|Can you spot the famous mountain?|
|Beers in Altstadt Zurich|
|Celebrating Comfest from afar|
Last year's rainy, cool summer combined with my Ohio-bred general distrust of lakes (they're all dirty and slimy, right?) kept us out of Lake Zurich last summer. This summer, the clear blue water and 90+ degree temperatures won me over. We've been swimming! Not only in the Zurichsee and Greifensee, but also floating down the Limmat river. Henry is as enthusiastic a swimmer as ever, but is getting braver, jumping in deeper waters and swimming further away. He'll chase a stick almost anywhere.
|Clockwise from the left: swimming with friends in the Zurichsee, Matt & Henry working on the tan lakside |
and Becky after a float down the Limmat river
|Top to bottom: Henry in the Glatt, Lake Greifensee, Henry in the Zurichsee with a very large stick. |
Not pictured: the swans that are always hovering nearby waiting to kill the obnoxious little dog!
Fun facts from Switzerland: it's legal to drink and barbecue almost anywhere in Switzerland. BYO grill, meat and beers lakeside for a typically Swiss summer day.
Speaking of... in July we gathered fellow American expats (and some favorite non-Americans) for a 4th of July barbecue by the Zurichsee. Special thanks to Beverly whose recent trip back to the states supplied us with American flags and Matt's new favorite accessory.
|Clockwise from top left: Matt & Tom man the grills, sparklers, rocking festive eyewear |
and the expat gang enjoying our American-ish feast.
Nearby Hörnli was our first mountain hike of the summer. Friends joined us for a hike to the second highest spot in Canton Zurich.
|Hörnli hiking, making friends with cows|
We recently purchased a new hiking book: Bierwandern Schweiz, beer hikes in Switzerland for you non-German speakers! It's a book of gorgeous hikes in Switzerland all ending at a convenient spot to purchase and enjoy an unique Swiss beer. Our second hike from the book was the Lötschberg Südrampe, which follows the Rhone through its deep valley. The bierwandern began in Hohtenn, followed an old train route halfway up the mountainside and ended at Hotel Bahnhof Ausserberg where we enjoyed three different Suonen Bräu beers.
|Lötschberg Südrampe Bierwandern|
Our first attempt at seeing the Matterhorn last summer failed miserably.
|July 30, 2014 on top of the Kleine Matterhorn. The Matterhorn is right behind Matt. Can't you see it?|
|The real deal in July 2015.|
|Top: beginning of the hike selfie, Middle: views along the way, Bottom: obligatory Henry photos|
|I mean, seriously. This shit is unreal. Whose life is this?|
The 5-Seenweg is a gorgeous hike, but surprisingly difficult to follow. From Zermatt, we took the funicular to Sunnegga and a cable car to Blauherd. From Blauherd we hiked a loop to all five alpine lakes, each with a view of the Matterhorn. In theory, it was an easy hike. But there are dozens of hiking trails between the lakes and through the surrounding areas. We kept navigating ourselves to the harder (red and white) trails up and down rocky mountain faces, rather than the easy, wide (yellow) trails winding through gently sloping meadows. The 2.5 hour hike took us almost 5 hours to complete. We were beat, but the sense of accomplishment was worth the more difficult route.
|End of hike selfie, sunburned and exhausted.|