The Gerrard Chronicles 2005 - Traveller's Tales

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To celebrate Avis' 70th birthday, we also had many trips this year:-


We had planned to ski in Alp d'Huez, one of the harder destinations of the Tour de France, which we follow avidly. However, the hotel would not be finished in time & Ken lead the Inghams man round to letting us have the very luxurious Hotel Mirabeau in Zermatt instead at the same price. This is the one our friends Michey & Alan were married in in 1994. We did the usual rounds & made a trip into Italy down the Ventina run. Avis, at 69, decided it was our last ski trip, so Ken made his last run, the fearsome Aroleid, despite a somewhat gammy leg from last year's alpine trip. Fortunately, this cleared up later. Zermatt ski info to our Alpine web site.

Us on the Gornergrat train
©some Japanese girl

Avis doing it right on Rotweng

There was plenty of snow
Avis & barns in Zermatt


We flew Ryanair to Baden-Baden, as this was the nearest cheap flight towards Avis' ancestral village of Rixheim. The idea was to investigate the University Archives in Mulhouse, which we did but going to Baden gave us other touristic opportunities & a full report is on this link.


We stayed 10 days at this Italian spa (town link) between Florence & Pisa, which we had marked out years ago. The hotel could have been good but for the poor food & air-conditioning & this was a Hot time. There is a full report on this link.


Arranged on a whim when she visited us in the Spring, we spent a week at Vicky's French pied-a-terre. There is a full report on this link.


Last year left just one stage to do of the Chamonix-Zermatt Walk, the hardest, so Ken flew to Geneva (Easyjet) in September, trained to Le Chable & walked up to Verbier, ending the day in the Mont Fort Hut. The next day, while a stiff walk, only took 8 1/4 hours & is fully reported & illustrated on this link. There was thus time to get to Montana (village link) across the Rhone in the Bernese Oberland for the night before picking up an old trail at the Violettes Hut & going over by the Plaine Morte Glacier to Iffigenalp above Lenk.

Path up from the Violettes Hut

Wildstrubel across the Plaine Morte Galcier

Hohe Wispile - gentle stroll

There is a primitive but very hospitable hotel run by Frau Gfeller at Iffigenalp (hotel link) & he stayed 2 nights, in order to 'climb' the easy OberLaubhorn for its splendid views on this link. This walk has been integrated into Ken's Lenk pages. Then, he headed West on an improvement to the Cross-Swiss Walk to Lauenen on this link, staying at the super newish Hotel Alpenland (hotel link). From there, he walked up the Krinnen Pass (easy) & the picturesque Hohe Wispile, dropping to near Gstaad & thumbing to Gsteig, staying at the Hotel Bären (hotel link) again. He went back to the Rhone Valley over the Sanetsch Pass, a very long day, to Sion & home.

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