Shifting Habits – Plastic Pollution

“This earth is what we all we have in common.”  – Unknown

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There is a lot to say about plastic these days, and believe me, my intent is to write more on this topic in the very near future, but for today I will keep it short.  Plastic…sigh… much of which ends up in our oceans, pollutes our water sources and wrecks havoc on wild life must be reduced and hopefully through small habit shifts, together we can do just that.

We are becoming more aware and despite not being able to live a 100% plastic free life, we are determined to do what we can to reduce the plastic pollution created by our tiny family.

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So today, I purchased Veggiebags.  Available at Oekoladen in Basel.  Four small, reusable bags used to place produce (or any other item for that matter) at the store instead of adding more plastic to the planet.  Simple, clean and hopefully in some small way, making a difference, or at the very least preventing plastic from making its way to the ocean.

Veggiebags- OceanCare – 8820 Wädenswil, Switzerland

Oekoladen – Theaterstrasse 7 – 4051 – 061 272 83 40

Looking for a video to share with your family on the negative impacts plastic pollution has on our oceans? Please watch this video and commit to making one change to improve the health of our planet.

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In the Alps #8

The “Into the Alps” photo series are snapshots from various trips we have taken in the Alps. Although the photos are primarily in black and white, they aim to show the natural beauty of the Alps in areas which may be of interest to others. We hope you enjoy this series and that you follow us to be a part of the updates.

In the Alps, you are at the mercy of the elements in all of its forms, but while in them, you sometimes catch a glimpse of nature’s majestic beauty as we did one evening as the sun set and the mist lifted.  We stayed a few nights at Obersteinberg, a great Alpine Berghaus with expansive views at the end of a quite valley far past the tourist crowds of Lauterbrunen.

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This post is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Elemental

Those Mountains…

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After ten years, those mountains still take our breath away. They remind us the how time is fleeting, how seasons change, and how wild and magnificent this life is.  Those reminders are never wasted on us.

They encourage us to explore and to see the world through a lens of wonder.

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They teach us that nothing lasts forever and therefore, it is our duty to cease the moment, capture the beauty and share each experience with our children and we are happy to oblige.

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They remind us that the way in which we live will have a traumatic impact on their world, causing glaciers to retreat, trash to accumulate and temperatures to shift.  It is heart-wrenching to witness.

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Those wrap their arms around us, instill a sense of calm, embracing us as strangers and encourage us to stay a bit longer.

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They remind us how good it feels to spend the majority of the day under the bask of the sun, the glow of the snow and the sweetness of thin, pure air.

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They remind us what an incredibly feeling it is to hike up her inclines, descend down her hills and work for our views.  For in her realm, hard work is rewarded with unimaginable sights and landscapes that fill us with gratitude.

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The mountains make us earn our meals and appreciate a night of peaceful slumber.

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Those mountains remind us that life should be simple and that a simple life is what we should strive for.

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Those mountains cause a sense of melancholy to wash over us each time we leave and return home to city life.

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Those mountains are great teachers rich with wisdom and we are eager to absorb the knowledge.

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Those mountains I tell you, have healed, taught, humbled, and awakened us in ways we never knew were possible and for that, we will continue to make our visits a top priority.

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(This post was added to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Satisfaction)

In the Alps #7

The “Into the Alps” photo series are snapshots from various trips we have taken in the Alps. Although the photos are primarily in black and white, they aim to show the natural beauty of the Alps in areas which may be of interest to others. We hope you enjoy this series and that you follow us to be a part of the updates.

This photo was taken from the town of Bettmeralp, a car free village in the Swiss Alps in the canton of Valais.  South facing, the town has commanding views of some of the highest peaks in Switzerland, and is one of the best jumping off points for hiking to, and near, the Aletsch Glacier, the biggest glacier in continental Europe.

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The Weekend Retreat – Schwarzwaldalp

2017-07-02-Swdal_385Tucked away in the Rosenlaui Valley, sits the friendly and welcoming Schwarzwaldalp Chalet and Hotel. With exceptional service and amazing views, the Chalet is the gateway to some remarkable hiking, the Rosenlaui Gorge and Rosenlaui Glacier.

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Whether it is a slow and steady trek to a quiet bench, or a longer hike that opens up to glacier views, this is the perfect little retreat to clear your head and remind yourself that life can and should be simple.  All one needs is a bit of fresh air, stunning views, a place to place your head each night and incredible people to share the experience with.  Ahh…it always comes back to the basics.

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Schwarzwaldalp is a perfectly child-friendly destination.  With a playground situated in the front of the hotel and a staff that is happy to accommodate children during meal time, the location was perfect.  The hikes in the area were also entertaining for the children, especially the walk through the Rosenlaui Gorge.  Enjoy!