I’ve been sharing my journey in Switzerland via Facebook and Instagram during these past 2 months and now that I am off to Barcelona I thought I would feature the highlights of this gorgeous country with a proper post. I am so grateful for all the wonderful moments I have experienced to date as well as the amazing, warm hearted people I have met along the way.  I never thought so much could unfold in so little time. To me, it’s a sure sign that I’m meant to live here.

At home in Hergiswil

Our apartment is based in Hergiswil which is a small town of 6000 people located in German speaking central Switzerland. To me, Hergiswil feels like a place you would spend your summer holiday at. It faces Lake Lucerne and is nestled within the most majestic mountains (the largest one being Mount Pilatus). You can’t get much more beautiful surroundings than that.

The atmosphere here is relaxed and people are super friendly. Everyone says Grüezi! (hello in Swiss German) to each other when they cross paths. That’s quite a change for a girl that comes from a city of 1.8 million inhabitants that all ignore each other even when alone in a closed elevator. What I most adore about Hergiswil is that it’s so peaceful but it’s also just a 10 minute train ride from Lucerne which is where the action is. I’ve been a city girl most of my adult life but got acclimated to this country setting very easily. You can see why below.

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Daily hikes on the most beautiful hills and mountains where the sounds of the cow bells just drown all your worries away.
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Every walk is an opportunity to discover something new.
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I’ve spent many mornings by the lake contemplating my good fortune and taking a moment to just be still.
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The view from our living room window takes my breath away every time.
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It was so beautiful to see the seasons change and the leaves go to bright red and orange.
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This is the view you get when you walk out of the Hergiswil train station. Mount Pilatus in the background.
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And of course, can’t leave out my friends the farm animals that can be spotted around every corner.

 

Mount Pilatus, you beauty

I used to laugh at how many palm tree pictures my dad would take when we went to tropical destinations but I now realize that I do the same thing with mountains! Mount Pilatus is located right in front of our home and is the biggest mountain in our area. Every day, I look out the window and the scenery is different depending on the weather. So beautiful.

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Luzern

I’ve written about this beautiful city before here and I am as much in love with it (in fact I would say even more) then when I first discovered it this summer. Luzern (the German spelling) or Lucerne (the English spelling) is a 10 minute train ride from Hergiswil and is filled with endless possibilities of activities. Museums, shops, restaurants, hotels, cafés, walking paths by the lake, theatres, you name it.

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Old Ms. Colmer had a farm…

If you didn’t know it before, you do now: I am a huge animal lover. In Montreal, I might be a cat lady but here I am #crazygoatlady. I’ve shared countless photos of these funny furry creatures and I was happy to see that my city peeps back in Canada actually loved them! I kept getting requests to share more videos of farm animals and the sounds they make. And here I thought that my fashionista followers would find me weird. I guess there is a country girl or boy in each of us!

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Mount Stanserhorn: 1898 meters of pure heaven (or hell, depending on how you look at it)

I consider myself in good shape but the day I climbed the Stanserhorn, I felt like one of the participants in The Biggest Looser. My face was red like a beet, my feet weighed 900 lbs and I thought I was going to faint before I got up to the top. I know that sounds slightly dramatic but I really did struggle. Apparently, after some practice, going up should be a breeze and Robert kept telling me he’s seen 80 year old grannies climb like it was nothing but I’m still a bit skeptical about that story.

All that said, once we made it to the top, I was speechless. Partly because I was so exhausted but mostly because of the beauty that laid in front of me. I had never seen anything like it and if I ever do again, it will be because I took a cable-car to get up there. Ah ah, seriously though, I might give it another go some day but I think I need to gradually work my way towards that end goal. Baby steps they say…

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Until next time…

There you have it. This is only a glimpse into everything you can see in this gorgeous area of the country. I’m leaving Switzerland as it settles into late fall and when I come back she will be like an old friend that I haven’t seen in a while. Still the same deep down inside but with new stories to tell and an existing beauty to rediscover. If you want to read more about my journey in Europe, I’ve included more posts below. Happy trails!

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Guten tag from Switzerland!

I heart Lucerne

Hergiswil: home is where the heart is

Castles, caverns and other beauties from the UK

 

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