Belcastle, France

Park the car on the edge of town and you are not quite in full view of the town. As you walk, up and along the stream, you are drawn back in time. The quite stone village of Belcastle looks like something out of a movie; pristine flower garnished houses, a small church tolling on the hour, and a tree lined stream running through. The stonework cascades down offering a meandering hike up to a small castle along cobblestone streets with commanding views of this village which seems to have been tucked away for centuries. Belcastle is a unique experience and a welcomed stop from navigating the meandering rural roads.

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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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Photo of the Week

Tucked away in the Alps, above the familiar town of Grindelwld, Switzerland, is the wonderful Burghaus Bort.  Open nearly the entire year, they are hosts to hikers, tourists, and at this time of year skiers.  For more information check out a full write up on Burghaus Bort here. This photo was taken on a snowy December evening, a cozy place to stay for the night, or several nights!

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This port is part of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Ambiance

In the Alps #3

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 Berghaus Schäfler with Säntis in the background (with the spire).  In the foreground is Altenalptürm, an  outcropping menace of limestone looming over an equally impressive trail (not for those with vertigo) which leads to Säntis.

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Macro Life

Life is small, fragile, and yet bigger than each of us.  We are tiny on a landscape of vast openness, vulnerable to the world, the environment, each other and ourselves.  Although small in relativity, here is to the hope that we can be bigger than ourselves, greater than our fears, and open to the world of possibility that allow us to achieve better for each other.

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

This photo was taken in Reykjavik, Iceland from the top of Hallgrimskirkja church.