Permanent Tourist

Album: Review Of My Year 2011

Four minute view

The train to the Jungfraujoch stops in the tunnel for five minutes at each of the two microstations inside the Eiger. At Eismeer, pictured here, one gets the chance to run for the viewing windows, marvel at the glaciers, snap a photo, and run back to the waiting train.

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Country Thirteen

As we were so near the border when we visited Bavaria in October, we drove over into the Czech Republic to add the thirteenth country to the list of those I’ve visited. There’s not much in this region and in order to avoid paying a motorway toll – as we were only there for an […]

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Party On

The latest (and one of the last) additions to my One Frame Movie series. Photographed with the help of hip hop DJs Damiano and Gelato from Bern radio station RaBe.

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Daily view

We moved into our new home in Faulensee last Friday. Thanks to some grotty weather, this morning has been the first time when a photo can truly do justice to the view from our balcony; to the left, the village of Faulensee; straight ahead, the view across the Thunersee to Merligen and the Justistal valley; […]

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Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

Astoundingly, construction of the massive palace – now part of the Uffizi museum and gallery – began over seven hundred years ago.

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Capo Sant’Andrea, Elba

The rocky coastline in the north west of Elba is unique in the world; granite magma, deposited by a volcano seven million years ago, is impregnated with orthoclase crystals and forms a peculiar, smoothed surface. On first seeing the rocks, they appeared to have been concreted-over, but on closer inspection, it was obvious that it’s […]

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Corsica on the horizon

During dinner in a hidden local restaurant, very popular with locals and probably hardly known by tourists, we had a grandstand view of the sun as it set gloriously over the Mediterranean. On the horizon, a huge cloudbank obscured the French island of Corsica and added a little drama to the scene.

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House and driveway

Our new home (from September) in Faulensee, currently in the final stages of an almost complete re-build.

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Wohn- und Essbereich / Living room and dining area

Jo and I have been wonderfully happy in our home here since she moved to Switzerland in 2006, and our flat in the roof space on Kirchgasse in Spiez has been Permanent Tourist headquarters since the end of 2003. We’ve decided to move to a new home in the nearby village of Faulensee and so […]

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Our friends the swallows

We had company on the little terrace at our hotel in Elba: four fledgling swallows (although only three are visible here, the fourth having already fledged), being fed at very regular intervals by their parents. We were quite sad when they left a couple of days before we did, after we’d spent a little time […]

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