Love/hate affair with Autumn

Autumn is not my favourite season. I always have a hard time to accept the fact that summer is over. Every day gets shorter and darker. The weather is just the worst: cold, with a lot of rain and fog. It takes ages to get dressed in all the layers of clothing needed to go outside. Sometimes, I would just want to go hibernate until spring.

Golden autumn foliage in Zermatt, Switzerland

But autumn is not all that awful. Autumn festivals, pumpkins, apple pies, and roasted chestnuts makes this season bearable. Colourful sunsets are gorgeous and changing of the leaves create beautiful scenery. Yes, I have to admit, autumn is the most colourful time of the year and as such can be truly glorious.

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Natur & Tierpark Goldau revisited

Don’t know what to do on a gloomy November Sunday in Central Switzerland? Visit Natur & Tierpark Goldau (Goldau Nature Park and Zoo) – an animal park housing more than hundred European wild and domesticated animal species (e.g. bears, wolves, chickens, otters, lynx etc.)!
As you might remember, I’ve already visited this animal park earlier this year with my brother. This time I’ve visited it with my husband.

Pigs

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Zermatt weekend getaway

A month ago, when October turned to November, my husband and I went to the charmingly cute mountain village of Zermatt in canton Wallis/Valais to celebrate my husband’s birthday.

Matterhorn above Zermatt

Zermatt is beautiful mountain village. Likewise many other Alpine villages, it is full of charming peak-roofed wooden buildings. What differs Zermatt from other villages and makes it special is Matterhorn – iconic pyramidal mountain that can be found on every box of Toblerone chocolate and countless Swiss postcards.

Hiking route in Zermatt

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Räbechilbi aka Turnip Festival in Richterswil

Three years ago in November, I attended Räbechilbi, a traditional fall festival in Richterswil, a lovely village on the banks of Lake Zürich.

The festival can be traced back to the early 1920s and is held every second Saturday evening in November. The inhabitants of the village decorate the facades of their houses with turnip lanterns and there is also a parade of different constructions illuminated by hundreds of hollowed turnips.  Continue reading