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This year's trip

Booked my airline tickets yesterday: arriving Geneva 18th July, leaving Geneva 11th August.

Will spend first two days and last day along the lac Léman, probably Lausanne at one end of the trip and Vevey at the other.

In between three weeks in the mountains. Current plans (no reservations yet, so open to suggestions):
  • A week in (surprise ) Évolène, my favorite village in Switzerland.
  • A week in Kandersteg. I spent a few days there say 20 years ago. The real point is to be in the Oberland but not in Mürren, which I have visited twice recently. Wengen and Grindelwald seem too close to it to really qualify as change, but I am open to suggestions.
  • a week in Château-d'Œx, as I have never visited the Alpes Vaudoises. Took the scenic train through the area more than once half a century ago, but never actually stayed there. Again, I am open to suggestions.

This is a much shorter trip than usual, but I will be "celebrating" my 76th birthday soon after my return, and am no longer up to six week hiking vacations. Please note that I am NOT complaining:

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Re: This year's trip

Great plan, enjoy. Where do you normally stay in Evolène? There is a great B&B called 'la grande peur dans la montagne' in the hamlet of La Tour between Evolène and les Haudères. Patrick and Madeleine are really friendly and speak excellent English. Madeleine was born and bred there and knows the whole area by heart.

E-mail: gr_pm@bnb-evolene.ch
Telephone: +41 (0) 27 283 10 5

If you do pop into the Jura, get in touch and meet for a meal or come over for one.

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Re: This year's trip

If you wish to have a "special" night somewhere - I would recommend the, not in Switzerland but bloody close, Chateau Divonne just outside Nyon.

If you stay on a Saturday night - it is a 10min walk into the village for the excellent market.
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Re: This year's trip

As you will leave on the 11th, Geneva will organize for you a big firework on the 10th, to say goodbye....




Did you choose specially that period ?
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Re: This year's trip

Thanks, Odile.

In the mountains I rent an apartment, both for the kitchen and for the extra space. That imposes an unwanted rigidity on my plans, apartment rentals in tourist areas are almost always exclusively from Saturday to Saturday.

I have noticed the Grande Peur the few times I have walked down the road from Les Haudères to Évolène and wonder whether I could have an assiette valaisanne with trois décis de Fendant there one evening.

I am not sure how the Jura would fit in, but who knows?
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As you will leave on the 11th, Geneva will organize for you a big firework on the 10th, to say goodbye....




Did you choose specially that period ?
Merci!!

I had not even thought of the Fêtes de Genève, might just maybe spend that last night in Geneva.
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... I would recommend the, not in Switzerland but bloody close, Chateau Divonne just outside Nyon.
I have ever been to Divonne, but have heard a lot about it over the years from my late mother's Genevan friends.
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Re: This year's trip

They don't serve any outside guests. But they will let you use the kitchen if you ask- and also have a small studio with a double bed and 2 bunks with its own kitchen - and of course would not require a week's stay. Book early if interested, it is very popular.
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Booked my airline tickets yesterday: arriving Geneva 18th July, leaving Geneva 11th August.
The 18th of July is getting awfully close, is it not?

Looking for the cheapest flight I am arriving in Geneva at 7:30 AM, which means that breakfast will be served around my normal (USA) bedtime. It will be a miserable day, as I refuse to take a (probably very long) nap and permanently screw up my sleeping pattern.

On Friday I hope to do a small hike from Lausanne, suggestions very welcome! Then on Saturday train to Sion and bus to Evolène.
Next stop will be Kandersteg; I hope one day to go to Bern to see the terracotta warriors.

Then a last week in Château-d'Œx, almost certainly including a side trip to Gruyère.

One last night in Lausanne, then train to Geneva and back home.

I have a variety of plans of different degrees of strenuousness, as I fear that the days of big (1,000 + meters of elevation gain) hikes are over. Sad but predictable, c'est la vie.
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... I hope one day to go to Bern to see the terracotta warriors...
If you have a friend that's part of the UBS key club (or you're a member yourself) you can get deeply discounted tickets using points or a combination of points and CHFs.
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Re: This year's trip

Thanks for the tip, but no such luck.
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Re: This year's trip

May I ask what you find so special about Evolene?
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Re: This year's trip

I don't know how often you've been to Lausanne and what you've seen already. For a hike/ stroll that's short, close by and easily accessible by public transport I'd recommend the Lavaux vineyards (you get a nice map at the tourist office).

There's Rocher de Naye as well, beautiful view over the lake and alpes: take the funiculaire up from Montreux and get out at one of the stops. You can make the hike as long or short as you like.
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Re: This year's trip

One of my favorite walks in Lausanne which only takes about an hour and a half is to take the number 16 bus (direction Grand-Vennes) to the Lac Sauvabelin stop.

Disembark and walk all around the lake and then head back down the hill towards the cathedral. You will pass by L'Hermitage, le Petit Chateau, the Lausanne Cathedral and down into the center. Lots of picture opportunities overlooking all of Lausanne.
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Re: This year's trip

Salut R.I.NH
On the 28th July is the Gemmi Sheep gathering http://www.gemmi.ch/highlights/highl.../schaeferfest/
This on the Gemmi pass between Kandersteg and Leukerbad. No transport, its great, you must walk.
Best of walking.
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Merci for the great suggestion!

I will be in Kandersteg at the time and given my current level of fitness I will certainly take the Sunnbüel cable car on the way up, who knows, maybe even on the way down
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May I ask what you find so special about Evolene?
Excellent question, but deserves some thought. I hope to answer at some length when i get my act together, probably next week when I am there.

Hint: it is not Évolène that I find special but the whole upper Val d'Herens ... Évolène just happens to be the most convenient base for a week in that valley.
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One of my favorite walks in Lausanne which only takes about an hour and a half is to take the number 16 bus (direction Grand-Vennes) to the Lac Sauvabelin stop.
I am pretty sure that on my first trip to Switzerland (in 1947!!) I visited the Signal de Sauvablein. So this is definitely very high on my list of possible excursions.
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Re: This year's trip

Some Googling led me to Balade insolite de Sauvabelin à la Cité, which increased my desire to explore that area. Since I will be staying near the Place de la Gare my adventure will start with an ascent of the notorious Petit Chène ... an almost alpine climb as I recall Then bus 16 to the lake and a leisurely descent.
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Some Googling led me to Balade insolite de Sauvabelin à la Cité, which increased my desire to explore that area. Since I will be staying near the Place de la Gare my adventure will start with an ascent of the notorious Petit Chène ... an almost alpine climb as I recall Then bus 16 to the lake and a leisurely descent.
Le Petit Chene is a killer. You can take the Metro from the gare to the Flon and the elevator up to St. Francois if you want to avoid the climb.
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