A Few Days in Prague

The sights are beautiful and aplenty, the whole town-centre is a gigantic pedestrian zone, knick-knack shopping, sight-seeing, people watching and snack-indulgence heaven. The crowds can be overwhelming, however just step 100 meters away from the main thoroughfare and you find quiet restaurants, friendly service and good food.

The pics in the gallery could lead to the impression that we did a pilgrimage from one restaurant to another and not much else 🙂 Admittedly, we did enjoy lavish dinners once J’s Polar Loop wristband indicated that we comfortably overshot 15000 steps every day.

Excursion to Cheung Chau Island, Hong Kong

Father-daughter day: a very nice excursion to Cheung Chau Island, a 30+ minutes ferry trip from Hong Kong Island.

After a bumpy ferry ride and a ridiculously unsuccessful try to rent a bicycle, we did some sight seeing:


A nice lunch (aircon is a real gift when its 35 degrees outside)

followed by a round of drone flying

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And the ferry back to Hong Kong island

The 26 Summits, ctd

A deal is a deal is a deal… one week after the beautiful hike up the “Hinteri Egg” we scaled Mont Raimeux, the tallest mountain of Switzerland’s youngest Canton, the Jura.

A well maintained trail snails up the Jura folds, a good two hours after we left Moutier, we reached the peak at 1302 meters above sea level enjoying nice views, a short coffee break and a descend through pouring rain.

The icing on the cake were hand made noodles with Chorizo Safron sauce (thank you Susan).

More opportunities to work on the list are hopefully to come soon 🙂

The gallery shows the journey starting very early in the morning with a tram ride to the railway station ending with the home made noodle dinner.

The 26 Summits

What happens when you sit together with friends, drink a glass (or more) of good red wine? Chance is that the conversation will sooner or later turn to one or more “to do” (aka bucket) lists. The “Seven Summits” are so passé and so yesterday; today’s adventurers focus on local challenges, environmentally friendly and doable by fair means.

An obvious target would be the ten highest peaks of Singapore, but since Bukit Tima remains closed well into 2017 and I don’t want to hike up the road to the main peak, Switzerland is the next best thing. Why not scale the highest peak of each of Switzerland’s 26 Cantons (Swiss for “province”) ?

So here we go, a new challenge in born: 15 out of the 26 summits are comparatively easy hikes, about 10 of them require mountaineering skills and one is a difficult rock climbing effort. Details are here.

I think I climbed eight of them, so approximately one third through!

Last Saturday we hiked up the tallest mountain of Kanton Basel-Landschaft. The trail starts in a village, winds-up through a small gorge, meets the terminus of a cable car and finally, after 660 meters of altitude difference, the “Hinteri Egg” @ 1169 meters above sea level is reached. A gentle downhill hike et voila: one more is off the list 🙂

Next one: either Jura, Solothurn or Aargau – stay tuned