After my time in Zermatt, I caught a train to Andermatt, a tiny Swiss town surrounded by very skiable-looking mountains in all directions. This place has been high on my list of bases for the winter, so I wanted to check it out asap.
Just to state the obvious, this is one of the most awesome peaks in the world. I’ve seen thousands of photos of it, but photos don’t do it justice. It’s one of those mountains that blows your mind when you see it in person.
The last few days I’ve been enjoying my first days on the snowboard this season in Zermatt, Switzerland… and powder days no less! Above is a view from the ski area looking down at the town far down below in the valley.
Here’s a few more photos of autumn color, taken on another, longer hike yesterday in the hills above Freiburg, Germany.
Evening over Freiburg, Germany.
Detail from the entrance of the Freiburg Minster, the big Gothic cathedral in Freiburg, constructed beginning in 1200 and completed in 1330.
On Sunday I arrived in Freiburg, in southern Germany. The next day Claudia took me on a hike in the hills above town. I was surprised and delighted to see the amazing autumn colors in the forest there! Absolutely beautiful!
Lots more photos below!
On Sunday I’ll be in Europe! On tap: a winter in the Swiss Alps and the Black Forest in southern Germany. See some drool-inducing pics I harvested from the internet, below the fold. Wish me luck, and stay tuned for lots of [hopefully very snowy] blog posts from the Alps!