Hiking in the Areuse Gorge

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Hiking in the Areuse Gorge

Our hike in the “Gorges de l’Areuse”  was a spur of the moment decision where we literally went from coffee and pj’s to camel backs and hiking gear in 5 minutes flat. We joined the caravan of our Leysinian friends and we were off towards Neuchâtel. We parked the car at the train station in Noiraigue located about 25 minutes from Neuchâtel  (or an hour and 40 minutes from Leysin). From Noiraigue, we followed the yellow … Read More

Lavertezzo, Switzerland Weekend Getaway

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Lavertezzo, Switzerland

We left Leysin on Thursday morning and decided to take the scenic, longer route towards Lavertezzo stopping in Andermatt along the way for lunch. About an hour into our trip, we came across this suspension bridge in Bellwald and just had to stop… My knees may have been shaking a bit as we made our way across. And come to find out, this bridge, the Goms Bridge, was built only this past summer to connect … Read More

Swiss Désalpe Festivals

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Swiss Désalpe Festivals

“FALL is coming” (said in my best Ned Stark impression). And you know it’s coming because cows adorned with flower arrangements the size of small Christmas trees will begin to make their way down from their high Alpine pastures towards lower and warmer ground. We’ve been to various types of festivals in Switzerland (Christmas festivals, wine festivals, chestnut festivals, cheese festivals) and the Swiss Désalpe Festivals take the cake. I absolutely love them. There’s just something about … Read More

Our night in an Igloo – Kemmeriboden Bad, Switzerland

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Kemmeriboden Bad Igloo

We were recently given an amazing engagement gift… a night in an igloo! On Friday afternoon, we drove to Kemmeriboden (website here), Switzerland, north of Interlaken. It was about a three hour drive from Leysin and this place couldn’t have been more in the middle of nowhere! But what a wonderful experience! A few details of the night are below: The bridge leading into the Inn… Isn’t it quaint!? The house and farm were built … Read More

Swiss Engagement Photos in Leysin

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We may have been a little late with our Swiss engagement photos, but ‘better late than never’ right? Our very kind and talented neighbor, LeighAnn (visit her site here!), offered up her services and we’re stoked with the results! We used our village, Leysin, as the backdrop and we caught it right before all of the snow melted! In 30 years, when we’re gray and in our rocking chairs on the front porch, I will … Read More

Winter in Leysin, Switzerland

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Winter in Leysin, Switzerland

This winter in Leysin has been like a Will Ferrell movie: Not exactly fabulous, but a few moments of absolute greatness. Until Christmas, there was practically no snow down in the village and only man-made snow at the top of the mountain. (We were still mountain biking up until November 27th!) On December 27th, we were finally able to break out pawpaw’s “blizzerator” (a super-duper snow broom scraper contraption for the car) which he got us … Read More

Climbing Pic Chaussy

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Pic Chaussy from Leysin

Climbing Pic Chaussy has been on our “To-Do” list for quite some time. It’s visible from most of Leysin and I had always wondered what Leysin would look like standing atop the peak. We rallied up our good friends Aaron and Gabriela and decided it was the perfect Saturday for such a trek. Using the handy Swiss Mobility site, we found our starting point in Les Mosses. The roundtrip hike took around 3 hours and … Read More

Mountain Biking in Zermatt, Switzerland

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Just beautiful! Zermatt, Switzerland

To celebrate our good friend Avery’s birthday, we took off towards Zermatt, Switzerland early Saturday morning. Kelley grabbed this Coke at the gas station so it was bound to be a good day…. right? After parking in Tasch (Zermatt is a carless city), we took the train into Zermatt and another up to Gornergrat, the starting point for our MTB ride. Unfortunately, this downhill course was a little too advanced for my skill level as … Read More