Queen of the Mountains – Rigi, Switzerland

When friends live in different countries it is not always easy to find time to spend together, so when we can capture the moment, we try to make the best of it. This time we met in Lucerne (Luzern) for a weekend by the lake. But while the town was welcoming and friendly, it was… Continue reading Queen of the Mountains – Rigi, Switzerland

On the terraces – Lavaux, Lake Geneva

As so often is the case when you approach somewhere new, we settled on a simple plan. From Lausanne station we would take the train that travelled east above the shore of Lake Geneva as far as our city pass would allow, and then we would walk home. It would be a walk that took… Continue reading On the terraces – Lavaux, Lake Geneva

Postcard from The Winding Trail 06: Rendsburg

A few weeks ago we headed out from Berlin to explore the salt marshes and tidal estuaries of Germany's North Sea coast. On the way we crossed the Kiel Canal, and discovered the Rendsburg railway bridge, an architectural marvel that dominated the landscape and became the subject for our latest Postcard from The Winding Trail,… Continue reading Postcard from The Winding Trail 06: Rendsburg

Mountain of the Mind – Daniel, Tirol

The village of Ehrwald sits at the corner of a valley in Austria, just across the border from Germany. The valley is about a thousand metres above sea level, a damp moss of drained moorland divided into neat fields for growing the hay that will keep the cattle fed over the long, snowy winter. At… Continue reading Mountain of the Mind – Daniel, Tirol

Walking in Autumn – Berlin & Brandenburg

The new year begins as the leaves begin to turn, and those last warm summer evenings switch to an autumn chill, the smell of wood stoves in the village or small bonfires in the allotments of the city. We call it a new year because autumn is a time of beginnings as well as the… Continue reading Walking in Autumn – Berlin & Brandenburg

Through the mist – Black Mountain, Belfast

The mountain starts where the city stops. A final semi-detached house before a farmer’s field, at the end of which the slope starts to really rise into the mist. It was a winter morning when we travelled there, to meet Feargal and his friends at the very edge of the city. They were going to… Continue reading Through the mist – Black Mountain, Belfast

A place like no other – the Schrammsteine of Saxon Switzerland

It was Friday evening when we caught the train from Berlin’s Hauptbahnhof. Two dads, two daughters, heading south beyond Dresden and towards the Czech border, climbing down from the train in darkness on the banks of the Elbe. Across the river from the station, the lights of Bad Schandau shone against the dark hills that… Continue reading A place like no other – the Schrammsteine of Saxon Switzerland

Along the Semmering Railway

It was our good friend Nicky who gave us the idea. ‘If you’re already taking the night train to Vienna,’ she said, ‘then might I suggest you book tickets to Graz? The price will be the same and you’ll get to spend the morning following the Semmering Railway through the mountains. You can always have… Continue reading Along the Semmering Railway

Along the Narcissus Path – Les Avants

It was a walk planned around train lines and train timetables. There was no real destination in mind, no peak to climb or pass to cross. All we had seen was a photograph. A little red train clinging to the mountainside. Hauled up from one village to the next by a series of cables for… Continue reading Along the Narcissus Path – Les Avants

Postcard from The Winding Trail 03: Lausanne

We just sent out our latest Postcard from The Winding Trail. These are our irregular email newsletters that include original stories from our trips, a round-up of everything we've recently posted on the site (which, seeing as you are reading this, you probably already know), as well as a collection of books we've been reading,… Continue reading Postcard from The Winding Trail 03: Lausanne