Reuss river early in the morning

  • 21/05/2019

At the foot of the Gotthard and Furka Pass several smaller rivers merge and form the Reuss River. At the beginning the river is turbulent: In the Middle Ages, the river impeded the development of the Gotthard Pass in the steep Schöllenen Gorge. Up to the point where it flows into the fjordlike Lake Uri, the Reuss shares the valley with the expressway and the railway line of the Gotthard transit route.

A cruise by paddle steamer from the Belle Epoque era across Lake Lucerne is well worth your while. All around the lake fabled mountains such as Rigi, Pilatus or Stanserhorn tempt you to stop for an excursion to the summit. Canoe rides on the lake are as popular as hiking tours, for example, on the “Swiss Path”. In Lucerne the Reuss resumes its course as a river. Lucerne is the economic and cultural center of Central Switzerland – and a popular shopping paradise for visitors to Switzerland from around the world.

Towards the end of its course, the Reuss becomes a canoe paradise: In the historic town of Bremgarten, in one of Central Switzerland’s largest natural landscapes, you start your paddling tour on the Reuss, that is practically untouched here. Your tour ends at Gebenstorf, shortly before the Reuss flows into the Aare.

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Spring in the fields

  • 21/05/2019

One asketh:
“Tell me, Myrson, tell me true:
What’s the season pleaseth you?
Is it summer suits you best,
When from harvest toil we rest?
Is it autumn with its glory
Of all surfeited desires?
Is it winter, when with story
And with song we hug our fires?
Or is spring most fair to you–
Come, good Myrson, tell me true!”

Another answereth:
“What the gods in wisdom send
We should question not, my friend;
Yet, since you entreat of me,
I will answer reverently:
Me the summertime displeases,
For its sun is scorching hot;
Autumn brings such dire diseases
That perforce I like it not;
As for biting winter, oh!
How I hate its ice and snow!

“But, thrice welcome, kindly spring,
With the myriad gifts you bring!
Not too hot nor yet too cold,
Graciously your charms unfold–
Oh, your days are like the dreaming
Of those nights which love beseems,
And your nights have all the seeming
Of those days of golden dreams!
Heaven smiles down on earth, and then
Earth smiles up to heaven again!”

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Cannero Riviera

  • 02/04/2019

Cannero Riviera is a comune  with a population of 973 and an area of 14.46 square kilometres  in the Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in the Italian region of Piedmont. The settlement is situated on the western shore of Lago Maggiore; it is about 130 kilometres northeast of Turin about 15 kilometres northeast of Verbania and a similar distance from the Italian-speaking, Swiss Canton known as the Ticino.

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  • 20/03/2019

Hohentwiel is an extinct volcano in the Hegau region of Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany The mountain is west of the city of Singen and 20 miles (30 km) from Lake Constance.

Hohentwiel began forming, along with the chain of volcanoes in the Hegau region, about 7–8 million years ago, when a layer of volcanic ash and stone was laid down. The magma consists of phonolite.

In the following millions of years, the core was opened 260 metres beneath the surface by the glaciers from the ice age. This formed the core that is now exposed, after the ensuing millions of years of erosion.

The fortress, whose ruins are on top of Hohentwiel, was built in 914 using stone taken from the mountain by Burchard II, Duke of Swabia. Originally, the Monastery of St. Georg was within the fortress, but in 1005 it was moved to Stein am Rhein (now in Switzerland), and the Swabian dukes lost control of Hohentwiel. In the later Middle Ages the noble families von Singen-Twiel (12th–13th centuries), von Klingen (to 1300) and von Klingenberg (to 1521) resided here. In 1521, it was passed on to Duke Ulrich von Württemberg, who developed Hohentwiel into one of the strongest fortresses of his duchy. During this time, it began to be used as a prison, and in 1526, Hans Müller von Bulgenbach, a peasant commander, was imprisoned there before he was executed.

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Grindelwald and Interlaken

  • 27/02/2019

The Eiger village of Grindelwald in the Bernese Oberland lies embedded in a welcoming and green hollow, surrounded by a commanding mountainscape with the Eiger north face and the Wetterhorn. This mountainscape and the numerous lookout points and activities make Grindelwald one of the most popular and cosmopolitan holiday and excursion destinations in Switzerland, and the largest ski resort in the Jungfrau region.

Thanks to its magnificent vista and the glacier which once reached right into the basin, Grindelwald attracted its first guests – primarily the English – from the end of the 18th century onwards. The actual breakthrough of Alpinism occurred in the mid 19th century, and local mountain guides climbed the peaks of the region with English tourists. The first ascent of the Eiger, the most difficult of Alpine mountains took place in 1858 (the north face only in 1938).

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India – Delhi people and surroundings

  • 18/02/2019