Travel Tips & Advice on “walking”

The Massive and Incredible “Top of Europe” Jungfraujoch Excursion

Part 1: The Basics Oh my…oh my…oh my… I’m still gulping over the price to take the Jungfrau Cog Railway up to the complex; 163 CHF to the top if you don’t have any sort of Swiss Pass. However, we got a “bargain rate” – I’m being sarcastic –  for an additional 56 Swiss Francs/$62 […]

A Fast Tour in Stunning Interlaken, Switzerland

Interlaken is a beautiful little city located between Lake Brienz and Lake Thun in the Swiss Alps. Odds are you will connect through here when heading into the Jungfrau Region by train which travels along the blue lakes. We purchased a 14-day Swiss card a gazillion years ago which along with unlimited rides on the […]

Walking Through Lauterbrunnen Valley Villages, Switzerland

Located on the opposite side of Wengen are tiny and carless villages high above the Lauterbrunnen Valley known for its 72 waterfalls which thunder down from steep-sided cliffs. There are easy and level walks along the valley supported by bus stops along the way. We have also walked in both directions from Wengen to Lauterbrunnen […]

Winter Walking Paths in the Jungfrau Region of Switzerland

There is no end to walking trails in the Jungfrau region. The biggest decision each day (after snarfing down a humungous breakfast) was which of the over 100 kilometers/66 miles of groomed winter trails to walk on. Up on Mannlichen? Down in Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen Valley? A Jungfrau Winter Walking Pass costs 266 Swiss Francs/$297 […]

A Fast Tour of Wengen in the Jungfrau Region of Switzerland

Marine Steve and I first stayed in Wengen in June, 1984, over 30 years ago, and spent 10 days hiking in this beyond magnificent Jungfrau area. I remember looking out of the window each morning, stunned by the panorama before my eyes and decided it was time to visit Wengen in the winter. This car-free […]

United Airlines 777-200 Business Class, Chicago-Frankfurt

The best laid plans… We were scheduled to fly United Airlines Chicago O’Hare International (ORD) to Washington Dulles (IAD) and then on to Zurich (ZRH) in Economy Class and then train to Wengen. (United doesn’t operate a non-stop from Chicago to Zurich.) Standing in the Group 1 line at O’Hare waiting to board the Washington, Dulles flight, […]

Planning a Trip to Jungfrau Region, Switzerland

Air and Transportation? Geneva and Zurich are the relatively closest airports to the Jungfrau area; we chose Zurich and since we stick to United Airlines like glue for 1K perks, I purchased Economy round trip tickets from Chicago-Washington, DC-Zurich. Many airlines fly to Geneva and Zurich and fares change daily! Try, Find Discounted Airline Flights at CheapOair, and you’d […]

The Breathtaking Jungfrau Region of Switzerland

It’s winter time in Chicago and unlike Sun Birds who fly away someplace sunny and warm until Spring, Marine (husband Steve) and I routinely look for a ski area in Europe to go snowshoeing. Not as easy task (no, you don’t have to play the world’s smallest violin). After all, we’ve snowshoed the main ski […]

Family Friendly Morzine, France in the Good Old Summertime

Morzine, France is committed to the “Famille Plus” program and members abide by the following points: A personalized welcome for families. Entertainment suitable for all age groups. A price range that varies from the youngest to the oldest. Activities for children of all ages, separately or together. Medical services close by if there are any […]

Traditional and Ancient Minshuku Daikichi Inn, Tsumago, Japan

The group walked down the main street in Tsumago, crowded with Japanese tourists and cute little stores, to wait by the Information Office while Yumiko took the California family to their inn. Minshuku Daikichi didn’t have enough room for the entire group and they ended up with a group from OxalisAdventures; a United Kingdom tour operator who […]