No, no, not the Black Sea, the Black Lake! The Schwarzsee is about an hour’s drive south of Bern and today was my first visit there. Very pretty, still some snow up high and a crazy dragon.
We followed the Witches Walk (Häxewääg) around the lake for about 90 minutes, stopping to take lots of photos. Unfortunately most of the ones with the snow-capped mountains were taken into the sun, so they didn’t turn out so well on my phone, sorry.
But it was wonderful to be outdoors after binge-watching “The Killing” for too many hours yesterday. We only binge-watched the start of season four for a few hours tonight. 🙂 Enough to make me forget I hadn’t written the blog today!
Here’s a little tour of the Schwarzsee:
This strange horse carving greeted us at the start (the carpark)
Most of the photos are dark from shooting towards the sun. Sorry!
Looking back to the little village
A little boardwalk for jumping off in summer, perhaps?
Looking to the other side of the lake
People enjoying the intermittent sunshine. Apparently it’s packed here in summer
Leo sitting on the boardwalk
Follow that witch! The Witches Way signs guided us around the lake
A steep hillside with lots of yellow blooms
Looking down from the Thankful Grotto
The grotto was built by a family as a thank you for sparing some of their children from asthma complications
It’s like an amphitheatre
Leo reading the story about the family
The Witches Way went down, not up
Around the lake
This tree and others had so much moss growing on it. Hard to see in this poor quality pic!
Alpine water flows into the lake
Tables and chairs beside the creek
Water flowing down
This hut is open in summer as part of an exhibition for children
Love a green field
More moss taking over
There were a lot of these in the damp soil
Looking back to where we started
Was nice walking so close to the lake’s edge
We came around the corner to be greeted by a dragon!
Explanations about the dragon
A different angle
A playground near the dragon
The sun started to peek through
Always nice to see snow-capped mountains
A camp ground is on this side of the lake
Love the long cabin
The Swiss love a good signpost!
Across another creek
Birch trees cut down – Leo is allergic to them!
There were a few houses on this side of the lake too. Loved this gnome house
Leaving the ‘residential area’ and back to the water’s edge
This one would be quiet and lovely
Love the contrast of the colours
Some lakes are amazing blue/green but this one was more green
Almost at the carpark now
One last shot before stopping for a sparkling apple juice and driving home
Physically Fit: 90-minute walk around the Schwarzsee
Mentally Fit: Being outdoors; planning our next holiday; watching more of “The Killing”(!)
Nutritionally Fit: Coconut water & fresh fruit smoothie; steak and three veg!
Minimalism: Making a mushroom, shallot and bacon steak sauce off the top of my head, from scratch, no recipe required. Not really a great minimalism example, but something I’m proud of!