These three days were amongst the very few days I have spent in Switzerland focused on anything other than training or fitness. As my family in Australia is numerically tiny, something I grew up with and is no problem at all, I was rather surprised to discover how nice it felt to actually be with family.
Both Brigitte and Klaus had not been to Switzerland before and Flims is the perfect place to start. The village is at about 1,000m with big mountains all around. It is also a quite famous ski resort.
Wednesday evening Brigitte and I spent catching up on family news and just simply catching up with each other. It was a lovely evening.
The next two days the three of us (no, FOUR of us because of course Jochen was a part of it all) we packed in as much as we could, walking, walking, walking and taking a gazillion photos. So even though these days were family, Jochen still got in a lot of walking.
Lake Cauma is close to the Rhine Gorge.
Much of the walk was a little tedious as it was mainly on internal roads. But we managed to find and follow enough real walking trails that took us through the forest and led us to this charming lake where we stopped for lunch.
By leaving the roads whenever we could we found this wonderful albeit small gorge. Note the beautiful blue water.
Yesterday morning we drove to Falera, just a short drive down the road. At Falera there is a very interesting megalithic site that came into being in the Middle Bronze Age (1,600 - 1,200 BC) and we spent some time looking at all the different stones placed for a purpose in respect to sun and moon as well as the solstice.
This centre combines astronomy, mathematics and Bronze Age worship and is under archaeological protection.
In afternoon we took the shuttle bus to Nagens. Height at about 2,000 m which is above the tree line, and then walked along a narrow mountain track into beautiful, very rugged country. This is the sort of country I love.
This morning Brigitte and Klaus drove Jochen and me back to Rhaezuens and the parting was very emotional.