Matterhorn

Matterhorn

After nearly going to the top, via cable  car I just had to post some more photos

The Matterhorn

Nur at the top of the alps

If you don’t know Matterhorn I’m not sure what you have been doing.  It is a large, near-symmetrical pyramidal peak in the extended Monte Rosa area of the Pennine Alps, whose summit is 4,478 metres (14,692 ft) high, making it one of the highest summits in the Alps and Europe.[note 3] The four steep faces, rising above the surrounding glaciers, face the four compass points and are split by the Hörnli, Furggen, Leone, and Zmutt ridges. The mountain overlooks the Swiss town of Zermatt.  I’m staying in Zermatt.

Switzerland www.ch cern

Switzerland www.ch cern

I have been in Switzerland for a few days now. I started in Geneva.

One has to eat, and then chocolate. Chocolate

Fondue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Geneva

Now for the Really good stuff. Geneva is home to CERN,European Organization for Nuclear Research , the birth place of world wide web, here is server number 1.

 

Also the first time we saw a Higgs Boson

 

 

Meet Atlas


But Switzerland is the Alps. 

Carian Trail ,Turkey

Carian Trail ,Turkey

The latest new idea.

Datça Peninsula: 240.7 km. The section starts from Old town of Datça, 3 km before Datça, and follows Hızırşah, Domuzçukuru, Mesudiye, Palamutbükü, Knidos, Karaköy, Kızlan, Emecik, Balıkaşıran, Akçapınar, and ends in Akyaka.

The Carian Trail is an 820 km long-distance footpath exploring the South Western corner of Turkey through the modern provinces of Muğla and Aydın.[1] The trail is new and winds through some of the lesser known regions of Turkey.

The trail was explored and mapped beginning in 2009 was opened by Yunus Özdemir, Altay Özcan and Dean Livesley.[2] It was opened for travel in 2013.[3][4]

The trail is named after the Carian civilization, indigenous people of Asia Minor. It passes through an area with many ancient ruins.[5]Stone paved caravan roads and mule paths connect villages from the coast to a mountaineous hinterland. There are pine forest covered mountain slopes, olive terraces and almond groves which are an important part of the region’s economy.

The trail is signed and waymarked allowing both independent and group travellers to hike and enjoy the scenic beauty and cultural treasures of Caria.[6][7][8]

Koblenz, with Deutsches Eck

Koblenz, with Deutsches Eck

Today’s adventure was a bit further south from Cologne, to Koblenz. 

Again lots of history, from Roman’s thur medieval Germany to the world wars and today.

Lots of walking around and visiting places of interest, quite a few things were closed for winter but plenty of shopping opportunities

Koblenz (German: KoblenzGerman pronunciation:[ˈkoːblɛnt͡s] (About this sound listen)), also spelled Coblenz (English and pre-1926 Germanspelling) or Coblence (French: Coblence), is a German city situated on both banks of the Rhine at its confluence with the Moselle, where the Deutsches Eck (German Corner) and its monument (Emperor William I on horseback) are situated.

After the WW II

 

 

Bonn, birthplace of Beethoven

Bonn, birthplace of Beethoven

Bonn, a small city on the Rhine,

The Federal City of Bonn (German pronunciation:[ˈbɔn] (About this sound listen)) is a city on the banks of the Rhine in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, with a population of over 300,000. About 24 km (15 mi) south-southeast of Cologne, Bonn is in the southernmost part of the Rhine-Ruhr region, Germany’s largest metropolitan area, with over 11 million inhabitants.

Among many museums  other things Beethoven House,

Last spring I also when to Drachenburg Castle in the Siebengebirge south of Bonn.

I’m getting pretty good on the buses and trains around Cologne

Also going on is

COP 23 – UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn

The German government opened the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn by announcing an additional 100 million euros to support developing countries in climate change adaptation
11.11 11:11 Köln Carnival

11.11 11:11 Köln Carnival

Today we get see a different side of Germany, only in Cologne. They start the Carnival at 11:11 on the 11 of November.

 

http://www.koeln.de/tourismus/karneval/1111__sessionseroeffnung

 

 

 

at the stage, a crush of people , only a tiny bit of wiggle room


The Cologne catheral 

Medieval cathedral

Lets have fun

not so much fun

now at the train station on the way home