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Old 06-05-2014, 09:46 PM   #41
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I like to follow Rick Steves' books and philosophy, but sometimes he goes too far. I remember a show he did on the Swiss Alps, where he lobbied that people should go to this farm village on a plateau. If I'm going to the Swiss Alps, I'm going for the mountains! If I want to see a farm I'll drive 1/2 hour from home.
Rick is talking about the town of Gimmelwald and it is in the Swiss Alps and in the mountains! Been there many times...you passed on one of the most beautiful hikes of your life. Your loss.

Edit: Posted this before seeing the other responders. My thoughts still hold.

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You can always stay in smaller towns as opposed to just day tripping to them, when they're packed.

Leaving Capri after 3 night stay. It is way more peaceful in the eves and mornings.

Plus, found a couple of belvederes which could only be reached on foot, no taxis or buses.
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Plus, found a couple of belvederes which could only be reached on foot, no taxis or buses.
Did you make it to the Belvedere della Migliera by the Philosophical Park, where you can look down on the lighthouse? That was our favorite.
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Rick is talking about the town of Gimmelwald and it is in the Swiss Alps and in the mountains! Been there many times...you passed on one of the most beautiful hikes of your life. Your loss.

Edit: Posted this before seeing the other responders. My thoughts still hold.

He spent most of the segment talking about cows and cheese and such. Very little about the hike, which we would've enjoyed, though we had other hikes in the Alps planned. As I said, it was pouring rain when we were to go so we wouldn't have enjoyed that anyway.
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What kind of European should I vacation as: A German? Spaniard? Norwegian?

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In hell, the police are German
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And the lovers Swiss.
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Speaking of Grand Canyon, people are not doing justice to the major National Parks if they are spending just 1/2 day to see one. It's like seeing an elephant's nose through a hole and declaring I've seen an elephant. I highly recommend spending at least a week per national park like in Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, etc.. There's more to an elephant than its long trunk.
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Did you make it to the Belvedere della Migliera by the Philosophical Park, where you can look down on the lighthouse? That was our favorite.
Exactly the one.

There are two points, one that only shows the lighthouse and a higher one that shows both the lighthouse and the faraglioni.

Tried taking overlapping shots to stitch into a pano.
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