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a little swiss cow action!

a little swiss cow action!

In Switzerland, like everywhere else, what goes up, must come down – but particularly in Switzerland, because that also includes the cows! At the beginning of June the cows are walked up the hikers’ paths to the higher pastures of the Alps, and in September they are walked back down – before the weather changes. […]

the new restaurant in gevrey-chambertin…

the new restaurant in gevrey-chambertin…

New in Gevrey, the Table d’Hôte Lucie & Thomas Collomb – finally the building work is done at the Rôtisserie du Chambertin 🙂 www.rotisserie-chambertin.com Plenty of moody pics – fortunately I never found the service at all moody! I’m looking forward to (eventually) visiting here. Whilst I’ve always found plenty of people in their (superb!) […]

ta-da…..

ta-da…..

Ta-da! Back from 8 days on the island of Sicily. It’s relatively easy to summarise the time – lots of chilling despite 38°C – sometimes more. What we liked (usually a lot): The people The food The landscape The (nero d’avola) wine – €13-20 in a restaurant… Cefalu Siracusa – actually the ‘island’ of Ortigia […]

melchsee frutt

melchsee frutt

A little weekend wanderings on the Melchsee Frutt:  

the beaujolais express…

the beaujolais express…

New! London to Lyon – by Eurostar train – no sweat! Less than 5 hours – you can wait longer than that in the airport! There’s no excuse now for the London wine-trade 😉

good neighbours!

good neighbours!

I eventually moved apartment in Beaune today – it looks like I have good neighbours 🙂 Lots of memories of the old place – which I first visited in 2003 – but today starts a new chapter. Still a lot more painting to do though 🙁

snow – a ‘burns’ weekend in graubunden…

snow – a ‘burns’ weekend in graubunden…

A bad Scottish accent was de-rigeur, fortunately a kilt, not! It was either this, or Mercurey… 🙂  

out and about…

out and about…

Yesterday, given our altitude, some thing was missing – too many people for not enough piste! But today was lovely, if seemingly colder!   Enjoy your 31st December – I will!

yesterday’s view from a hill

yesterday’s view from a hill

The result of a little uphill walking, yesterday…

a little matterhorn…

a little matterhorn…

 The one and only Matterhorn (Swiss side!) You know, of-course, that I like my mountains, and today I took a chance for a quick visit to Zermatt – a surprisingly mere 2h10 on the train from Bern! The forecast is for snow tomorrow, so we took a chance on today – and what a result […]

bergs not burgs

bergs not burgs

On Monday I’m back in Beaune, in anticipation of the harvesting to come. But today, and maybe Sunday too, needed a fresh injection of mountains before the Côte d’Or… Today, the highly ‘recommendable’ Schynige Platte:

a little pre-harvesting change of scene…

a little pre-harvesting change of scene…

Breakfast at 2,350 metres on the Niesen – and a great breakfast too vs most in the Swiss Alps.  

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