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(3) Swiss Heartland Untour 2014 (Day 4) The double rainbow

Swiss Heartland Untour - May 6 - June 4, 2014

Friday, May 9,2014

Both of us woke up at 3:30am and couldn't fall back to sleep.  We finally got up at 6:10am.  A glance outside revealed an overcast sky.  It rained overnight.  The ground was still wet.  The thermometer outside our front door showed a temperature of 59 degrees Fahrenheit.  After preparing the coffee, I left for Cafe zum Stein at 7:00am.  For 16.70 Swiss Francs…

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Added by Bill Kover on July 22, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

My very own Swiss Wanderweg sign

Not long ago I read somewhere that you could purchase Swiss Wanderweg signs. They could even be custom made according to your location (however, very expensive). I asked for information anyway. Hopefully I might be able to get a copy of a real Wanderweg sign (Hiking Path sign) for a reasonable price. Today a letter came in the mail from Urs Wallimann, president of Obwaldner Wanderweg, the local hiking organization of Sachseln (see…

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Added by Bill Kover on July 19, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

(2) Swiss Heartland Untour 2014 (Day 3) Orientation

Swiss Heartland Untour - May 6 to June 4, 2014

Thursday, May 8, 2014

I was up at 6:00am.  Eleanor followed at 6:30am.  Outside the skies were sunny to partly cloudy.  As soon as I got the…

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Added by Bill Kover on July 17, 2014 at 2:03pm — 1 Comment

(1) Swiss Heartland Untour 2014 (Day 1-2)

Swiss Heartland Untour - May 6 to June 4, 2014

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

After 9 months of dreaming and planning, reality finally arrived.  United Airlines flight UA134 lifted off from Newark Liberty Airport at 7:44pm, over an hour behind schedule.  The pilot announced the estimated time of arrival in Zurich to be 8:39am local time.  Eleanor had a discussion with the airline hostess.  Sara just celebrated her 77th birthday two days…

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Added by Bill Kover on July 6, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The windows of Britschgi Chalet

The windows of Britschgi Chalet

Heaven is just outside the windows of Britschgi Chalet.  2014 Swiss Heartland Untour.  www.untours.com

Added by Bill Kover on June 16, 2014 at 6:55pm — 1 Comment

Wonder dog at Seeweg (May 31, 2014)

May 31, 2014.  Sachseln, Switzerland.  A picnic at Seeweg on the shores of the Sarnersee included more than food and a view of the lake.  A smart dog chooses Eleanor for continued entertainment.

Added by Bill Kover on June 12, 2014 at 7:37am — No Comments

There are no bugs in Switzerland.

There are no bugs in Switzerland
 

When we first arrived in Sachseln, we couldn't get over how pristine the flowers are. The plants all seem to love it here. There are no signs of bug attacks or disease like we are accustomed to at home.  Okay, I have to admit we did see some bugs eventually.  But apparently they are not allowed to eat any flower or vegetable plants.  Maybe it is the climate or maybe the Swiss are skilled gardeners of the…
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Added by Bill Kover on June 11, 2014 at 7:56am — No Comments

A tour of the Britschgi Spycher Chalet

A tour of the Britschgi Spycher Chalet

Swiss Heartland

Sachseln, Switzerland

Added by Bill Kover on June 9, 2014 at 4:26pm — No Comments

Around the World in 600 days

This guy spent 3 years traveling over 125,000 miles across 36 countries and compiled all the video he took into a short and sweet 3 minute video.

Check it out on our blog!

Added by Untours on June 9, 2014 at 9:59am — No Comments

The walking stick that wasn't.

Swiss Heartland Untour

The walking stick that wasn't.

May 28, 2014.  We had scheduled an overnight trip to Zermatt.  Since the train trip is a long one (3 hours 48 minutes including 3 train changes), we caught the early 6:15am train and brought our breakfast with us.  The breakfast was simple: banana, cheese, apfelstrudel and luke warm coffee in a child's metal water jug.  The water jug would later hold water for…

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Added by Bill Kover on June 9, 2014 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

A tour of the Britschgi Chalet

A tour of the Britschgi Chalet in Sachseln, Switzerland.  It is one of the sites available in the Swiss Heartland through www.untours.com.

