Maloja District

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  • Day5

    Travelling to St Moritz

    September 8 in Switzerland

    Today was a travel day. I’ve come to St Moritz so I can catch the Glacier Express. Originally I was only going to stay one night and catch the train tomorrow but I ended up booking it for Monday so I have two nights here.

    The train journey from Zurich was lovely. The first leg was to Landquart and only took an hour. There isn’t much in Landquart and according to my train schedule I should have changed trains and kept going. It would have gotten me into St Moritz too early to check in and the seat wasn’t reserved so I could take any train along that route.
    So I took a look through the Fashion outlet which is like a mini villiage in itself. There were so many interesting things but not having the storage the only thing I bought was some Lindt chocolate. I know we have it at home but I chose flavours I haven’t seen before such as elderberry and orange.

    The train from Landquart to St Moritz was stunning. I could tell we were increasing in altitude so I downloaded an altitude app on my phone (yes I know I’m a dork) and we went from 736m to 1829m.
    The hotel is wonderful. It’s a 4 star hotel, I have a single room but I’m sure the bed is a double bed. Everything is just a little bit fancy. After checking in I returned to the train station to get some information on what to do tomorrow as there is a lot to choose from. Fortunately there is a summer special where if you stay 2+ nights you get a complimentary travel card which gives free travel on all the cable cars and trains. I then took the bus just to see where it went. That’s when I discovered that bot the public transport app and google maps did me a disservice buy having me get off the bus one stop early and having to walk uphill with my suitcase when the bus stops opposite the hotel.

    It’s been a long day so I’m due for an early night I think.
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  • Day6

    Top of the World

    September 9 in Switzerland

    So much beautiful scenery today. I need to marry a doctor who runs a sanatorium in the Alps! I’d love to spend a month here.
    I started with Piz Nair, a mountain that overlooks St Moritz. Two funiculars and a cable car got me two the top. On the way up I saw and heard cows with cowbells. The scenery was simply stunning.
    I returned to St Moritz and took the train towards Tirano to Diavolezza. The scenery on the was amazing. It is the first part of the Bernina Express and I can see why.
    At the top there was a glacier. Again stunning.
    What surprised me most about both mountains is that it wasn’t that cold. I had one layer on (long sleeves) and I was fine. I lugged my jacket around all day but didn’t need it.
    By the time I got back to the hotel I was really tired and footsore so I booked in for foot reflexology. Definitely worth it. I had picked up a roll and bits which I had in my room for tea. What I saved on food I spent on the foot massage.
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  • Day1


    December 11, 2017 in Switzerland

    Gestern sind wir zu dritt um kurz nach zehn in St. Moritz angekommen. Da es aber leicht schneite und es neblig war hatten wir keine Eile und darum standen wir erst um 12 auf der Piste ⛷. Nebel, ständig wechselnde Schneeverhältnisse und der Schneefall sorgten dafür das wir nach zwei Stunden die Schnauze voll hatten wir uns den angenehmen Dingen von all inklusive zuwandten. Der Bar 🍹🍹🍻
    Heute sollte alles besser werden und wir standen voll motiviert um 8.45 Uhr bereit zur Abfahrt mit dem Bus. Aber leider die Ansage, die Lifte am Corvatsch sind gesperrt. Also wieder zu Fuß zur Signalbahn ins Corviglia Skigebiet. Aber wegen des Windes mit Geschwindigkeiten bis zu 💯 km/h ging hier nur die Zahnradbahn nach oben. Dort angekommen empfingen uns Orkanböhen waagrechter Schneefall und kaum Sicht Zurückgekämpft zur Signalbahn und ab ins Tal. Das war eigentlich eine schöne Abfahrt mit super Schnee ❄️
    Nach einer guten Stunde zurück im Hotel
    Wille bewiesen und darum jetzt einen Willi 🍸
    Am Nachmittag werd ich mal die Wellness Abteilung des Hotels erkunden
    Und für morgen hoffen wir auf besseres Wetter 🙏
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  • Day2

