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Permanent Tourist

A personal website by Mark Howells-Mead

autumn

Abrupt sunsets

Melchsee-Frutt, Switzerland

Sunsets in the mountains are different from those over flatter landscapes.

The view around the corner at Susten Pass

Susten Pass, Switzerland

Finding a magnificent view of a scene I know well, by going up a little road and turning a corner.

The vineyards on Lake Biel

Ligerz, Switzerland

A great spot to photograph the vineyards and sixteenth-century church at Ligerz, on the shores of Lake Biel.

Riffelsee to Riffelalp, Zermatt

Before the proper snow arrived at the start of this year’s winter season, we visited Zermatt and visited the famous, much-photographed view of the Matterhorn from Riffelsee.

Grindelwald First, Switzerland

The mountain restaurant and top cable car station at First, above Grindelwald, affords amazing views down to the valley and to the huge wall of rock opposite: including the famous Eiger North Wall.

Gassenboden, Switzerland

Achieving a long-held goal of hiking from Grindelwald First to the Faulhorn mountain hotel.

Unterseen, Switzerland

I used to visit the Bödelibad leisure centre regularly. Before I had a car, I used to catch the train to Interlaken West station and walk from there. The route takes you along the river Aare, forming the border between Unterseen and Interlaken, leading to a footbridge with this view. In the foreground Unterseen, with… (Read More)

Airolo, Switzerland

Deep amongst the mountains which form a natural boundary between the northern and southern sides of the Alps, Airolo sits below the old, snaking Gotthard Pass road. The intrepid northern motorway motorist heading south for the sun arrives in Airolo gratefully, often having queued for several hours on busy summer weekends to pass through the Gotthard… (Read More)

Spiezberg, Switzerland

Locals to Spiez, on the shores of Lake Thun, are familiar with the vineyards on Spiezberg hill. There is a well-used and well-loved path along the upper edge of the vineyards, which leads along the edge of the forest from the huge Katzenstein rock to the council office and library, and on towards Spiezmoos. It’s a… (Read More)

Great Gable from Honister Pass

A terrific hike and a personal achievement in the central-western Lake District on our anniversary.