Backpacking in the Swiss Alps: Via Alpina Stage 11 and the Eiger Trail, Grindelwald to Lauterbrunnen

After our Glecksteinhütte adventure led us to Grindelwald, we woke up the next morning well-positioned to begin the day’s trek along Stage 11 of the Via Alpina. We were planning to follow Stage 11 the entire way to Wengen, Lauterbrunnen, where we’d be staying for the next two nights during…

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Backpacking in the Swiss Alps: Glecksteinhütte and Grindelwald

On our second day of hiking Stage 10 of the Via Alpina during our Swiss Alps adventure, we planned turn off the trail and hike up to to Glecksteinhütte. Up until this point, the vast majority of our travels have gone to plan. Mishaps have been minor and limited, like when Norwegian…

London Day Trip: Alpaca Walking in Winchester, UK

Where to begin explaining this one… because, yes, we did travel on a day trip from London to a farm in Eastleigh, Winchester to go alpaca walking. What is an alpaca walk? It’s a walk where you take an alpaca on a leash for a stroll around his farm. Hensting…

Backpacking in the Swiss Alps: Engelhornhütte

After a night’s stay at a beautiful chalet in Reuti on the first night of our Swiss Alps adventure, we set off along the Via Alpina Stage 10 to climb to a different type of lodging for night number two. Our second evening would be spent in a hut perched…

London Day Trip: Canterbury

For many months, I have been dreaming of visiting Canterbury. My dream was to visit in warm weather and go punting along the canals of this famed city and visit its historic cathedral. Once I learned it was not far from London, it made it firmly onto the London bucket…

Backpacking in the Swiss Alps: Via Alpina Stage 10

Stage 10 of the Via Alpina begins in Meiringen, Switzerland, a lovely little city in the Hasli valley, and ends in Grindelwald. With our hikes up and down from Engelhornhütte and Glecksteinhütte, we completed the length of Stage 10 over two days. Some of the most beautiful vistas we passed…

Backpacking in the Swiss Alps: Meiringen, Aareschlucht and Reuti

Our flight to Switzerland was early in the morning, and after catching a series to trains to Meiringen, we had plenty of time to explore the area before heading to our hotel for the night. Meiringen is a charming little city at the start of Stage 10 of the Via…