Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Swiss Autumn 🍁

Swiss Autumn



It's that time of year again!
Time change and colors switch.
From summer to winter time, from green color to yellow-ish, red-ish and orange-ish colors of nature.
 In short, Autumn color.




Swiss autumn is very alive and colorful.
Uetliberg trail is our favorite place for an afternoon walk in late september and mid october. 
The weather is mostly sunny and the temperature is mild that makes the surroundings more colorful and enjoyable.




In the height of pandemic we all just want to have a peaceful, safe and clean environment. Material things didn't even count. Health is the most important thing.

We are lucky that switzerland has a lot of beautiful places to go to away from the crowd.



This beautiful tree that we saw on the way is full of life.
Simple tree that gives us a positive energy that life might be challenging but there's always a way to be happy. 



 This view gives us a very peaceful vibe.
Makes me appreciate simple things in life more in times like these.

Simple happiness that has a big impact. As they say...

"Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower"




And, this is my favorite part, food! 

Every autumn as we all know is the 'Wildsaison' (wild season).

Wild specialty is offered in every swiss restaurant. "Wildspezialität" is advertised in every restaurant entrance that means wild specialty. 

I was not a big fan of deer meat because of that strong after-taste but if you'll find a decent traditional swiss restaurant you better give it a try because they know what they do and they know how to cook it the proper way.

We discovered this Linde restaurant in Weiningen and they are simply exceptional.

Their venison steak is the best that i had since i moved here.



Very juicy and tasty with delicous side dishes like spätzle, baked pear, stir fried grapes, peach, red cabbage and banana croquette.

I never had baked pear and stir fried grapes-peach before and they taste amazingly good.




I even tried to make my own venison meat at home. Not that good yet but will practice more.


Thanks for dropping-by and have a great Autumn you all!

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Monday, October 12, 2020

Gold Panning in Switzerland

 Our fun gold panning experience 

Romoos,Entlebuch
Switzerland



The unesco Biosphere Entlebuch offers a lot of adventures for young and old.

Hiking, gold panning, biking and a lot more.





Due to covid we decided to spend our summer holiday in Switzerland. We discovered new beautiful places and learned new stuff. 

We didn't know gold panning is such a fun activity for the whole family. With hardwork and patience you will find gold flakes while enjoying the beautiful Napf surroundings. 

We booked online, in Napfgold-erlebnis. 
(Found them thru google)




They are very helpful and informative, direct to the point. Some company gives too much information but with Napf they will give you just the necessry infos that you need to know. 

The kids get to dig on their own and do the 'washing' with all the tools provided. 



You could book a day, half day or a 4-hr  gold panning experience. Since it is our first real river gold panning (my kids did the "gold panning" on a box of sand before, offered by their sports club somewhere in switzerland as part of their group excursion not the real one though but just to have a nice experience how it goes). 






We booked the 4-hr tour/experience considering we have three kids and we don't know yet at that time if they will enjoy the whole thing from walking to digging and it turns out they liked it so much that they want to do it every summer




Romoos, Entlebuch is 1hr by car from zurich.

And, 2hrs by train from Zurich main station.

Luzern is the nearest city in Entlebuch.
It is also a good idea to do some Luzern or Entlebuch sight-seeing afterwards.






This was our 4-hr gold panning experience (9am- 1pm)

- Collecting all the equipment. Rubber boots, shovel, pan, small bottle container and sluice box.

-small introduction and briefing about the area and gold panning history

-30-minute hike down the river

-Gold panning instructions

-gold panning on your own

-gather all the tools and hike up to the nearest bus station.

-took the bus back to Napfgold-Erlebnis place

-cleaned all the tools and...  finished!


You will be on your own afterwards but the Napfgold-erlebnis guides will be there all the time to give some tips and advice.





Time is so fast and patience is really a virtue. You will find gold just be patient.

We thought it was too short so i would recommend a half-day package for beginners, you have an option to book your lunch with them as well.
We were in a group but i think you can also have a private guide.


Check our short gold panning video here



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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Heidegg Castle

Schloss Heidegg

Gelfingen


During the lockdown due to the pandemic we discovered a lot of places that we haven't seen before. We visisted a lot of castles nearby and it became our our favorite afternoon walks away from the crowd.

We are lucky to be surrounded by different castles in switzerland that turned into an amazing museum.



The castle's beautiful rose garden.




The inside of the castle. Showing the old furnitures, clothes, and of course my favorite the "Kachelofen".
(Tiled stove)



Pictures in the castle through the years. 



This bed is like in a fairytale movie. 



Not a fox but a "siebenschläfer"
(Doemouse)












They have their own chapel that is located just right outside the castle and nowadays it can be rented for wedding ceremonies.


The beautiful view over-looking Baldeg lake (Baldegersee).
They also have a public bath open every summer the lake is also good for stand-up paddles but with it's own restrictions as the lake is well protected (no boats allowed) that nakes the area very peaceful.

The castle visit was very relaxing you can just sit in the rose garden and enjoy the view for hours.
They have a small cafe where you can enjoy a coffee or a small dessert.
Plus they have a nice playground for the little ones.

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