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Once in awhile it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” – Alan Keightley

Welcome to our travel site:  More 2 Explore.

We hope this site inspires individuals to live the lives they were meant to live; to get out into this vast, beautiful world and explore more. To realize there is more to this life than the traditional 9 to 5.  We also plan to share our travel, cultural and educational experiences with our followers.

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Summoning the New – Stockhorn

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There’s no better way to spend a day than hiking in the Swiss Alps, except when you get to hike in a completely new area of the Swiss Alps. To see peaks, ridges and Alpine Lakes for the first time imposes a sense of wonder that is unlike any other. The mountains take you in, smile a silent “hello” and if they could speak, I am certain they would say, “Welcome. Make yourself at home, but tread lightly.”

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Stockhorn sits at 2190m and is accessible by foot or gondola, offering commanding views of Lake Thun. Situated in the Bernese Alps, the area made for a very impressive first visit. With a landscape of rich green, patchy blue skies and crystal clear lakes, one can easily be captivated by the beauty that stretches out before you.

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Hiking and fishing are the main attractions of the area. For a memorable trek in the area, which will take travelers around the two lakes (Hinterstocken and Oberstockensee) and is accessible by taking the lift up from Erlenbach im Simmental to Chrindri then following the yellow signs (or Wanderwegs) for Erlenispfad (June – October). The hike is roughly 2 hours and forty – five minutes, but travel a bit further to Oberstockenalp to enjoy an authentic Swiss meal in a remarkable setting.  To obtain a map of the area, pick – up a free copy at the gondola station.

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For those fit and willing, make the uphill hike from Oberstockenalp to Stochhorn. Once on the summit, take the time to breathe in the views, sink in to your surroundings and remark yet again at how absolutely stunning Switzerland is as a country.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers

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As part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers, we present a photo from a visit to Nikko Toshogu, in Japan.  The container aspect from the challenge is representing by the containers of light, or stone lanterns which present themselves throughout the site.  Our post for this visit can be found in two parts, part 1 here, and part 2 here.

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Photo of the Week – July 18th

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The Matterhorn hides itself under a blanket of clouds.  The sun is setting on a mid July evening as the mist rises from the trees.

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The “Photo of the Week” on More 2 Explore is taken from our collection of travel photos throughout the past 7 years and is typically from the same month for which it is posted. Be sure to click “follow” to see more photos each week! (usually posts on Friday…)

Family Hotel Gorfion – Malbun, Liechtenstein

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The hotel greeted us with open arms and our children immediately ran to explore their new surroundings. Nestled in a remote and peaceful valley, Family Hotel Gorfion in Malbun, Liechtenstein was exactly the type of holiday we needed as a family. The hotel knows what children and parents need in order to offer respite from the day – to – day stress that often bogs us down as we try to juggle all the demands of raising a young family.

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As the morning sun peeked out over the horizon we would slowly make our way to the outdoor playground for a morning swing, or dig before eating a hearty breakfast. After breakfast, we fell into the true rhythm of the hotel and encouraged our children to play, create and explore with others in the child care, while we set off to discover the beautiful peaks that dominated the landscape. After a few hours of solo hiking, we would return to pick – up our always happy children, who were all too eager to tell us what they had done in our time away. We would then enjoy a family lunch and participate in an afternoon activity with the children. For us, the hotel offered the perfect blend of family time and the alone time we desperately needed as a couple.

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For those parents who are raising their children alone (think expat life), hotels such as the Family Hotel Gorfion might just be the perfect solution to finding the alone time you crave as a couple. This was our first mini-vacation that actually felt like a holiday, as we were able to hike as a couple, talk as adults and relish in each others company. Our time alone was enhanced by the fact that our children were able to play, meet new friends and create their own memories away from us. Children need breaks from their parents as well!

With incredible child care available onsite, amazing activities to keep our children entertained and a ton of onsite amenities, this establishment restored our faith in family hotels. To learn more about the hotel, please visit their website, but we have provided a quick overview of the amenities and services the hotel provides for families.

Rooms:

  • Spacious
  • Immaculate
  • Modern
  • Perfectly accommodated our family of four (small bunk beds were available with side rails for the children)
  • A small table and chairs were also in the room for the children to use for coloring, eating, etc.
  • Robes were provided for the entire family to use at the pool or spa

Facilities/Amenities:

  • A small, indoor swimming pool available onsite (our children loved this)
  • A great playground outside just by the terrace so that the parents could enjoy a drink or meal, while the children jumped on the trampoline, dug in the sand – pit, enjoyed the swings, played ping pong, or rode the many Bobbi cars available
  • Petting Zoo (Chickens, Goats, Guinea Pigs, Donkeys)
  • Kinder Care – check website for details and hours
  • Strollers available onsite
  • Hiking Backpacks available onsite
  • Spa for adults
  • Lounge for adults
  • Lie in Service – on specific days – Wednesday and Saturday (we unfortunately missed this unbelievable opportunity)
  • A common area that offered a refrigerator, washing machine and dryer and microwave oven! Amazing!
  • Daily activities – while we were visiting the hotel, our children enjoyed trekking through the mountains with llamas and a picnic lunch. The hotel also offered a traditional Berghaus breakfast, but we opted not to partake. The hotel posts all activities in a central location for all to see.

Meals:

  • Drinks available all day at children’s level so they could help themselves
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Snacks in the afternoon
  • Lunch
  • Ice Cream hour (this was a huge hit with out children and a welcome treat during the heat of the day)
  • Dinner – parents can opt to eat with or without children (side – note, I had the absolute best truffle ravioli of my life)
  • Fresh baby meals prepared daily onsite with organic and local ingredients. Parents of small children are provided with a menu to select meals from. Wow!

Needless to say, we all had a lovely time and our children were quite sad when we told them it was time to go home.

Hotel Website: http://gorfion.s-hotels.com/en/family-children-hotel-switzerland-austria

Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic

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As part of The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic, we found this photo of an old, rather beat up, fishing boat in the port of Dingle, Ireland.  This boat really looks like it has seen some serious weather.

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