Posts from 2017

  • Loch an Eilein

    Jo took me to visit Loch an Eilein, in the Rothiemurchus estate, during one of my first trips to Scotland way back in 2005. I love pine forests and, in particular, Scots pines, so I was in my element there. The walk around the loch is an easy one, ranging 4-5 miles over pretty unchallenging…

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  • Hiking Ben Wyvis in Scotland

    2017 has been quite a year. I’ve had considerably less time to take photos as a result of joining cubetech in May, but we’ve still managed to pack in lots of trips. From Scotland last winter, to hiking in Scotland, England and Switzerland, two trips to the Lake District, exploring parts of Switzerland we’d not…

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  • It had been a beautifully sunny start to the day, but by the time we’d driven up to Grindelwald, the clouds had taken over and the temperature had plummeted. We had to use a plastic loyalty card to scrape the ice from the inside of the cable car window, and the fondue at the mountain…

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  • Under an Arctic Sky

    Before “Under An Arctic Sky” was even an idea or a film it was a love affair with surfing in cold water.

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  • The flying rubbish truck

    The rubbish collection service at Bettmeralp – a car-free village in the mountains of upper canton Valais – must be unique in the world. In the absence of any road connection to the village, a 7.5-tonne lorry is carried up and down the mountain by cable-car.

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  • Betten to Bettmeralp

    Time-lapse video of the cable-car ride from Betten to Bettmeralp in Swiss canton Wallis.

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  • Stockhorn to Chrindli

    Time-lapse video of the cable-car ride from Stockhorn to Chrindli in Swiss canton Bern.

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  • The small «Berggasthaus» beneath the cliffs in canton Appenzell is one of the most famous destinations in Switzerland.

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  • Ebenalp to Wasserauen

    Time-lapse video of the cable-car ride from Ebenalp to Wasserauen in Swiss canton Appenzell.

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  • George Leveson-Gower, a British Member of Parliament, married Elizabeth, Countess of Sutherland, in 1785. The land they subsequently controlled was amongst the largest estates in Europe. A statue to his memory was erected in 1830 on the summit Beinn a’ Bhragaidh, standing 30 metres tall and overlooking the estate, Dunrobin Castle and the north-eastern coast…

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  • The Commando Memorial stands above Spean Bridge in the Scottish Highlands, with a commanding view across the former Commando Training Depot to the Nevis range of mountains. The memorial stands for the British Commando units who trained here in the Second World War, and was unveiled by the Queen Mother in 1952.

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  • The Rottenrow

    Glasgow Royal Maternity Hospital, or to many Glaswegians “The Rottenrow”, was founded in 1834 and demolished in 2001. The Victorian building had fallen into disrepair by the time of its demolition and was deemed inadequate for modern requirements. A replacement for The Rottenrow was built at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and the original building was purchased…

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  • Hiking Ben Wyvis in Scotland

    Hiking our first Scottish “Munro”: Ben Wyvis in the district of Ross & Cromarty.

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  • Through my participation of the regular and sociable “WordPress Meetup” in Bern, I was one of the volunteers who helped organize the WordCamp conference in Switzerland’s capital last weekend.

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  • A mural in the Lower Chapel at Flüeli-Ranft in Switzerland, initiated by Robert Durrer in 1920.

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  • Forever young

    Forever young

    We’re incredibly lucky to live in such a beautiful place, and incredibly lucky to be able to enjoy the sight of the Blümlisalp paddle steamer, which passes our home every day in summer, hooting loudly as it arrives at the landing quay in the village a few hundred metres away.

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  • Roads of the Gotthard

    We took a drive through the Alps last weekend, to photograph the famous curves of the old cobbled pass road at Tremola. The serpentine route leads up to the Gotthard Pass from Airolo and provides cyclists and driving enthusiasts with a slow but memorable experience. If visitors haven’t had enough of being jolted around on…

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  • 1st August is Switzerland’s Bundestag (or federal day), so Jo and I usually take advantage of the day off work to celebrate our adopted home. Here are some photographic mementoes of the day trips we’ve made.

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