Midland Diary Discussion: 10 August 2011
Started by: Diane Clement
Diary Entry No 46 - A week in the EngadineGo to latest contribution by Diane Clement, 22 August 2011, 21:56. Go to bottom of this page.
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Our summer holiday this year was spent in the Engadine area of Switzerland. To see where we went and what we saw, click here
How interesting Diane,I am looking forward to the next instalment. Elaine and I are looking at visiting Switzerland next year at the end of June.I would appreciate any help you can give to selecting a good destination at that time. Also the best way of getting there.
Mel, I am sure you will love Switzerland. I think it is the perfect holiday destination. The hotels and transport are excellent, and the scenery and plants are superb.
If it's your first time, I'd go with one of the travel companies - we usually go with Inghams, but have also travelled with Crystal and this year went with Swiss Travel. You will fly from your local airport probably to Zurich you will be provided with a Swiss card which enables free transport from airport to your holiday destination and return, plus half price travel on most trains, buses and mountain lifts included in the pass for the duration of your holiday.
Where to go? For the best scenery and flowers, I would recommend you choose between the Bernese Oberland area (Wengen, Grindelwald or Murren) or the Valais (Zermatt or Saas Fee). Also, I would highly recommend the area we were in, for ease of access and good transport up to high altitudes (Engadine valley - Pontresina or St Moritz).
Thanks for the information, I will keep you posted. Going back to your point about resizing images and confirming plant identification I am currently working through my pictures from the Dolomites at the end of June.Elaine and I, along with seven other very capable people, recorded so many plants including grasses and trees/shrubs I will probably working on the list when we go to Switzerland. The fauna was pretty impressive especially the Viper guarding the 'King of the Alps on the Pordoi Pass. I am hoping to put some pictures on the website shortly but in the meantime I will leave you with Physoplexis comosa. You can understand why it is known as the Devils Claw.