What a Finale!

Today Agnes hired a car in order to take me to the places I hadn’t been during my stay! What a challenge. But we did pretty well.

We walked around the Cresta See. You have heard of the Cresta Run (I saw it in St Moritz last Saturday). well, this is the Cresta Lake near Flims. A natural lake deep in the forest with paths and picnic spots and safe bathing areas. Of course, it has the expected restaurant and other facilities too.

Cresta See

Cresta See

Cresta Run

The Cresta Run

Then we drove to Vals where the world famous spa baths designed by local architect Peter Zumthor are built of local granite. We decided not to indulge our senses here but to wait until the end of the day.

Vals

Vals Dorf

So after looking around the village of Vals itself, looking in at the Landi shop (always worth a peep)

Swiss Babygro (Onesey??)

Cute Swiss babygro

Yodelfest

And they really do have yodelling fests!

we picknicked by the little shrine/pilgrim church of Santa Maria da Campo.

Sta Maria da Campo

On our way back Agnes diverted to Schloss Haldenstein near Chur for which I had a brochure and had thought worthy of a visit. Indeed it is! It’s a very special rose garden. In the summer there are outdoor theatrical and operatic performances. We had coffee/apple juice in the delightful garden overlooked by Chur’s mountain Calanda.

Haldenstein

The Schloss

Apple juice

The Apple Juice and Garden

Then (after a supermarket shop) we drove back to Bad Ragaz for the icing on the cake – a two hour session at the Thermal Baths of Bad Ragaz. Wonderful! I didn’t take my camera with me but this is what it’s like.

How the other half lives!

Don’t think I can write anything this evening. I am so tired and must be up with the lark as a guest would like early breakfast and is leaving tomorrow. That means that with my friends I can have my own leisurely breakfast. Agnes went to Zurich to visit family overnight.

We were in St Moritz, Sils Maria and Guarda today. Two long journeys – one over the Juler Pass and back over the Flüela Pass where the lake is still frozen over and there’s snow in heaps!

Lake at St Moritz

Lakeside Walk at St Moritz

Nietzche's House in Sils Maria

Nietzche’s House in Sils Maria

Inquisitive  goat

Inquisitive Goat in Guarda in Engadine