    Es wird besser

    December 12, 2017 in Switzerland

    Heute startete der Bus 🚌 um 9. 00 Uhr vom Hotel richtig Corvatsch. Dort angekommen die Meldung das Skigebiet ist gesperrt, um 9.30 Uhr wird entschieden ob die Lifte fahren. Um 9.30 Uhr die Meldung, wir entscheiden um 12 Uhr wie es weitergeht Zurück in die Busse und ab zur Signalbahn. An der Bergstation angekommen das gleiche Spiel wie gestern 😡 Der komplette obere Teil war gesperrt, heute wegen Sprengung von Lawinen
    Also einige mal die Celerina Talabfahrt gefahren
    Guter Schnee ❄️ und ordentliche Sicht.
    Nach einem kurzen Mittagsimbiss hatten wir dann doch noch Glück 🍀. Kurz vor uns öffnete der Marguns Skilift und wir hatten eine jungfräuliche Piste An diesen Hängen verbrachten wir den Nachmittag
    Nach 515 Stunden, 7300 Höhenmetern und 45 Pistenkilometern waren wir zum Abschluss an der Bar bei Bier 🍻 und Willi
    Und jetzt warten wir auf morgen, da ist nur Sonnenschein 🌞 angesagt 👍
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  • Day193

    Day 194: Eastwards to Zuoz via Sardona

    August 27, 2017 in Switzerland

    Long day of driving today! Said a fond farewell to our hosts Wali and Anita who had been lovely, and had a quick Skype session with Korrin and the kids as well over breakfast. Hit the road at a reasonable time and started driving east (though firstly back out of the long Grindelwald valley).

    The plan for the day was to drive eastwards, skirting around the Alps, to our destination for the day at Zuoz, near St Moritz in south-eastern Switzerland. On the way we would visit another UNESCO site - the Sardona Tectonic Arena.

    Unfortunately because the area is quite mountainous, we couldn't head directly anywhere and had to do a lot of driving in circles, almost. Northwards to Lucerne where we stopped quickly to take photos of the beautiful lake, then south and east over a series of mountain passes that tested out our Mini and my driving ability. Several narrow roads, lots of switchbacks and up-and-downs to keep me interested! It was kind of fun, but quite draining as well.

    Eventually we arrived at the tectonic arena. It's basically a large geological area where mountain-forming processes are well-demonstrated, and somewhere that was quite important to the development of geology as a science. The key feature we'd come to see was the "Glarus Thrust", a series of sharp pinnacles high above where you could clearly see old, weathered rock sitting on top of newer, jagged rocks.

    To geologists of the 19th century this made no sense, because the accumulation of material principle says that the oldest stuff should always be on the bottom, right? This rock is all layered in clear strata, why would it be any different? Eventually someone worked out that rocks pushing together caused the thrusts, and once the plate tectonics theory became widely accepted in the 1950s the matter was put to rest.

    So we rode a tiny 4-seater cable car up a long valley, marvelling at the rocks. They were impressive, lots of clear strata on display. It all had a very violent feel to it as well, like the rocks had been clashed together fiercly, buckling and twisting the whole time. When we got off the cable car, the Glarus thrust was still a long way above us and several kilometres distant, but close enough for a clear view and hopefully a decent video.

    Did our filming and chilled out near a mountain restaurant hut, though not wanting to pay Swiss prices we just sat on the grass nearby and ate our apples. Time to go, and we walked the five minutes back to the cable car, only to discover a huge queue of about 20 people waiting! Only two gondolas, one every 9 minutes or so, four people per, this was going to take a while! And we still had a couple of hours drive to get to our accommodation before reception closed at 6pm, it was just after 3pm so we were going to be cutting it fine!

