Enjoying Europe – setting off, June 2012

June 18, 2012

Grüezi (hello) again… this time in German/Swiss!  I know it’s been a while since I’ve shared as “Travelgirl” and now here’s even a new blog set-up.  Technology is really “chill” as my nephew would say, but far from foolproof as my last blog vanished into thin air and now my tried and true web host is no longer offering services, ugh!  So this ole’ gal is pushed to figure out a new system that works easily and efficiently for my travel-sharing needs.  True to form, there is always something that comes up just prior to a big trip, this techno-challenge is one of the bigger ones at this time… no worries, I shall find a way! :-)

Beautiful Mt. Blanc

Beautiful Mt. Blanc

So here again, I hand my home off to a wonderful friend to look after and head abroad for another wonderful adventure into the unknown… or just partially known anyhow.  The trip will take about 5-6 weeks encompassing some beautiful destinations throughout middle and eastern Europe and perhaps some time in Iceland on my way home… the later is rather pricey, but I guess we only live once, eh?  I have the chance to travel as few not-yet-retired folks do living frugally to allow for such opportunity, to pass up a chance leaves only regrets in its wake. So off I head once again.  This adventure is among my least planned, not even a return date as of yet, which adds to the wonderful anticipation of it all.

First stop, Switzerland.  My dear friend, Norma and I have been training methodically in preparation for hiking the Mt Blanc circuit through this gorgeous country and into Italy and France as well.  Her friend, Richard has signed on as well.  Our altitude hikes have included Baldy (10,000+), Cucamonga (8,900+), San Jacinto (10,000+) and San Gorgonio (11,500+). My thinking is we’ve trained well, perhaps even a little much which will allow us to take on any extra adventures presented without too much worry.  Fitness is something to be truly enjoyed for it’s day to day fun as well as the doors opened to us all to say “yes we can, because we can.”  After the 2-week hike through post-card perfect scenery, I’ll bag off solo toward Zermatt, while Norma and Richard begin to make their way back home.  I know Norma would love to join me on this next leg, so I will do it with her in mind.  Zermatt is at the foot of the famous Matterhorn, the likes of which I’ve seen regularly off the freeway passing Disneyland nudging me evermore to see and experience the real deal, and I can’t wait to take in it’s 14,000’+ splendor!  What happens there is yet to be known, but I did get a good deal on a charming little inn near town central and look forward to hiking the area and taking the local cog rail to viewpoints of the surrounding Alps.  A town without cars of any sort, what a dream!

Starting the trek from Chamonix

Starting the trek from Chamonix

Norma & I starting the trek

Norma & I starting the trek

From Zermatt the itinerary is yet undetermined and I find that rather exciting.  Oh, I do have some ideas in mind but the route is up to the trains, buses, cars  and my own two feet that will get me there.  I have Rick Steve’s Guide book in hand, so stay tuned for what’s to come.

I hope this first entry preceding my next adventure finds you exceptionally well in health, happiness and prosperity… and perhaps encourages a bit of adventure in your own life.

Until next time from somewhere in the world… cheerio!

TMB trail markers

TMB trail markers


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