Saturday, September 20, 2008

Switzerland - Mount Titlis

Switzerland - Mount Titlis
A glacier paradise with ice and snow at 10,623 feet (3,238m) and highest viewpoint in Central Switzerland.
In the mountain of Urner Alps located in the canton of Obwalden in Switzerland.
A the entrance of Mount Titlis, March 1999.
The scenery and surroundings here was enough to take my breath away.

A photo I cut out from a brochure and pasted in my photo album.
Showing a Rotair.
We went up the mountains by three different cable cars.
Last one was the Rotair - first revolving cable car in the world.

First Adventure...Into an ICE CAVE!

We were so excited and my tour guide kept saying "Air is thin up there, if you feel breathless or unwell, please come down immediately..."
But on one seem to be hearing what the tour guide was saying.
Everyone was busy looking for their best spots to take photos.
Anyway, the air up there was the purest and best, in my point of view.
We all got crazy throwing snow all over the place.
A very fun place to be and of course the view is simply spectacular.

Although I was very happy to be there but a bad thing happened to me.
I was rolling all over on the snow... so happily that I forgotten about my videocamera in my bag.
It's was... ... crushed! The viewing screen broke!!!
That's the price for rolling on the snow...
Anyway, I did continued to use the videocam. It was still able to function with the normal recording.
Only thing is that I've to connect in to the TV at home for viewing.
Cannot view on the videocam anymore...

Who says at the top of the mountains, you'll feel lonely?
Look at these crowds...

Even though, I've accidently broke my videocam, I was still able to enjoy very much my day there.
No use crying over split milk. Can't be undone and I might as well enjoy my limited time there.
Mount Titlis is a place, I would like to visit again if I have a chance.
Then I would really try to learn how to ski...

Friday, September 19, 2008

Switzerland - Rheinfall

We got near the Rheinfall at Switzerland in the very early morning.
About 7am and I'm not really fully awake yet even though I had a great helping at breakfast.
It is Europe's largest waterfall.
I can feel the power of the water, flowing and hitting the rocks.
A very magnificent sight to behold.

Rheinfall Data :
Approx. Age : 16,000 years
Width : 150m
Height : 23m
Depth : 13m
Average flow in summer: 600 m³/s
Average flow in winter: 250 m³/s
Lowest flow ever: 95 m³ (in 1921)
Highest flow ever: 1250 m³ (in 1965)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Austria - Innsbruck

Innsbruck is the capital city of western Austria.
It's a very beautiful place located in the broad valley between high mountains.
A city with about 110.000 residents.
People were also friendly and I had my first MacDonald lunch in Austria.
Places were all very well kept and the building's were painted with vibrant colours.
This is also one of the places in Europe which I liked very much.

Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl)
Built in 1500.
Decorated with 2657 fire-glided copper tiles for Maximilian I Roman Emperor.

An old district town of Innsbruck with the famous Golden Roof.
From here, one can also view the alps at the end.
It's too faint to see in here in these photo.
But when we were they, the location gave us a very spectacular view.

There was a Swarovski crystal shop location in the pinkish orange building.
I got my eyes set on a crystal miniature grand piano. The price were I think about 40% cheaper than what I have to pay for it in my own country. But I didn't buy it as I was afraid it might break during my travel. I was already been paranoid over the Michelangelo's david stone statue I've brought in PISA. It's about 2ft in height with a marble stand. I got in wrap up with all tons of tissue and a big did however finally arrive home in one piece!
Hehe, now I'm in a bit of regret for not buying that crystal piano... ... ...

Postcard Image of Leopold Fountain (Leopoldsbrunnen Fountain)
A statue of Archduke Leopold V (1619-1632) riding a horse.
I was there when it was already dark and my photos...oh well, was also dark in the background!
This is price of not reading the camera manual properly before travel...aha!

Monday, September 15, 2008


Liechitenstein is located in the Upper Rhine valley of the European Alps.
A doubly landlocked alphine country bordered by Switzerland and Austria.
Doubly landlocked country means a landlocked country surrounded by other landlocked countries.
A person in such a country has to cross at least two borders to reach a coastline.
There are only two doubly landlocked countries in the world.
One is Liechtenstein in Central Europe and the other is Uzbekistan in Central Asia.
Liechitenstein is also the 6th smallest independent nation in the world by land area.
Their official language is German and currency used is Swiss Franc.

On my way to Lichtenstein, we stopped by at one of the highway checkpoint.
The town gives me a sense of peace and I wish I could live in places like these.
Away from the noisy city and bright lights...

Image captured while travelling in the coach.
Along the way, we passed by many beautiful houses like this.

I did not stop to stay overnight in this place.
It was very rush and we managed to only grab a few bars of chocolates and we were on our way again before the day turns dark.