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Enjoying winter in Braunwald, Glarus

If you are in Switzerland in winter then there is no excuse for not going to the mountains. Even if you don't ski, most of the resorts have other activities that you can do - sledging, hiking, snow shoe hiking. You just need to do a little research before you go. Snow show hiking was exactly what we did a week ago in Braunwald.

The day trip served two purposes - enjoy the winter in mountains and visit another canton in my Swiss Cantons Challenge list. Braunwald is medium size ski resort and about 1.5 hours train ride away from Zürich.

The trail for snow shoe hiking was also meant for regular hiking. So in order to really take advantage of having snow shoes we made some short cuts over the snow. There were also sections where the trail was shared with skiers.

It took us about 2 hours to walk up to Gumen and have lunch there. It was nice to sit and relax in the sun.

Orlando in one day

Recently I was on a business trip to Orlando, Florida. I was there only for couple of days but had luckily the whole Saturday to see the area. What can I say about Orlando? If you are not a big Disney fan then there's really no reason why you should go there. The whole area is full of different Disney-related parks.

You can probably guess that I don't fall into Disney fan category. But since I was already there I tried to find other things to do. I did go to Disney Springs one evening. It is an area with bars, restaurants, shops, cinemas and other entertainment. Below are some photos.

What did I do on Saturday? I decided to go to Orlando Art Museum and to Harry P. Leu Gardens. They are located quite close to each other (about 30 minutes walking). Also, around the art museum there is a nice walking trail that guides you to the Botanical Gardens but I didn't have enough time to go there.

It took me a little bit more than an hour to go through the museum. They have quite …

Swiss Cantons Challenge. Zug

A week ago we decided to add one more canton to my "Visited cantons" list. We decided to go to Zug because there was a carnival (Fasnacht) in a small town called Baar. Baar is located right next to the capital of the canton which is also called Zug. The first half of the day we spent in Zug and then walked to Baar to see the carnival.

It was a perfect sunny day. The sun was so bright that it was impossible to see the other side of the lake and the mountains that are supposed to be there. The water in the lake is so clear that it amazed me.

In the modern part of Zug there's not much to see and it didn't impress me much. The older part is very nice.

We visited Zug Kunsthaus (art museum) which displays the works of local artists and Zug castle. there is a museum in the castle that features the history of the castle itself and the history of the city. There are some touch screens with English text but lot of information is unfortunately available only in German. Still, …

Swiss Cantons Challenge 2017

I have decided to visit all Swiss cantons that I haven't visited yet in 2017.

List of cantons that I have already visited (in alphabetic order):
AargauBasel-StadtBernGenevaGraubündenLuzernSchaffhausenSchwyzSt GallenTicinoVaudZürich

List of cantons that will be part of this challenge (in alphabetic order and gets updated ):
Appenzell AusserrhodenAppenzell InnerrhodenBasel-LandschaftFribourgGlarusJuraNeuchatelNidwaldenObwaldenSolothurnThurgauUriValaisZug
All the post related to this challenge I will tag with cantons2017 tag.

Madeira. Ponta de Sao Lourenco

The very last hike we did on our last day in Madeira was to Ponta de Sao Lourenco. It is a nature reserve at the Eastern part of Madeira. The hike isn't in general very difficult, but there are couple of sections where you need to really watch where you step. It was also very windy so I really appreciated that I had gloves and hat with me. In total it took us about 2.5 hours to go both ways.

The description of the hike is available here:

And now let the photos do the talking.

Madeira. Levada da Ribeira da Janela

In the afternoon of the same day when we did Ponta do Pargo hike we decided to also go and see Levada da Ribeira da Janela. We arrived there quite late - around 3 pm. As we didn't want to finish the hike in the dark we only went through the first tunnel and then turned back. The tunnels on this hike are long and narrow and wet. So you need good footwear and flashlight. The levada itself is very nice and full of fish. It took us in total 2.5 hours to go until the waterfall and back.

You can enjoy beautiful views and the levada itself is also very nice and wide.

Description of the full hike is available here: