Swiss Alps

From Vienna we trained to Zurich,  got frustrated by their internet policies, adjusted a bit after a nice (and very expensive) dinner, Airbnb nights sleep and then headed out for Maloja the next morning.

So happy to get out to the Swiss Alps. Good friends from Sebastopol have a family home there who we met (there) and visited with for several days. 

I've never been to Switzerland or the Alps so we spent our time visiting some small villages and hiking. 

Maloja is a bit east of St. Moritz and is well known among skiers as a fantastic cross country venue.

 

Soglio

Soglio

We took one day trip to Soglio which requires a crazy drive down some corkscrew roads at steep declines and inclines. The village name means Sun which has lots of value in the winter. The villages in the valley see no sun for three winter months.

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Our hosts and Franny on one of the many mountain trails in the area. The whole region is very hiker friendly.

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Vistas galore, at every turn on our hikes; quaint farms and villages too. 

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And so we bid the Alps adieu. A wonderful visit with friends and new friends and with a beautiful piece of this beautiful earth. 

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As I hiked through the Alps I was reminded of our grand Sierras and became quite homesick. I look forward to exploring new regions, new trails and new lakes later this summer and early fall. Onward.