Oh Switzerland, you are so beautiful.
Gorner Gorge, Valais, Swiss Alps, Zermatt Switzerland.
Hiking in The Alps is justifiably world famous.
The catwalks up this gorge were constructed in the 1800’s and make for quite an impressive hike for those who are not acrophobic.
This rarely photographed mountain is here too!
There are delightful wooden Swiss chalets everywhere. Zermatt’s old town was built between the 16th-18th century. I will post some photos of these incredible wooden chalets soon.
The Matterhorn is particularly lovely in the evening when the clouds move in.
After an exhilarating day hiking, it’s time to relax and have some fondue and Swiss bier!
Cheers to you from ethereal Zermatt~
How wonderful – I really am becoming greener by the moment! Ironically, a Swiss friend of mine is over here in the UK right now, doing a walking tour of the Cotswolds. And there you are, over there! ;D
I stayed in the Cotswolds one summer after grad school. So beautiful! I would love to go again and take some photos!
Oh Cindy my dear make some room in your suitcase so I can enjoy everything with you.
Fly on over to Switzerland! I’ll pick you up at the train station my friend! <3
Lovely pictures of a country where I went a lot in my childhood, thanks
Welcome to my adopted country, Cindy! Have been living here for four years but unfortunately I have never been to Zermatt. I think it is time to visit.
Lucky you and yes, now is a very good time. The tourists are leaving and the snow hasn’t come, unless of course you want to ski!
Beautiful scenery, but I’m not sure if I’d dare trust those steps and bridges. They look very flimsy, especially that rather worn bit of bridge in the first photo.
I was leaning over the railings for fotos. My husband refused to look! Such fun and so incredibly scenic!
Cheers to you too 🙂
The Swiss Alps, my favourite place in the whole world 🙂
Yes, I can easily see why. My third trip and I have barely scratched the surface…..
We love Wengen. I’d give anything to live there.
I have been working on purging my negative emotions but I have to admit — jealousy and envy have crept in a bit today :D. Glorious photos. Thank you for taking time out of your wonderous journey to share with us. <3
I haven’t shared the downsides to traveling, horrid plane rides in coach, long days traveling, stressful connections, odious time changes that wreck havoc with sleep etc., probably because I love traveling so much it’s worth all the stress. Don’t be jealous, eveything has it’s pros and cons, and lots of people would not enjoy traveling as we do…..
In truth, I have never been a “good” traveler –motion sickness — need my own space… But your beautiful photos did inspire me to put down my computer and go for a walk at the lake and in the woods. <3
Glorious. Will there be a photo of you on the Matterhorn? 😉
Hmmmmm, only if I cut and paste!!! 😉
Nice set; wonderful place, Cindy.
Pretty spectacular I admit. This is why the Swiss are always whistling! 😉
Oh wow! So incredibly beautiful…….. but the catwalks – uh – I may have to stay on lower ground. LOL
It is incredibly worthwhile at every elevation! <3
I so envy everyone living there! I’d always be so at peace 🙂
Every time I visit this country I have this same problem…….wondering why wasn’t I born in Switzerland!!!! 😉 They don’t even pariticipate in wars. Why should they? They are blissed out everday with the vistas and the rosti! I just ate rosti right now in St. Moritiz…….Oh my!!!!!
Fresh air..beautiful sights and Rosti, can’t go wrong 😀
Damn straight!!! 😉
Breathtaking beauty! Thank you for sharing. 🙂
Thank you more for appreciating & cheers to you~
Enchanted by the beauty of the marvellous scapes and the little quaint town ! Nature can be so generous oftentimes ! Can’t wait to see more charming chalets dear Cindy 🙂
I am transfixed by the wooden chalets built is the 16th century and still here. Can’t wait to post them and so happy you enjoyed the post! Cheers & thanks~
Fantastic photos as always Cindy. Matterhorn with the evening cloud cover is stunning.
I can see why she is so photographed, she dominates the landscape!
Thank first image is one I want to experience. The area is an example of nature’s majesty.
Nature’s majesty is just the most moving phenonomona on this planet. Human-made pales in comparison. I hope you do go as I want to see YOUR pics!
The catwalk photos are wonderful !! Such a beautiful place. All of your photos are stunning, they are almost like being there 🙂
That makes me happy and motivates me too! Thank you~
Love Switzerland! What a cool walkway!
