Monthly Archives: May 2012

Walking the dog

A mother and child take the toy dog for a stroll in Zermatt, Switzerland.

This might be my most favorite photograph, that has come out of my camera, to date.

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Rapperswil Castle

Rapperswil Castle (Schloss Rapperswil) at sunset

a.k.a. Schloss Rapperswil, in the Swiss German, is a castle in the town of Rapperswil, where we spent the bulk of our time last month. It was built in the mid-13th century but since 1870, has been home to the Polish National Museum created by Polish emigrants, more specifically, the castle’s lessee and restorer, Count Wladyslaw Broel-Plater.

To a casual observer, such as myself, the collections inside the museum are not extensive and the layout seemed somewhat random, but I might be judging harshly because I didn’t understand much of what was written about the displays; even the stuff that was written in English. Still, just walking around in a nearly 800 year old building is pretty darn cool.

stained glass in Rapperswil castle

stained glass in Rapperswil castle

inside Rapperswil castle

Rapperswil Castle at twilight

The view from the tower
from the tower in Rapperswil castle

from the tower in Rapperswil castle


Rigi

Now that we’ve been home for a week, and kind of a crazy week at that, I can finally post some more photos.

Our second weekend in Switzerland, we took a short trip from Zurich to Arth-Goldau, where we took a cogtrain to Rigi Klösterli and began our ascent to Rigi Kulm. The elevation at Klösterli is a little more than 1300 meters and the peek at Kulm is at about 1800 meters.

Here’s the view looking north from close to where we got off the train at Klösterli. In the lower right corner, you can see a portion of the tracks from the cogtrain. I believe that’s Lake Lauerz and the Kleiner Mythen (the darker peaks in the upper right) in the distance.

Here’s a look at our destination, several miles away, Rigi Kulm (the red and white radio tower).
looking up at Rigi Kulm

And a closer view from the same point on the path.
close up of Rigi Kulm

The view to the south. The Bernese alps.
Bernese alps from Rigi

Along the way, we met some new friends.
a wooden Swiss-flag-wielding statuette greets hikers along the way to Rigi Kulm

I expected to see some sort of sign, telling me who this guy was. Alas, I guess I’ll just have to make up my own story.
creepy one-eyed book holding guy

Looking to the northwest, over the town of Küssnacht, from roughly 1600 meters up.
Küssnacht from Rigi

Rigi Kulm, from Staffel. We’re getting closer!
Rigi Kulm from Staffel

Finally made it!
Rigi Kulm

It was an exhausting trek; mostly because of the snow. But it was a blast and I can’t wait to do it again.


Walking in Rapperswil

A selection of photos shot while strolling through another splendid old town in Switzerland, near Zurich.

walking in Rapperswil

walking in Rapperswil

walking in Rapperswil

walking in Rapperswil

walking in Rapperswil

rainbow over Rapperswil


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