Saint Gallen

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  • Day9

    storm chasing

    August 29, 2016 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    It was Jan, Bern and me heading out early on our bikes today. Sheril and Dave went to the bike shop, and Illy needed a rest day...
    The dark clouds were looming... and as we decided to pull over under the eaves of a barn to don our wet weather gear the skies opened up... The lovely owner ran over from her house to unlock the barn and let us in...and we enjoyed watching the lightning showRead more

  • Day3


    September 6, 2018 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    I started the day early as I was awake at 4:30am. It meant I was up and going by 9am as I had to go back tpthe mobile phone shop. My SIM card hadn’t kicked in. No idea what the guy did but he got it going.
    I then walked down Bahnhofstrasse. It’s the shopping street of Zurich. By the time I got to the end the shops were all very high end - Burberry, Hermes, Cartier, Bvlgari.
    I was heading down to Lake Zurich and if I didn’t use Bahnhofstrasse I would have been walking parallel to it.
    I had planned to do a round trip on the Lake but overhearing a tour guide talking to her group I decided to get off at Rapperswil. The boat trip was very scenic. Rather than a tour with a commentary it was more like a commuter trip. My ticket was just an all day/all zones public transport ticket.
    Rapperswil is at the other end of the Lake/the beginning of the upper Lake.
    There were a lot of Italian restaurants there but I did manage to find a Swiss one.
    After lunch I walked up to the castle. It is now actually a Polish museum celebrating both Poles in Switzerland and Swiss in Poland. I don’t actually know that much about the history of Poland but am interested in finding out more after today.
    The castle itself is gorgeous. I was able to go all the way up into the tower.
    By the time I made it into Rapperswil I was rather tired. I came back to Zurich via train.
    The receptionist was able to recommend and reserve a table at a fondue restaurant. It was a short walk away and very delicious. Even though my portion was smaller than that for a couple it couldn’t have been only half the amount. I watched several couples scrape the bottom of the fondue pot. I had the traditional version with wine and kirsch.
    I did discover I was doing it wrong though. I would use the long fork to dip the bread in the fondu and then transfer it to my dinner fork. Everyone else was eating from the long fork which didn’t seem very hygienic to me.
    After I finished I walked down to the river for a gentle stroll back to the hotel. It’s a beautiful night, very summer like.
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  • Day16

    St. Gallen

    July 11, 2017 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    We arrive at St. Gallen after driving across the Alps to check in at our first Air BnB. Toni chose well here with a comfortable apartment close to the centre of town and Toni's cousin Raphaella. We had dinner with Raphaella and her family with lots of conversation and planning a activities for the next couple of days. It was quite late by the time we got to bed after what had been a long day.

    The next day, Martina, Raphaella's daughter had the day planned out for us. Together with her family we had brunch in the town centre and then a tour the town. St. Gallen is very picturesque place. The town while modern is at the same time very traditional architecturally and has one of the nicest cathedrals I have seen. From the town centre we visited the very taditional Swiss town of Appenzell. This is a quaint village with its own brewery and cheese factory. All set amongst rolling green hills, cows with tall grey mountains as a backdrop.

    Later in the day we visited Lake Bodence to the north of St. Gallen, which forms the border between Switzerland and Germany. It has a very nicely developed forshore with parks and avenues of trees. The lake supports all kinds of water activities but was quite choppy when we were there.

    The next place we visited was a parkland in the hills behind the city, providing a complete view of St. Gallen below it. The park is a forest setting with a series of 3 cascading lakes that have been set up for swimming, water polo and diving. This a a really good setup for all the locals to use.

    Lastly we noticed what appeared to be many little huts amongst what looked like flower and vegetable gardens. This was correct. Most people live in apartments without land, so the council rents out tracts of land for any residents prepared to pay a small yearly fee to have access to grow their own fruit, vegetables. One of Carmelo's friends showed us around and allowed us to try some of his fresh veggies. It was amazing to see some of these little gardens.

    Everywhere you looked there was a photo to be taken with every scene that could be a post card. A genuinely pretty place with a good balance between a modern town a traditional town and a country ambience.
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  • Day343

    Switzerland! Schweiz!

    May 13, 2017 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    After waking up from a dream about Peter buying a spider (prompted no doubt by the huge spider that appeared on my arm yesterday whilst cycling) we made our way to Lake Constance and into Switzerland! Seeing the snow-covered alps was pretty epic as we past our western-most point of the route. Lake Constance itself is really nice, well-served by a cycle route and interesting throughout the 50km that we followed it today.

    Old-fashioned farms met very modern residential areas, chic waterside cafés, little harbours and swimming access "pools" off the lake. We could hear frogs along a small pond part at one point as well as the sheep each wearing their own little bells.

    As expected, Switz is pretty pricey! (Hence why we're currently in a tent having cooked ourselves!) A campsite can of beer was 5 CHF (about £4.50) and a bag of salad in the supermarket was (4.50 CHF)! Peter was so excited about the salad he couldn't wait until we camped to eat it!

    Ja, was gibt es hinzuzufügen? Neben uns liegen zwei schnarchenden Holländer im Zelt, ebenfalls Radreisende. In der Schweiz hat man das Gefühl, dass die Mehrheit recht gut begütert ist. Vielleicht täuscht es aber auch und es gibt auch Armut. Am Bodensee jedenfalls nicht. Viele Häuser mit Wasserzugang sind wohl nur Wochenendhäuser. Wem sie wohl gehören? Fussballspielern? Auf jeden Fall ist das Panorama große Klasse.
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  • Day4


    April 14, 2014 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    Nach dem gemeinsamen Frühstück sind wir weiter über Ibach (Victorinox) nach Walenstadt am Walensee. Hier habe ich im Haus meiner Urgroßeltern jedes Jahr mit meinen Eltern und Schwester die Sommerurlaube verbracht. Nun zeige ich meiner Familie diesen kleinen Ort.
    Dann ging es weiter nach "Dorf" zur Appenzeller Schaukäserei und anschließend zur Endstation des Tages, nach St.Gallen, auf den dortigen Womostellplatz am Station.Read more

  • Day3

    Regen , Regen. .. Sonnenschein

    July 26, 2017 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    Laufkilometer heute 24 👏👏👏 mein Auschlag hab ich immer noch und es juckt wie noch was 😣🤔
    Start heute morgen im Regen , eingepackt im Regenponcho blieb ich zumindest halbwegs trocken. Nach 18 Kilometern hat es dann aufgehört und die Sonne kam raus. Heute war ich denn kompletten Seewanderweg alleine. Menschenleer. .. hin und wieder begegneten mir Leute beim Gassi gehen, doch von Wanderern keine Spur 😂 ...Read more

  • Day3

    Endlich Pause

    July 26, 2017 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Nach 4 Stunden Laufzeit hab ich mir erstmal ne Pause gegönnt unter einer Hütte hab ich ein trockenes fast Windstilles Plätzchen gefunden 😊
    Am Weg entlang ging es durch Dörfer in denen noch Häuser mit der Holzzapfenvertäfelung zu sehen sind ... Was ein Handwerk 🙄 wahrscheinlich unbezahlbar heute ?!

You might also know this place by the following names:

Kanton St. Gallen, Sankt Gallen, Saint Gallen, كانتون سانت غالن, Saint-Gall, San Gallo, 장크트갈렌 주, Son Gagl

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