Added by Bill Kover on June 8, 2014 at 11:51am — No Comments

Amateur alphorn player (June 2, 2014)

Amateur alphorn player. Swiss Heartland Untour. An excerpt from the farewell party, June 2, 2014.

Added by Bill Kover on June 7, 2014 at 11:42am — No Comments

Concert at Mattlisaal. Swiss Heartland Untour (May 17, 2014)

Concert at Mattlisaal  (May 17, 2014)

During our Switzerland trip we stayed at the the Britschgi Chalet in Sachseln, one of the many sites available through Untours. Albert Greutert invited us to join him and his girlfriend Rosemarie Ehrismann for a free concert at Mattlisaal in the school located just behind the Britschgi Chalets.  I love how the conductor sways perfectly to the…

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Added by Bill Kover on June 6, 2014 at 6:13pm — No Comments

The Cappuccino Affair on Swiss Air Flight LX18 (June 4, 2014)

The Cappuccino Affair on Swiss Air Flight LX18 (June 4, 2014)



During our flight back to New Jersey the flight attendants came around with coffee or tea. Eleanor said "Coffee." When the flight attendant turned to me I said "Cappuccino." That broke her up with laughs and giggles. As she handed me a cup of coffee, I said "Ja! sehr gut cappuccino."…
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Added by Bill Kover on June 5, 2014 at 2:30am — No Comments

When being blue made me happy.

3 Juni 2014. Today when Albert took us to Sarnen, we tried to find the shop window that had an edelweiss scarf.  Eleanor had spotted it the day before when the store was closed.  We finally found it. But the window display belonged to a dry cleaners. Albert asked the lady about the scarf. But I had to lead her outside to the store window to point out to what we were referring. There was a black and a blue "scarf" with edelweiss flowers decorating it. I poin…

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Added by Bill Kover on June 3, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

An Untours Moment: the cable car kissing incident (21 Mai 2014)

21 Mai 2014. The day we went to Piz Gloria and had an Untours moment. It all began after leaving Piz Gloria and were headed back down via three cable cars. We were the last to get on the cable car. There was an elderly man holding onto one of the vertical chrome poles next to where the operator sits. Eleanor grabbed onto the same pole. The elderly man took his hand off to allow Eleanor use of the whole pole. Eleanor insisted that he take hold of…

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Added by Bill Kover on May 24, 2014 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Aareschlucht Gorge Swiss Heartland Untour (19 Mai 2014)

Swiss Heartland Untour.  19 Mai 2014.  Aareschlucht Gorge.  Meiringen…

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Added by Bill Kover on May 20, 2014 at 1:30am — No Comments

A beautiful timelapse of Paris

You may or may not know that I am simply in love with timelapse videos of my favorite travel destinations. I actually didn't know I was until I came across this one last year. Since then, I've been consuming them at an alarming rate. I thought you may be interested in seeing them as well, so I'll be sharing as many as I can find with you. I hope you enjoy them.

Since I love Paris so much, I thought it was a…

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Added by Untours on May 15, 2014 at 9:48am — No Comments

Incident in Zurich

Incident in Zurich

12 Mai 2014

Since it was overcast and chilly we decided to go to Zurich today. we did some walking. The wheelchair was left at home by mistake. Many steps up to Lindenhof Park and back down. Our goal for the day was Teddy's Souvenir Shop for Swiss Army Knives, etc. For lunch we stopped in at Vorderer Sternen for St. Gallen Bratwurst, Burli roll and small cups of senf (mustard that clears your nostrils) a…

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Added by Bill Kover on May 12, 2014 at 1:23pm — No Comments

Hopper: A new tool to save you hundreds on airfare

Recently, through some back channels (i.e. my boss and a little daily called the New York Times), I came across a website called Hopper, which may just make traveling easier on my wallet and daily planner.

Hopper collects some very in-depth travel data to help figure out round-trip pricing from your city to some of the more popular…

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Added by Untours on May 5, 2014 at 10:11am — No Comments

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