Love these serpentine catwalks in twisting high gorges. Posted about a similar one in Banff Canada. So glad you enjoyed~
Switzerland is a place I have yet to visit. It looks stunning!
It simply will not disappoint! <3
The last few are pure heaven!
Awww, so glad you think so & cheers to you~
Absolutely gorgeous! I want to go there!
I hope you do, but then you will go back again!! 😉
Probably! We usually go to places twice for some reason. I’ve always wanted to do a nordic cruise kind of thing. I think that would be a neat way to get a feel for that area.
That sounds like fun and I hope you go!
Gporgeous! When I was in Switzerland the guide kept saying, “On a clear day you can see forever.” Guess I missed a lot. 🙂
Oh you crack me up!!!! 🙂 🙂
Breathtaking!! Too beautiful, Cindy!
I think if you grew up in Switzerland you might find cactus and tumbleweeds fascinating, but you would always want to return home. The winters are a tad nippy though, but Montreux is mild year round. NOT that I am thinking of leaving the drought of The Holler…….
How glorious! That does it, I will have to make Switzerland a “stop-over” now as I’ve only ever stopped for a meal whilst passing through! 🙂
Oh yes, and please order the fondue!!! I am kicking myself for not ordering it sooner! But then it is only a gazillion calories per pot of cheese so maybe that is a good thing……..
Oh my goodness, that is beautiful!!
Yes indeed. Switzerland is a wonderland~
Always great to see your blog. Portals into other worlds and an extended sense of wonder. 🙂
You are a wonderful blogging friend Graham. Thank you~
Your photos are just beautiful. I really appreciate them, they add beauty to my days.
Awwww, your comment just added happiness to mine! <3
Cindy, so beautiful in Switzerland, I was there long time ago. Thank you for sharing! Hugs! Veraiconica
Hugz and cheers back to you my friend! <3 <3
absolutely stunning as always – when my knees were younger my husband used to escort me up Swiss and Austrian mountains. Honestly, they look wonderful from the vantage point of a cafe with good coffee and great strudel!!
Love the alpes! What I love th emost is that everything i so clean; the air, the mountain, people, and the landscape.
Whoa! You do manage to get the ultimate in pictures, Cindy! Extraordinary!!
Quite gorgeous, Cindy. I imagine the noise from the river flowing through the gorge was quite impressive as well. –Curt
Did you get to try some of the local wine with the fondue?
One disadvantage to being Swiss is that they believe their long history of peace is in part due to its large militia style army and that means National Service with annual reminders of what it’s like to be a soldier.
Such terrific pics, especially Matterhorn which looks like a cobra ready to strike. It is reported to be the most difficult peak in the Alps, after the Eiger. 🙂
I didn’t know that. I think Mt Blanc is the highest at over 15,000 feet!
Gorgeous scenery and pictures, Cindy. Was this another recent trip? How often do you travel a year and where all have you been (countries and places seen)? That would be a rather long list it seems according to your photos. They are always beautiful.
I am still on this trip, in St. Moritz Switerland now. I have no idea how many places I have visited but I travel almost four months per year and have been on every continent. The A’s were the highlights, Antarctica, The Amazon, and Africa!
So nice to meet you and thank you for your very kind comments! Look forward to chatting in the future~
Matterhorn is majestic! And the Swiss Alps have such a gorgeous scenery everywhere…coupled with the charming chalets. Thanks for sharing these awesome pictures!
Thank you more for appreciating and best to you!
The Matterhorn looks so majestic. Must be a real breath taking to see in real life.
One definitely gets a better sense of why it is such an iconic image. Hope all is well with you my friend~
I love the places you travel too! Thanks for sharing such wonderful photos! Hugz Lisa and Bear
Hugz back to both of you and thank you too!
Breathtaking photos Cindy, it is truly an amazing place to visit.
Thank you my friend and cheers to you too!
Your photos are absolutely breathtaking.
