Wow! My blog completed 6 months and I am running out of topics so soon!!! Looking at other bloggers I sometimes feel how well they manage their time. Time management is one of this years resolution for me along with sliming down which is carrying over from years 😉 . Anyways I think its ok for a change to be wordless. I guess pictures speak more than words.
I love Tomato Mozzarella salad. It’s delicious, super super easy and is handy when we have sudden guests.
Duration – 10 minutes
3 - Tomatoes
125grams - Mozzarella cheese
50 ml - Olive oil
50 ml - Balsamic vineger
1 tsp - Dried or fresh basil leaves
1 tsp - Dried oregano
Fresh basil for garnish
1. Mix olive oil, vinegar, chopped basil,oregano, salt and pepper
2. Slice tomatoes and cheese.
3. In a plate arrange tomatoes next to each other and put cheese on top of it.
4. Pour the mixed ingredients on top of the cheese
5. Garnish with basil leaves.
I didn’t have fresh basil leaves so used dried basil. But I suggest to use fresh leaves if you have.
This is one dish you should try if you have not tried yet!
On our way back from Zermatt to Stuttgart we stopped at this romantic deep blue lake, Blausee. It is around 400 kms. from Stuttgart. Blausee is a small lake in the Kander valley above Kandergrund at 887 m, near the river Kander.
It is a 5 min walk from the parking to the lake. We walked around the lake and also got the glimpse of huge trouts jumping out of the crystal clear water. There is a hotel with a spa on the shore of the lake and an organic trout farm.
On one end of the lake there is a statue of a lady in the water were it is said that this blue eyed lady used to visit this lake with her true love. One day he suddenly died and she continued to visit this lake and shed tears sitting near the lake remembering her loved one. Days later, she died in grief. The blueness of the lake is from her tears.
We spent some time adoring the lake and ate at a Pizza restaurant near the parking place which had some lip smacking pizzas.
Sunrise from Gornergrat peak and the Handsome Matterhorn!
Now that we know this is our last year in Germany, we are preparing a wish list of all the things we want to do. The first one on the list is to enjoy the snow. But unfortunately winter is special this year. There is Absolutely no snow in Stuttgart! So we headed towards the snow in Zermatt.
As we planned our trip the previous day we didn’t have much choice with the hotel, so we stayed in small village called Randa not far from Zermatt. It was a 5hr 45min drive from Stuttgart. It was a 3 day trip. We left right after Christmas to avoid traffic and crowd.
We reached Randa in the afternoon and spent that day around Randa and sledging. For the next day my husband suggested that we go up the Gornergrat peak for the sunrise. Me and my son unwillingly said yes as we didn’t want to wake up early. But later we realised, it was worth it!
We got up at 5.30am and drove to Täsch which was a 6 min drive from Randa and parked at the park house at the train station. From there we took the first train towards Zermatt at 6.15am. This beautiful village Zermatt surrounded by Alps is a car free zone to control air pollution. Only electric cars are used. So, we have to take trains from nearby places. There is also a train station in Randa but we learnt that is was much more expensive than we paid in Täsch including the parking fee and the train ticket for 3 persons. There is also much more choices of restaurants at Täsch, which was easier on our way back.
The different cable car stations are Gornergrat (3,089m), Matterhorn glacier paradise (3,883m), Rothorn (3,103m) and Schwarzsee (2,583m). We choose Gornergrat as we had been to Matterhorn glacier paradise few years back.
The Gornergrat base train station is Europe’s highest cogged electric railway. It is right in front as we exit the main train station at Zermatt. We had our breakfast at a restaurant near the station. In winter the ticket counter opens at 6.50am and the first train starts at 7.00am. It takes 33 min. to reach the peak with total 6 stops. The Switzerland’s highest hotel Kulmhotel Gornergrat is located at the last stop of the train station. There are other restaurants too. One can get down in between the stations and trek or ski.
We first reached at the highest stop Gornergrat. The sky looked beautiful with the shades of pink. We walked towards the view point and the whole panoramic view was mesmerising. The mountain peaks slowly turned Coral with the first ray of the sun, It was simply breathtaking specially on the gorgeous Matterhorn peak. One can see 29 mountains above 4000m from Gornergrat.
On our way back from Gornergrat we got down at Rotenboden and walked down to Riffelberg which took about an hour. It was amazing, with the view of Matterhorn. We had our lunch at Riffelberg.
the trek route
We spent our whole day praising the Alps. My son was soo happy, He enjoyed till the fullest but, want to go again… Who will not want to, if the place is like Heaven!!
Hope this post and pictures inspires you to visit this magical place!