With Sunday here, we have yet another day of sunshine today. I cannot believe that the temps reached high into the 50's yesterday!!
I couldn't have asked for more perfect weather for going into the city!
So, if I haven't mentioned it before, my house guest friend has the same name as me -- Elisa.
I mean what are the chances that I would find someone with the same unusual name with the same spelling!!
Well, we managed to find each other and this weekend has been super fun. My girls have had a blast hanging out and tonight, Elisa is going to cook a wonderful chicken and mashed potato dinner for us!!
Last night, we headed into the city, for a much-needed girls' night and dinner. What a fun night we had, eating Italian food at an adorable, intimate east side neighborhood restaurant, Sam's Place.
As you scroll down, you will see that there are no pictures of the dishes we ordered. Why? BECAUSE WE WERE ALL SO HUNGRY, WE DUG INTO THEM SO FAST!!
So, sorry for that. The good news is that the food was dee-lish, so I'm pretty darn sure I'll be heading back there.
Sam's Place (c) travelincousins.com
Next visit, I'll be sure to snap away first before digging in.
Haven you ever know me and Tanya to NOT be obsessed with good eats?
Moving right along...today is another day in St. Moritz for my dear cuz.
Of course, everything that Tanya is experiencing on her trip is centered around Winter activities, but St. Moritz also happens to be a year-round, warm weather destination.
ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND (credit: switzerlandtourism.com)
The summer is also a wonderful time to visit and enjoy all that St. Moritz has to offer.
Whereas the mountains offer great skiing in he Winter, they also provide the perfect setting for summertime picnicking as well as climbing, biking and waterspouts on the lake.
There's also climbing, riding, biking and a host of watersports on the lake. Summer events include windsurfing and kitesurfing regattas, golf tournaments, music festivals and the British Classic Car Meeting, as well as few iconic sights!
Here are a few places in the area for Summer fun:
1. Plz Corvatsch
Piz Corvatsch (credit: Andreas/Flickr)
At 3,300 meters up, Piz Corvatsch is one of the highest points in the area. In the winter, it is a haven for skiers, with a magnificent eight-kilometer run to St. Moritz-Bad below, however, in the summer, its' a great spot for hiking.
2. Piz Nair
Plz Nair (credit: foto swiss)
For a great ski in the winter and a great hike in the summer with stunning views,
Piz Nair is a fantastic location for hiking in the summer with breathtaking views. It also happens to be the mountain that hosted the alpine skiing during the Winter Olympics in 1948.
3. The Leaning Tower
The Leaning Tower of St. Moritz (credit: Marmota Engineering AG)
Did you know that Italy isn't the only place with a Leaning Tower!
This Leaning Tower dates back to the 12th century, and stands 33-meter-high. It also happens to be one of the main symbols of St Moritz.
The tower is all that remains of the St Mauritius Church that was demolished over 100 years ago. Its incline of 5.5 degrees is more than that of the Leaning Tower of Pisa and is vying for the title of ‘most inclined tower in Europe’. Since the ground on which it sits is not stable, it has to be straightened up slightly every few years.
4. St. Moritz Lake
Hard to imagine that such a skiing mecca in the winter, could be home to a lovely lake and stunning summer destination.
Located roughly two kilometers from St. Moritz Dorf on the east side of the lake, are hotels with restaurants and cafés, and a path that follows the entire lake shore for walking. The area also contains forest paths to Celerina and the quiet alpine village of Pontresina.
Looks like something out of a storybook, doesn't it?
So, I'm going to be on my way.
Be back tomorrow for the start of a new week!!
Tanya's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND
Fun in the Sun at the FIS
Greetings once again from Sankt Moritz!
Can you believe that it's already been 2 weeks?!
Time sure does fly when you are having fun! We are about to head out to the FIS once again, and I'm sure it will be a very full day, as after the FIS we are planning to go to the White Turf (more on this tomorrow).
For now let's focus on yesterday and all the went down.
It was a fantastic day here in Sankt Moritz - weather wise it was suppose to be one of the coldest days out here on this little holiday of ours. However once we were all bundled up walking around like astronauts and up at the event site, the sun was shining and boy were we warm! UGH It wasn't until the sun went down or we were standing in the shade did we feel the temperatures that we were expecting...and in fact after a while even though we were all bundled up - we were still getting cold. Frozen toes and all!
So back to how the day went - we wandered about around the Sankt Moritz Dorf, taking in the sites and snap snap snapping away at all of the FIS decoration. It was so festive and I love when things are festive!
After taking a gander and getting information from the very helpful tourist center, we took a shuttle up to Salastrains, where the event village and plenty of fun was going on.
Once we had arrived we entered the site and it was one big Euro party - a super fun party - dancing, singing, costumes, a conga line and much more. We jumped right in and really got into it.
Soon enough though, it was time to head over to the area of which we had tickets for - it was first come first serve and standing room only. When I compare my seats at the FIS in Vail to this - it really sucked. Actually even if I didn't make any comparison this entire viewing area SUCKED.
None of us were happy. We were in the sun burning up - which didn't make a lick of sense. And we were slipping on the ice that would develop under our boots. We couldn't see all that well, and it costed 55CHF per person for this suckiness!
But we were in a very festive mood, the music was playing and with each skier that raced down the track we cheered them on with the best of them.
Eventually it was Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA who was taking home the GOLD and winning her third straight Slalom World Title! And just so you know - I was there for her 2nd - at the 2015 FIS in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
In winning gold for the third time in a row Mikaela became the first woman in 78 years to do so. Totally exciting!
After the competition was over we had headed back down to the village, stopped for our daily Bretzels, shopped, and went to the concert and festivities that were at a local park and where the champions would parade into.
All in all, another grand day - just excellent! Time for us to go catch some more Sankt Moritz fun in winter sun! -T