.  The Tremola is most beautiful of all Alpine roads. From Airolo, the historic pass road snakes around hairpin bends up to the Gotthard.  In our case we were on the highway, we planned to be at home before dinner and so we escaped the traffic jam and we headed up to the mountains.

I still can remember as a long long time ago, as I was a child we drove over the Tremola and how seasick I felt! Well, yesterday noticed the road in a different coat, the soft cloud framed it so beautifully that I had to try to take a few snapshot from the driving car (I was not driving myself!  🙂 ).

So beautiful!

 

Some random links concerming the Tremola:

https://www.alptransit-portal.ch/en/events/ereignis/the-first-paved-road-through-the-mountains/

https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-ch/scenic-route-airolo-gletsch.html

http://www.ticino.ch/en/commons/details/Gotthard-Pass-and-Tremola/111976.html

http://www.newlyswissed.com/trailing-ticino-tremola/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gotthard_Pass

 

 

 

Random hiking place: Horweli – Längenfeldmoos – Horweli (Obwalden, SwitzerlandI)

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How to escape a lazy Sunday day? Well, Sunday is a resting day, but this does not exclude activities which would let you feel open to the world and ready to discover something new!

We planned to hike on the alps, the sky turned darker and the weather forecast not the best. We stopped and turned to the west, avoiding the really high mountains.

Driving driving on a small road up to the hill we reached a point where we had no right to continue driving; we parked our car and we had a look to our map in wikiloc for a possible trail.

After only a few steps we reached a field of cow and a lot of ochids (Dactylorhiza fuchsii?) flowers. How cute are these animals!

We have been there around 4 hours, walking and taking pics of the typical Swiss landscape.

You can follow the path HERE in wilikoc!

 

 

Hiking to Monte Bar from Corticiasca (Switzerland)

 

A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to make an excursion in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland. We arrived in the morning and after the lunch we decided to make a few steps in the mountains around Lugano.

Friend of us suggested to visit the villages around Mt. Bar and I could not wait to go there. Since I was child I looked at these Mountains especially if covered with snow and I dreamed to go there once. In some way this never happened.

I had a look to my beloved app “wikiloc” looking for some way in order to approach the peak until I found that from the village of Corticiasca we could at least walk few hundred meters in the direction of the peak. We arrived in Corticiasca after 3 pm, quite late for this project and we started to look for a parking place: not so easy!

I started the app, and on the way I stopped for a few pictures. The village was really cute, facing the sun and looking in the direction of Lugano.

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After passing the village we reached a field with wild narcissus flowers (Narcissus poeticus), sheep at this point we saw the “Denti della Vecchia” (“old ladies teeth)

Mount was just in front of us.  A few hundred meters up adorable highland cattles! We had  spent quite a long time taking picture of those shire animals with the long horns, until one of them became quite friendly with us and we could take photos with it. We had a short rest and we filled up our bottles of water.

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My family asked me how much I planned to walk, I could not give an exactly answer I did not know how much we would walk/hike but I my mind I knew I would love to got as far as possible; the view more and more superb! We continued our walk, trees became rare and finally we reached the alpine zone. In front of us we saw the gravel road zigzagging up on the mountain in the direction of the refuge. The peak of the mount w

as covered by fog but the refuge was in front of us!

I was not prepared to find such a modern and beautiful refuge, the architecture was perfect as the combination of the wood and the wide window to view could not be more scenic!

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I run behind the refuge for a few photos and I saw that the sky cleared up and peak was in front of me! It seemed so near, but still 200 meter elevations until the peak. It was quite late, we knew that we had the way back, but the peak was irresistible. On the way we had the luck to find some gentian flowers where a fantastic highlight for us! Finally we reached the peak, some snow  here and there.

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On the way back we stopped in the hut for a coffee. We will come here again for sure!

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Wiloc trail: https://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=17723005

Around Origlio Lake

 

This year I’ve spent my Easter holidays in Ticino (Italian speaking part of Switzerland) where we enjoyed lukewarm days with the family and with friends.

After lunch we decided to have a walk, not hiking, but simply a few enjoyable hours in the nature around the protected area of the lake of Origlio.

No camera, this time, but my smartphone with one of my favorite apps “Wikiloc” to record the trail. So we are, I hope some of you will enjoy the photos and perhaps once the walk!

 

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