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First Ski Experience in Switzerland! Extraordinary Winter Ski trip in Aletsch Arena

First Ski Experience in Switzerland, Aletsch Arena

First ski experience, at the ripe old age of 29!!!! If like me, you have lived nearly your entire life in a warm and tropical country with no snow, ski-ing is probably something extremely foreign and not your typical sport unlike swimming or badminton.

Having moved abroad to Switzerland for coming 4 years already… I finally decided to embrace the snow, pick up those ski gears and hit the slopes for the first time!

Read on below to find out my first ski experience in Switzerland and how it went.

Watch the full vlog here:

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10 Best Things to do in Bordeaux (France)

Trying to decide what the best things to do in Bordeaux, France are? Look no further!

With culinary delights to entice the senses, rich French wine to sip and savor, and historic architecture and monuments second only to Paris, you’ll find yourself utterly enchanted by the Southwestern French city of Bordeaux.

Bordeaux has a lot to offer and is often overlooked by many travellers. However, I’m here to show you why you should spend at least a weekend in Bordeaux by sharing 10 best things to do in Bordeaux!

To break down your perfect weekend in Bordeaux, here is what I’m talking about in this article:

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Swiss Travel Pass Guide

One of the top questions I get asked all the time by travellers visiting Switzerland is this question: WHICH TRAIN PASS SHOULD I GET? Swiss Travel Pass…or the Half-Fare card? 0.0

No thanks to the mega-confusing Swiss transport system and the range of rail passes available out there, I could never provide a clear-cut answer to those of you who asked. Because the truth it, it really depends on your itinerary!

After days of research, I finally decided to pen down my full analysis of the few most popular train passes in Switzerland. This includes the Swiss Travel Pass, the Half-Fare Card, specific regional passes such as the Top of Europe and Bernese Oberland Regional Passes, as well as cost-saving tickets such as the Saver Day Pass and the Super-Saver ticket.

I will conclude with some general travel advice and considerations to help you make the best choice!

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Klein Matterhorn (Matterhorn Glacier Paradise) or Gornergrat: Which is Better?

THAT’S IT! You’ve booked your trip to Switzerland, all set to catch that glimpse of the iconic Matterhorn. The trip up to the Klein Matterhorn and Gornergrat are considered the two most popular, “must-visit” excursions for the Toblerone mountain view…but which one offers the better experience?

Luckily enough, I got the chance to visit both! And in today’s post, it’s going to be a mountain showdown between the two, Where I compare everything from transport, prices, altitude, attractions to outdoor activities!

Be sure to read till to end for my honest recommendation, and daytrip suggestions from Zermatt around the Valais region.

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Top 7 Things to Do in Montreux, Switzerland

montreux switzerland lake promenade

Oh Montreux! This Swiss city on the shorelines of Lac Léman needs no introduction: Being most famous being the home to one of the world’s most celebrated music event: the Montreux Jazz Festival! Every year during the first two weeks of July, the festival spirit drifts over Montreux like a sweet holiday fragrance…a unique ambiance of excitement, lightness and carelessness.

But did you know that aside from jazz, there are tons of other exciting activities, excursions and daytrips to do within Montreux and the Swiss Riveria Region?

In this post, I am sharing my essential Montreux travel guide, with 7 best things you MUST do when you are here. This itinerary is best broken down into 2-3 days, so you can get the most out of your trip!

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Saas-Fee, Switzerland – 10 Best Things to do during Winter

Alpine wooden chalets in Saas-Fee,Switzerland

If there is ONE image of a magnificent winter landscape that has left its mark on pop culture… it would be the one from Wham’s “Last Christmas” music video. However, did you know? that it was in fact filmed in 1984 in Saas-Fee, Switzerland?

In December last month, I went on a winter ski vacation at Saas-fee with my family, who came to visit us in Switzerland over Christmas. In today’s itinerary, I’m super excited to share with you the best things to do in Saas-Fee in winter!

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St Gallen and Appenzell, Switzerland: Top 10 Things to See + Where to Eat and Stay

abbey cathedral of st gall, in st gallen switzerland

Have you ever been to St Gallen and Appenzell? If you happen to be in East Switzerland, these two places should definitely be in your list!

This weekend itinerary is a great combination allowing you to discover Swiss cultural heritage while embarking on hiking adventures up in the alpine mountain pastures. In this blogpost, I’ve rounded 10 ideas for your trip!

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What to do in Ticino, Switzerland in summer

Summer is here! Last year we spent it in Lugano with our friends and we loved our time SO MUCH. We were so excited this time about spending it coming back to this Italian-part of Switzerland, but to explore other cities around the region! If this continues next year, it seems like a trip to Ticino will soon become our annual summer affair!

We spent a fantastic week in Ticino, returning home with satisfied pot-bellies from all the feasting, and cameras loaded with beautiful summer travel memories. Today I’m all pumped up and excited to share with you all the stunning beautiful places in this travel itinerary!

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Neuchâtel and La Chaux-de-Fonds Switzerland: 7 BEST Things to see and do

Wide Streets and parallel Buildings in La Chaux de Fonds

At last….Kicking off my latest project in 2021 with MySwitzerland: OLLIECHINNY’S GRAND TOUR OF SWITZERLAND!

In this year-long travel series, I will be sharing TEN various bucket-list worthy destinations with activities to do in Switzerland, which I hope would serve as an inspiration for you when planning your next Swiss trip! It’s already my third year in Switzerland but really, the number of sights and places to discover is ENDLESS. I hope you will be equally excited as I am and follow along my adventures!

Our first destination is at canton Neuchâtel in the French-speaking part of Switzerland! I don’t know why, but this region tended to be missed out when people visit Swiss Romande, preferring the Montreux Riveria or Lausanne, the Olympic city. However, did you know that in Neuchâtel, there is actually a watch-making capital (A UNESCO world-heritage site, no less!)?

Get ready to find out the 7 BEST THINGS to do in Neuchâtel: From watch-making, Old-Town scavenger hunts, to scenic nature hikes!

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