Taking the Kids – adventure hiking in the Swiss Alps
Exhausted but happy on arrival at Obersteinberg

Taking the Kids – adventure hiking in the Swiss Alps

This is the start of a two-week, self-guided hiking trip arranged by Alpenwild for my husband, me and our two daughters — a rare time together now that the girls are grown

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Not an airport hotel – but only five minutes from the airport! Swisshotel Zurich
Swissotel Zurich

Not an airport hotel – but only five minutes from the airport! Swisshotel Zurich

we are ensconced in the luxe 347-room Swissotel Zurich, across the street from a train station that is one stop from the main Zurich Station in one direction – and one stop from the airport in the other

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Rainy in Zermatt? No worries – plenty to see, do and eat!
Black-nosed sheep encounter above Zermatt

Rainy in Zermatt? No worries – plenty to see, do and eat!

The clouds are low again. We can’t see much and I’m wondering why we came—And then we come upon a flock of the grazing black-nosed sheep near the top of the funicular. Wonderful!

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In the Swiss Alps — a cafe to remember
Myriam and Bruno Kaufmann, owners of Cafe 3692

In the Swiss Alps — a cafe to remember

Café 3692 is named for the height (in meters) of the Wetterhorn Mountain, which looms over the town of Grindelwald along with the Eiger and other peaks in the Jungfrau

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Generations of family-run hotels and businesses in Switzerland
The hotel owners Lars, Gerhard and Gabriela Michel-Breitenstein

Generations of family-run hotels and businesses in Switzerland

When the hotel first opened in 1899, she said, it was fewer than 10 rooms. Her grandmother was the youngest of the hotel founder’s 12 children

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Adventures and Misadventures on the Alpine hiking trails
Cow encounter on the high Alpine Trail

Adventures and Misadventures on the Alpine hiking trails

I feel as if Heidi is going to step out of one of the rustic alpine houses any minute. Farmers bring their cows and goats to the high Alpine meadows to graze all summer, making cheese

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