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Türlersee on a cloudy summer day

Probably nobody around here wants to see any pictures about a cloudy day in summer… we have enough clouds and rain outside every day. But, here are the pictures from a walk around Türlersee, a small lake in the south of canton Zürich. It’s located quite idyllic, the most notable sign of civilization a a camping ground and a swimming place.

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Türlersee

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Cross-Country Skiing

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Last winter, I tried cross-country skiing for the first time ever. So that I could make my first experiences on a flat surface, we drove to Engadin to ski on the frozen lakes there.

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It was fun, but a somewhat scary feeling on the first downhill. And somehow getting ahead is not that efficient if the sticks are not only used for what they are intended, but also for keeping the balance.

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I fell twice, once because I tripped over one of my sticks.

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I felt a bit like a clumsy oaf, because people considerably older than me overtook me easily, elegantly gliding past me.

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We did about 10km, and while I had a lot of fun, I can’t remember the last time I did something that exhausted me that much (also a big plus!). Unfortunately, we never managed to go this winter, but I definitely want to try it again!

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1st July

I looked at my flickr archives, and I found two pictures from previous 1st July:

2006
Einsam
I found this grafitti at the airport, when I did a cycling tour around the area of the airport. I do not know the background behind the grafitti, or whether it is still there (probably not), but it touched me and I took a picture of it.

2009
Sunset
This one was taken during a bbq on a friend’s rooftop terrace in the old town of Zürich. It was a warm evening with a beautiful sunset.

Ireland : Rock of Dunamase

Some time ago (more than two years ago), we went on holidays to Ireland. On our first day where we had the rental car, we drove from Dublin to Cahir. When checking the Guidebook for sightseeing possibilities on the way there, I found Rock of Dunamase, close to the M7 where we were driving on. It also gave the first opportunity to do some backroad navigation, and of course we took a couple of wrong turns before we reached our destination.
The weather was gloomy that day, but looking at old ruins, weather like that actually works not bad.

Rock of Dunamase

Rock of Dunamase

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View from Rock of Dunamase

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Next to the church our rental is visible, they gave us an Audi A4.

Rock of Dunamase is an example how we stop at old ruins when on holidays abroad, but I have hardly ever visited any local ruins, even though we do have plenty of those in Switzerland.

Hiking from summer to winter

Last year, I did a hike up to the lakes at the beginning of June. Where I started, it was already summery, but on top the lakes were still covered by a layer of snow and ice.

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Absent

I’m busy with life at the moment. But today we took a break, and went for a walk along Hallwilersee. It was windy, but quite warm, and there were many baby ducks to be seen (Taucherli).

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(So, for once the pictures I show here are new, brand new, like from today :))

Very Old Snowshoeing Pictures (from 2012)

It’s high time to update here again if I’m asked if there’s something with my blog, there does not seem to be any new content…. Yes, I have been lazy. Lazy with taking pictures, and lazy with processing pictures.
But I’m not feeling at my best at the moment, and as always the weather is not so great at the weekend, so I worked on some pictures. Pictures from 2012, which you get to see here. They were from a snowshoeing trip, and I like them.

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And the Postauto on the way back:
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Hiking: Maloja – Lägh da Cavloc – Lägh da Bitabergh

In the beginning of June last year, we did a small hike during one afternoon in Maloja. We started on the parking space and walked from there on a small road towards Lägh da Cavloc.

It was not clear if the weather would decide to be sunny, or if it would turn bad every moment. In the mountains, there was still a lot of sun; while the beginning of June can feel like summer in the lowlands, it’s definitely spring in the mountains.

Lägh da Cavloc looks like there would be many people in summer, there a many benches around the lake, and there is a restaurant as well. While we where there, we were alone.

After Lägh da Cavloc, the path which would lead us to Lägh da Bitabergh got rougher. Up and down on rocky steps.

And then we arrived on Lägh da Bitabergh. This lake was wilder than Lägh da Cavloc, and here we also met some other people. Two families were picknicking there.


Towards the parking, we walked over the Orden dam, built to protect the valley Bregaglia from floods.

Snowfall (more snowshoeing pictures)

I have even more snowshoeing pictues. These ones here are from a day when it was lightly snowing, in big beautiful flakes. The atmosphere was special, it felt totally still, and one could see the blue sky peeking through the clouds. And I even managed to capture the snowflakes on picture.

More Snowshoeing (and very old pictures)

I took the time over the Christmas holiday break to switch on my old computer and continue working on some of the pictures which are stored on its HD. They are from a snowshoe walk almost two years ago. I did then one of the tours I do quite often (and because I used to take many, many pictures during those, I now often leave my camera at home, so most of the pictures I have from snowshoeing are older).

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