Permanent Tourist

The personal website of Mark Howells-Mead

Posts about Switzerland

Switzerland, a quadrilingual country in the middle of Europe, has been my home since 2001.

  • Kandersteg in the snow

    A beautiful, gentle, snowy walk back in January.

  • Panoramic photography along a walk between Interlaken West station and Neuhaus harbour.

  • Spring snow on Sigriswiler Rothorn

    Spring snow

    We had some late snow just recently and although it was lovely to look at, the temperatures were brought down. I’m done with winter and cold, now. I want the mountains to clear so I can get out walking again.

  • A cold walk on the shores of Lac de Neuchâtel, and some lovely pink post-sunset light.

  • Faulensee at sunset

    Time to start warming up for hillier walking…

  • Bern, 2024

    Taking a brain break by being where there are interesting scenes to ponder.

  • Low water levels in Gwatt

    Exceptionally low water levels at Lake Thun, as part of a four-year routine.

  • Taking the Mini out for a drive through the hills to Emmental.

  • Second attempt

    The single arrival of the day from Merligen on the BLS winter cruise schedule. The captain had to reverse and re-dock at the ship jetty in Faulensee because he buggered up the approach.

  • The coffee cups at Ikea are half the size of regular mugs, but if you arrive at the café 15 minutes before closing time on a Saturday, there’s no time to take advantage of the free refills. On the other hand, you don’t have to sit amongst screaming kids and their minders, so…

  • A pleasant walk down from Allmendhubel through Blumental valley, into the shade cast by the mountain ridge, then back into the sun to slither our way down the ice-covered path to Mürren.

  • Pool of light in the back lanes near Faulensee

    Reminding myself that although mountain hiking season is over now, there are still wonderful opportunities to walk and clear the mind.

  • The Rail Replacement Helicopter

    We’ve all heard of the dreaded “Rail Replacement Bus”. But what if we had Rail Replacement Helicopters instead?

  • Autumn: the most photogenic of seasons.

  • Opinionated photographs from January 2011.

  • The Grimsel Snake

    The “Grimsel Snake” (“Grimselschlange”) is a cloud formation in the mountain region between canton Bern and Wallis, where the clouds pour over the ridge slowly like water when the humidity and wind combine in the right direction. Here’s a time-lapse video I filmed of it from the Furka Bélvèdere car park in 2016.

  • Part of the Grand Bisse d'Ayent irrigation system

    Random things in July

    Lots of work stopped me from going out so much, but we did get in a great trip to canton Wallis.

  • A few random facts to celebrate Switzerland’s birthday.

  • Random things in June

    Making more of an effort to publish moving pictures, including one from Dartmoor in June.

  • The Ice Path in summer

    With a name like “Ice Path”, you know before you arrive that a hiking route is going to be a pretty spectacular one.

  • Paddle steamer on Lac Léman, passing Lutry

    It seems as though there will be a fair amount of travelling for me this year, both around Switzerland (which is pretty normal for Jo and for me in our time off), and abroad. After visiting England in March, I was back again in April to visit Mum; later in the month, I rode the…