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If Switzerland is the original adventure travel destination as Swiss Tourism rightfully declares, then Interlaken-Jungfrau is where adventure was born. Today, it is the hub of adventure activities where you can find just about every activity on land, water and in the air from paragliding (tandem with a pilot), hiking and climbing, mountain biking or easy electric powered "e-bikes" on bike paths, rafting and boat trips, and Segway tours, and of course there's skiing and winter sports of every sort in the snow. Here is also one of the world's classic mountain adventure excursions: the Jungfraujoch train to the top of Europe. It may be a popular tourist attraction, but this part of the Berner Oberland has some of the most impressive mountain scenery, centered around the triple peaks of the Eiger (3,970m/13,025ft), the Monch (4,099m/13,448ft) and the Jungfrau (4,158m/13,642ft). A network of rail and cable-car routes from the town...
We started our journey of Switzerland walking and "wining" our way through the more urbane French-speaking region of Lake Geneva.  In a well planned and orchestrated itinerary, we moved easily through the countryside from Geneva, to Lausanne and Montreux  by train, boat, walking and bicycle. Sharing 95% of its borders with France, the seat of many international organizations, and a favorite respite and creative hangout for Freddy Mecury, Phil Collins, David Bowie, Audrey Hepburn, and many other celebrities and lesser known sophisticates, the Geneva region has it all. We walked the cobblestone streets of the old towns and hit several farmer's markets where we stocked up on cheese, olives, wine and fresh baked goods for our afternoon appetizers or lunches on the train. Historically, Geneva was a strategic transport and trade route used by the Romans, and later controled by the Savoys who built a series of baronies and castellanies throughout this...
  We came to Switzerland to explore this beautiful and diverse country, and to attend our son's college commencement after four years at Franklin College in Lugano. Tarek Kenton Kutay, and his mate Juan Diego Martinez Mendiola, earned a special award for students whose actions best exemplify "...a sensitivity and mindfulness to other cultures and whose behavior has been instrumental in helping the community gain awareness of cultural issues." Thank you to all teachers, friends, families and guides throughout the world who have shared our travel experiences, helped our family grow and learn, and who have known and supported Tarek. It was a proud day at the Franklin College special graduate awards ceremony.   Watch presentation of Gerta Holman Award to Diego Mendiola and Tarek Kutay (6 min): In her presentation about Tarek the Dean of Students commented: ....he has demonstrated his commitment to learning and growing in his own identity as a man as well...

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Traveling through "the front door" of Switzerland we've been staying in the finest 5* hotels, but it's not just about the luxe, it's literally a window into the history, the landscape and the finest people who love to share their beautiful country. For 10 days we have ventured from the French speaking Geneva region, into the German-Swiss Berner Oberland and Valais regions of the Alps, then south to the warmer Mediterranean climes of Italian speaking Ticino province. You get an idea of just how spectacular the Swiss landscape is from the views of our rooms at the amazing hotels we've been staying in and the scenic trains from region to region (with our Swiss passes, of course). The pics in this blog are all taken of the hotels, or from the inside of our rooms looking out! Like anywhere in the world, careful choice of accommodations and rooms can be an integral part...
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