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Permanent Tourist

A personal website by Mark Howells-Mead

Laufenburg am Rhein

Laufenburg am Rhein, Germany/Switzerland

The picturesque and history-rich town of Laufenburg straddles the river Rhine: one half being in Switzerland, the other in Germany.

Gries Pass

Attempting to get away from baking temperatures, we headed for the mountains and a hike across summer snow fields to the Gries glacier.

Gries Pass, Switzerland/Italy

The border between Switzerland and Italy lies along the alpine chain, and there are several roads which cross the border from north to south. But there are naturally many other places where one can cross the border with a little more effort. Around an hour and a half’s walk from the Nufenen Pass road, a hiking… (Read More)

The Thirteenth Country

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… (Read More)