Hi Shirley! Welcome to the Untours Cafe. One of my favorite activities when traveling is also getting lost. Sometimes it's because I have a poor sense of direction (thank goodness I live in Philadelphia where the streets are laid out in a grid), but other times getting lost just means not having planned out somewhere specific as a destination. Some of the most interesting experiences are while wandering around.
Good to see you at the Cafe. Switzerland is our favorite spot in Europe and we hope to come back again and again (only three times so far) - especially after we our "fill" of the "thrill" of driving in Europe!
Hi Shirley, Marilee can send you the pages you need to figure out what to do on Untourscafe. I printed out each page, and followed the directions. Plus
another person, Ann came to my rescue about writing a trip log and inserting pictures here and there in the trip log. Have fun, its a great site!
Jean and fred
Getting lost was a favorite pastime my mother and I had. We would stumble across a beautiful scene or an interesting place while "lost." It was easy to become "found." All I did was head in the general direction from whence we came. A familiar road or place would appear eventually. Those "losts" became some of our fond memories.
Hello, Shirley. As a solo traveler myself, I'm interested in the trips to Switzerland that you took by yourself. Hiking would be a big part of a trip to that beautiful country, but I worry about safety -- less the dangers posed by other people than the fear of getting hurt and being alone on a mountaintop. I see that your interests include rock climbing, so I'm guessing your fitness level is a lot better than mine. Can you give me some advice about hiking alone in Switzerland? Precautions, things to consider when choosing a trail, and so on. Thanks a lot.
Thanks for the good advice. Yes, I am interested in the hikes you do every year -- and I'm interested in the "every year" part, too! I saw in your comment to Kemp that you go at the same time every year -- is that September? And why do you prefer that time? I see that you've stayed in Studio Albert, which is the Heartland Untour. Do you go to the Heartland every year, or alternate with the Oberland? And why? Oh, yes -- thanks for being my Untours friend!
I don't alternate years between Oberland and Heartland. Last year I chose Kandersteg as I was taking my son and family and thought they would enjoy this area - which they loved. I've stayed in several villages in the Oberland. But I've probably chosen the Heartland for the hiking and of course my hosts! I have a lovely hostess in Meiringen and I really enjoy that town. And such a good location for the hiking I chose to do. But I've spent the most time in Sachseln - friendly, small town with good bakeries and fine for groceries also.
And of course my favorite hosts of all time - the Greuterts. So much as been written about them need I say more? Why September? Perhaps a bit cooler weather and less crowds. And by now I've made so many friends who like me go the same time every year or every other year. A great feeling to be in a foreign country and see so many familiar faces. But whenever you go you will find that Untourists are a pretty friendly group! Hikes? Grandmother's, Grandfather's. Valley of the Waterfalls, Lauterbrunnen to Zweiluttschinen,Bonigen to Interlaken, Brunig to Lungern, Kaserstatt to Magisalp and the list goes on. Also Wilderswil to Interlaken. I have no problem doing any of these alone. Also along Lake Brienz to Iseltwald. Throw in the lovely boat rides on Thun and Brienz and a couple of postal bus rides and you've filled up the two weeks and then some!!! Oh! Dear! I wish I was there now!!! I hope I've been of help.
Hi, Shirley. Somehow I missed your September 3rd post in which you gave lovely detailed answers to some questions I asked you about your Swiss Untours. I'm glad I finally checked back! I'm gaining some familiarity with the hikes and town names, and I look them up on maps so I know about where they are relative to each other, too. I'm always interested in how people choose their vacation destinations and times, especially when I'm also considering visiting those same places. The information you provided is indeed helpful -- and I wish I was there now, too! Thanks again.