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Winter 2010-2011

Our winters are nothing like what they once were.

December's early snows got our hopes up, only to have them cruelly dashed in January. February didn't help at all. March was useless. We blame ex-President Bush.

You may not find this terribly rewarding unless you're included here, so this is a good time for casual and random browsers to turn back before they get too caught up in the sweep and majesty of the proceedings and can't let go.

Naples and the Amalfi coast, October-November 2010

How better to occupy ourselves until the snow comes

Dante presiding over the Neapolitan landscape. Click on the photos to proceed.

Some days in Ravello, home of the stars

Hike to Amalfi and lunch with Marilyn and Aldo

Paestum and the Greeks

The Isle of Capri

Scenes of Naples

Pompeii, still in ruins


Naples' museums

Solfarata, for the gases

Naples' castles

A walk on the River Rhône, mid-November 2010

Colmar visit

Colmar, France, in mid-November

The snow's here, and it's early

Snow days in downtown Bassins, early December 2010

Some early snowshoeing fun

More snow than we'd bargained for,
27 Nov. 2010

Beau soleil at Meylande and
Petites Chaumilles, 4 Dec. 2010

Blundering around in the forest
of Grande Rolat, 5 Dec. 2010

Traditional Christmas in Ollon

Mercedes and the Stocking

Late December . . . January . . . the snow's gone.

So it's down to Florence in early February

Neptune in splendid off-season Florence

The Ponte Vecchio and other celebrated venues

The Palazzo Vecchio in our evening rambles

Leaning towers in Pisa

More Florence scenes

Four days in beautiful Mantua

More Mantua, and Milan for the Brera and the Berlusconi demonstrations

Back in Switzerland in mid-February -- and still waiting for the snow

So, while we're waiting, Strasbourg, early March 2011

The Strasbourg Cathedral, from just near our inexpensive (off-season) Hôtel de la Cathédrale

The Petite France neighborhood

The cathedral neighborhood from the penthouse suite

And, at the end of the day, the snow never did come.

Last walks of the winter (if you can call it that)

Christmas season hikes, late December 2010 - early January 2011

We're getting old waiting for the snow in January

Kristin-hikes in February and March

Mont Sâla, 19 March 2011

April walks in a snowfree environment

Creux d'Enfer de Druchaux in April

This was truly the winter that wasn't . . . enough to make you believe that the Republicans and the Oil Barons have won at last.

But at least, in Switzerland, we have the luxury of worrying about snow and not about sea-level rise.

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