    In the end it worked out, as a couple of groups in front of us went down in batches of six, then we squeezed six into ours as well, so the line cleared in about half an hour thankfully. Back to the car where we drove the rest of the way to the hotel, way over in eastern Switzerland not far from the Italian border. Another epic mountain pass road to get there!

    Very tiny little town, and an odd hotel since we have single beds along a wall (our feet are touching), and a shared bathroom out in the hallway. Feels like the sort of place you'd stay at school camp! Since it was Sunday and of course all the shops were closed, we had to visit a restaurant for dinner. The hotel recommended a place about 10 minutes walk away on the edge of town with "reasonable prices" and good food. It was fairly standard Swiss fare in both cost and quality - I had a potato rosti with bacon, egg and cheese for about 20 francs.

    Bed early tonight, as we've got another long day coming tomorrow with a lot more driving!
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  • Day194

    Day 195: Convent & Rhaetian Railway

    August 28, 2017 in Switzerland

    Lots of driving and two UNESCO sites today! Up and out quite early, driving about an hour north to our first stop, the Benedictine Convent of St John in Munster. Quite a wordy name! This is an old monastery (later a convent, hence the name), where monks did a lot of influential writing and painting. The frescoes here in the church date to the 900s, and are exceptionally well-preserved.

    Since we arrived fairly early, hardly anyone was around which was quite nice, so we managed to get our filming done quickly. There's a couple of other things to see here in the museum, but it was 12 francs each and we decided not to bother.

    Back to the car where we drove back exactly the way we'd come! Through our hotel town, then back over the epic mountain pass from yesterday, great views the whole way. Our destination now was the Rhaetian Railway, set up in the late 19th century to better connect the remote areas of Switzerland with the rest of the country, and of course with Italy as well.

    There are two branches to the railway; combined they are about 125km long, have over 200 bridges and viaducts, and over 50 tunnels and covered galleries! There's some fantastic sections as well, like watching a train disappear into a tunnel, only to reappear a few moments later much higher up the mountain, crossing a viaduct to the other side of the valley!

    There were some genuine spots where it looked like the old railway sets I used to play with as a kid, and I wouldn't be at all surprised to discover those sets were based on this railway - at least in part! We stopped at one spectacular viaduct, waiting a while as a few trains went back and forth. There were some nearby tunnels too, and of course a gushing glacial river. Very picturesque place.

    We filmed what we needed, checked out a couple of nearby train stations, then decided we'd drive back over the epic mountain pass for a third time to our hotel valley, then head south briefly to St Moritz. It's a famous ski town, frequented by the rich and famous. We didn't spot anyone rich or famous, in fact the town didn't seem all that nice or even particularly wealthy.

    But what we did find by complete accident was the remnants of a Ferrari exhibition that some workmen were packing up. A whole bunch of beautiful Ferraris getting loaded into trucks, including a few F1 cars from the 1980s, a Ferrari F40 (they bravely left the keys in and the engine running while getting it on the truck!!), a few Ferrari touring cars, and best of all - a 1968 Ferrari P5 concept car. As far as I can tell, it's the only one ever produced!

    Took a bunch of photos and nerded out a bit, then decided we'd head back to Zuoz after a long day of driving, exploring and filming. Watched Game of Thrones and had supermarket pre-packed salads for dinner before an early bed-time. Lots more driving to come tomorrow!
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  • Day36

    Anfahrt zum Como See

    May 12 in Switzerland

    Um 1/2 9 ging es los. Die Route war natürlich mit Pässen gespickt. Durch das Engadin ging es als 1. zum Malojapass. Die Kehren sind jedesmal aufs Neue beeindruckend.

    Beeindruckend erschreckend, immer wieder die Hose voll beim runterfahren.... 😂 Gut dass keiner zusieht und alle weit vorne weg sind.
    Kaffeepause mitten in den Kehren... Da musste ich erst mal kräftig schlucken und brauchte Mut... Viel Mut 🙈 beim losstarten.Read more

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Maloja District, Bezirk Maloja, Distretto di Maloggia

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