Awwwww, so motivating! Merci~
Dear Cindy, Glad that you are enjoying all these treasures! Best wishes and have safe trips! 🙂
All the best to you and thank you too! 🙂
Cindy, it seems that you are having a blast! That’s great! Have safe trips, take care, and have fun! Cheers! 🙂 Fabio
Absolutely stunning – Love the pictures 🙂
Awwww, will keep me posting! Thank you~
Cindy, you are correct, Mt Blanc is the highest but not the most dangerous and that’s what I had meant in my comment. Take for instance the Himalayas. The K2 is lower than the Chomolungma (the Everest as we call it in Nepal), but while 5000 have summitted the Everest, only around 250 have conquered the K2. Even more dangerous is the Annapurna-1, another of the ’14 sisters’ where every third climber has perished.
Here is a ‘what-if’ I had written on the K2 that I would like you to read. It is a what-if’ on Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner’s ascent of the K2…. http://evenicanbeserious.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/the-savage/
and about the Everest…..http://spunkybong.com/2014/04/25/the-fury-of-anna-and-chomo/
Fantastic photos, Cindy.
So pleased you enjoyed them & cheers to you~
I can hear the deep bass of the Alpenhorns already… any Edelweiss still in bloom, or are they spring fllowers? Gorgeous place including that “rarely photographed” rock 🙂
Yes I still saw Edelweiss, and traveled today from St Moritz by the fabulous empty train narrow gauge train to the first of lesser visited Alpine villages. Just arrived. Nirvana! Cheers to you Happy Suisse!
Switzerland is one of my most favourite places in the world. Clean, fresh, green, natural and friendly. Beautiful photo’s Cindy.
Yes. A country that has remained mostly apart from turmoil and violence. They retreat to these beautiful Alps. I love it here.
What amazing bridges/trails/path/scarey stuff! I have to get one of those into a story somewhere.
For me the beauty overcame all! Plus I have complete confidence in Swiss engineering, you should see the wooden chalets still standing from the 16th century!
But write your story. I know it will be good and I want to read it.
You would sure get a good workout hiking there.
Indeed, I am far more active when I travel!
Amazing shots of this paradise. i would love to go there and walk that wooden walk.
Yes, you would just love it. So creatively built to give one access to natures twists, turns and intensely beautiful drama! Hope you go and walk the walk! <3
What was your favorite type of fondue in Zermatt?
What stunning photos, only in my dreams will I get to see the Matterhorn
Oh, you never know, sometimes dreams come true! I hope so for you. <3
I sure know they do come true. My blog is based on a dream come true. Just writing is a dream come true. Unfortunately health issues keep me from doing much
Stunning photos, Cindy!
Awwwww, so kind!
You have, you have rocked me!
This post made me sing.
I have pleasant memories of Switzerland.
Looking forward to the wooden chalets.
Well Yay!! I will post them next & cheers to you Jack!
Just spectacular! I never knew about those catwalks — gorgeous!
Very happy you enjoyed and thanks much!
Sadly, too many people bring no love and that a rock and some water can inspire us, when people many times cannot.
The beauty of the natural world brings great solace to people. Cheers to you~
Incredible pictures! Thank you.
I am honored! Cheers to you~
How could anyone not want to live here – beautiful Cindy!! 🙂
Very kind and much appreciated! <3
More waterfalls! I think that we stopped at that restaurant at the base of the Matterhorn back in 1972.
WOW! Great memory & so glad you had a chance to visit!
Beautiful indeed! 🙂 What fantastic views!
Did you know there are several wolves in Switzerland? I’m not sure, but several I think?????
No I didn’t! But why not? Hardy breed these Wolfies!! 🙂
Wow this is stunning a place to visit. I shall add this to my bucketlist 🙂
You will not regret it!!
This is definitely beautiful dear Cindy… <3
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Awwwww, I am touched and honored my friend! Thank you so very much and hugz & cheers to you too!
More amazing photos, Cindy. You are definitely experiencing some amazing sights. The Matterhorn, wow. Only in photos or my dreams! 😀
Be careful, sometimes dreams come true! <3
Dreamin’, till my dreamin’ comes true! 😀
Amazing photos, Cindy. Switzerland always remained at the top of my list when accepting assignments. I always arrived early or extended my stay to have time to explore.
Oh lucky you! Sounds perfectly divine! Cheers & hope all is well~
Outstanding photos … and you are having quite the trip!
It is an excellent adventure! Cheers to you~
What a beautiful place, Cindy! I particularly love the Matterhorn image. 🙂
Iconic for a good reason! Thanks much and cheers too~
A hair-raising walk if ever I saw one! The beer sounds good 🙂
Laughing, I like your priorities! 😉
I’m only thinking of re-hydration Cindy!
