All posts tagged: walking

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Lace up your walking boots to explore Swiss Heritage’s Historic Trails

I am already a huge fan of Swiss Heritage’s “Loveliest” series of booklets that offer fans of Swiss culture, architecture, nature and lifestyle detailed guidance when they want to discover ‘must-see’ locations of cultural and historical significance across the length and breadth of Switzerland. Now for something almost entirely different, the organization offers the first edition of its new publication “Destination Patrimoine” or Destination Heritage: Historic Trails, dedicated to connecting history and nature-lovers with the 35 most beautiful and historically significant transit routes in the country.

A Sunday afternoon winter walk that never fails to delight, heal and inspire

At this chilly time of year it’s easy to hunker down at home and not cross the threshold except when I have to, especially on a Sunday afternoon free of the usual obligations of a weekday or shopping Saturday. Yet I’ve developed the habit of putting on my no-frills clothes and good walking shoes, free of makeup and sometimes hair askew (or hidden under a sensible woollen hat) and getting myself out into the beautiful countryside near my home in Vaud canton, just outside Geneva. It’s sometimes hard to believe that I’m only a ten-minute train ride from a busy city, yet that’s one of Switzerland’s many charms and particularly of this area…you’re never too far away from open spaces. The views are reassuringly familiar, yet endlessly reinterpreted depending on the season, the weather and the time of day. They are consistently captivating and endlessly inspiring. I often return home less burdened by worries and negativity, and often with a new perspective on how to overcome any challenges that might have been blocking my progress. Usually, …