This season winter has been very kind to us. There were only two occasions when it snowed in Zurich and both times the snow did not stay for long. So it happened that I came to see the first real snow when visiting the beautiful village of Vals two weekends ago. We went there to visit the thermal bath designed by Peter Zumthor and to stay in the wonderful Brücke 49. So that’s two highlights of Vals. Another one is the village itself:
Mild weather and long walks in February, the mountains towering across the glittering lake, cats hiding in narrow alleys and French cafés serving perfect coffee. Some days this place feels unübertrefflich.
A walk through Zurich’s old botanical garden. I will come back when the Magnolias are in bloom.
As the new year arrived, we started dreaming of summer again, the most delightful season of the year. We long for the blue of the sea and remember what the sun felt like on our skins during those long afternoons at the beach. Just us, books, baguette and tepid lemonade. Even more vividly I recall driving home, salt on my skin, the warm evening winds blowing through the window of his car, back to our summer home. Can we go back?