Of course! lol! 😉
I so love Switzerland, but have never been in Zermatt but different beautiufl places and mountains. This looks beautiful!
Klosters and some of the smaller mountain towns nearby are lovely too!
What a beautiful place! Matterhorn is my favorite, and the catwalk looks tempting 🙂 Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience!
Thank you for coming along & cheers to you!
Oh wow, that is high and my husband wouldn’t even be able to look at these pictures because he is deathly afraid of heights – lol.
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Another journey that I have been on in recent weeks is as virtual bag carrier for Cindy Knoke as she travels throughout Europe. In this post she captures what I consider to be the most stunning part of Switzerland – the Alps. Have many happy memories of trips to Switzerland and if I could afford it would love to live there with a chalet in the mountains and a pad overlooking the lake in Geneva.. Ah well keep doing the lottery….great photographs as always Cindy.
Too gorgeous for words. Heavenly. <3
Awwwww, so kind and so motivating! Cheer to you~
You are welcome. 🙂
beautiful shots, the photo with the mountain and clouds is my favorite- breathtaking. Love. Wanda
Your thoughtfulness is so appreciated. Thank you Wanda and all the best to you~
Your photos are incredible, and the Alps are simply breathtaking. 🙂
I feel the same about your photos and your travel! We have similar interests and it is wonderful to read about your adventures~
thanks for the wonderful visuals… of places I want to see, and likely will never get to.. you are amazing girlfriend!!!!
Well so are you which is why I love blogging so much. I get to meet people like you! <3
I’m with Sally! Thanks for taking us on your trip! Really enjoyable!
You are wonderful to have along! <3
Some places are almost obscenely beautiful, aren’t they. 😉 Fantastic photos.
Yes and this is one such place! Cheers to you and much admire your blog and travels~
So, so, SO GORGEOUS!!! I LOVE Switzerland! My parents spent time learning French there before moving on as medical missionaries to French West Africa, Cameroon. They took me and my sister there as a graduation gift from high school. The villages are delightful and the country is a feast for the eyes!
So happy you have these wonderful memories and I agree with you, obviously, about the beauty of Switzerland. Your parents sound awesome!
My parents gave me a wonderful childhood. I am blessed. Thank you.
oh, wonderful Pictures of Zermatt, I was twenty, when I was for skiing Holidays in Zermatt. Have a good new week Cindy. Ernst
My english is very bad, i know… 😉
Your English is perfect and much better than my German! Sounds like you have wonderful memories of beautiful Zermatt! Cheers to you my friend~
danke, dein Deutsch ist auch perfekt… , meine Freundin. !!!
Ha ha ha! I actually became nervous looking at the photographs! What a really beautiful place – and that mountain peak… it is beyond words! The chalets have a storybook quality about them. 🙂
As a kid I climbed to the top of trees that were at least two stories high. Then here about 20 years ago I was on a ladder sealing a leaky gutter and I turned around and looked at the ground that was only about five feet down and realized my tree-climbing days were over. How sad it is when we realize we’ve grown up. 😉
Oh tree climbing! My son was a big tree climber and had many hair raising escapades that I can’t even dwell on now without getting frissions of anxiety! It is great to rediscover the kid in yourself as an adult which we can always take the time to do! That tree climber is still inside you! Set her free! But possibly not to climb a tree!!! lol! Cheers to you~
Ha! I was lucky to finish patching the gutter! 😀
Wow, did you chopper around up there? Your photo of the Matterhorn looks like you could reach out and touch it.
Laughing, yes I hang out of the chopper with a rose in my teeth (like your gravatar) and snap the pics! You are funny my friend! <3
I love all your beautiful photos. It looks like an incredible place to visit.
Well thank you so much! I love your blog too! Cheers to you~
Fantastic photographs.. the views and colours are beautiful 😉
Very kind and I am so glad you like them! Cheers to you~
You travelled in a lot of countries. Do you have been in Romania? I assure you it is a wonderful place for photography.
I have not been to Romania. We are in the planning stages of a trip to Eastern Europe as we both want to spend more time there. I know from Romanian bloggers photos how beautiful it must be!
You will not regret.
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