Accross the border

I was telling you in a previous post how great day trips are. I have to add also, that residing in Zürich opens many possibilities for such getaways not only on the territory of Switzerland. It’s very common to just quickly, less than 90 min train ride, hop to the German neighbors, usually for shopping in the charming little Konstanz. 

I love watching the fields as they change colors and shapes with the movement of the train. The warm temperature and the smooth balancing of the train relaxes my eyes so much that I nearly completely forget where I am and I have just time with myself, meditating about everything and nothing. I could watch this picture for hours, as it’s changing outside of the window. 

  
I get a little bit of everything, here a little hill, there a spot of flag field, in a distance some cows and farmers working hard.

  
Just before I reach my destination I can spot bigger and bigger parts of the beautiful Bodensee. That’s gonna be my first stop in the city, I want to see it from closer and join the crowd on the lakeside for a short stroll.

  
  
Once batteries charged, let’s not forget that Konstanz is not a bad place for shopping. The small size of the town and in particular of the center, makes it very handy to check out dozens of stores in a short time. Prices are relatively low or average and the stores are placed in a cute setting, with little cafes, restaurants and terraces, also delicious ice cream places surrounded.

  
They are all inviting and cosy, friendly and perfect for a few hours getaway. More than that might be too much though. As evening comes, complete silence covers Konstanz, the nightmare of party animals.

Zermatt – all seasons paradise – Switzerland 

As much as I may love Zürich, life in the city becomes boring at times. In such situations day trips are life savers… or mood savers. In any case, on weekends not just me, many others escape the city life and go to the mountains. I took my hiking shoes and my friend, Ania, an enormous amount of excitement, a little doze of determination for doing sport and after a 3 hours smooth train ride we arrived to the beautiful, car free mountain village of Zermatt. Not only the fresh air hit our nose, but also a few rain drops coming from the massive, dark clouds above us.

  

We must have scared away the grumpy clouds with our big laughs ’cause once we set our feet on the trail the friendly sun came out and followed us a long while during our hike.

  
  
  
Before you’d believe what a professional hiker I am, I should admit that I was tempted to stop every 2 minutes to take a pic of the view?!  … And I actually did stop to do so. Just because the nature over there it’s gorgeous, pure, beautiful and so on, so on. 

  
Still, for a daytrip from such a distance as Zürich, it’s a bit rushed, but God bless the cable car! In aprox 40 min this magic invention will take you all the way up to Matterhorn, where is winter, freezing cold, ice, wind and fog, but a special sensation, though if you take a thick jacket you will appreciate it more than I did in my thin hoodie.

  
   
  
 Is my smile convincing you to not wear winter gear in August? Maybe the ice and snow will make you think it over.

  
  
On the way back down there’s a lot more to discover than just warmer temperatures. Some cute, little lakes and the beautiful lake of Schwarzsee surrounded by the massive rocks of the mountain. Hard not to feel connected to nature in such a place. 

  
  
  
In Zermatt not only  mountains, also love is all around you! You don’t believe me? Have a look what’s up there on the balcony?!