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Permanent Tourist

A personal website by Mark Howells-Mead

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Faltschen, Kandertal, Switzerland

Dense, grey fog on the lakes in the Bernese Oberland means that it’s best to head for the surrounding hills and mountains to get above the cloud and into the sunshine. We took a drive up a road we’d never used before – an unrestricted, toll-free one for a change – and ended up high… (Read More)

Rose garden… before the roses

The Rosengarten (Rose Garden) in Bern is high on the hill to the east of the city, with fantastic views across the Aare meander and the lower part of the old city.

Take the tourist shot

When I first planned to hike to Bachalp above Grindelwald, I had envisaged not taking the photo above. However, the reception which the photo has received since posting it to Flickr has made me glad that I did.

Bern city from Gurten

A panoramic view of the river Aare and much of the city of Bern, including the old town, the federal palace and minster. Photographed from the top of the viewing tower atop the neighbouring hill at Gurten.

Santas

Lunchtime jaunt

There was a work car parked outside which no-one was using over lunchtime, so I decided to pinch it and drive up a random mountain road. I drove higher and higher as the road got narrower and narrower, avoiding small rocks in the road and marvelling at the panoramic view toward Meiringen in the east… (Read More)

The View from Spiez Station

The harbour area of Spiez, taken from the train station. Poet Josef Viktor Widmann (1842–1911) wrote in his book Spaziergänge in den Alpen (Strolls in the Alps) that “the view from Spiez Station is one of the most beautiful in the world“. I’d imagine that the foreground of this view was quite different at the… (Read More)