Entries by Kate Bingisser

our iceland stopover // the golden circle

The second day of our Iceland stopover was reserved for our self-guided tour of the so-called “Golden Circle” route. Traditionally, this route is a one day trip, ca. 3-4 hours of driving, and covers at least three top stops: Þingvellir National Park (anglicized as Thingvellir), the geothermal fields and the Strokkur geyser in the Haukadalur […]

happy new year + mountain home dreaming

Hello, 2018! Let’s start off this Happy New Year with some big dreams . . . I’ve been dreaming about a weekend mountain home getaway for quite awhile now. It’s not surprising considering that I grew up in a small mountain town and some of my best childhood holiday memories revolve around winter ski weekends […]

wish-listed // 12.2017 {ultimate christmas}

Wow, just 10 days until Christmas. We’re here at home, happy for the weekend, and even happier that my parents have arrived for the holiday. We’re all recovering from colds so it’s nice to have some fresh energy available to play with Reese. It was also so cute to see her sheer joy and excitement […]

our iceland stopover // the blue lagoon

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a few months since our short Iceland stopover on the way home from Oregon in mid-September as those fun-filled few days are still fresh in my memory. Since it was one of the better itineraries to Portland, we took advantage of the Iceland Air flight to stop […]

freitag favorites + a little quiet time

Ah, finally the weekend. It’s rainy and cozy at home and thanks to holiday cheer already lighting up all around Zurich, I’m breaking out the Christmas music early this year. Only a few more weeks of a big work project and then I’ll really be in the holiday spirit. This weekend we’re just laying low […]

charming chamonix & l’aiguille du midi

A few weeks ago, when the fall colors really started turning and I was finally starting to recover from being sick, we spent the weekend in Chamonix, France. Martin and Reese picked me up from work and after a quick dinner stop we headed south. One of Martin’s acquaintances from the world of rugby was […]

on the trail // brienzer rothorn

Our last hike of the summer season was a trip up the Brienzer Rothorn, the highest peak in the Emmental Alps, and with panoramic views in all directions. The trip up the mountain was via a red panoramic steam train which has been operating since 1892 from the shores of Lake Brienz to the summit […]

wish-listed // 10.2017 {fall faves}

Here we are halfway into October and already deep into fall colors, and it’s definitely having an impact on the items I’m loving this month. Fall colors and jewel tones, firelight, and cozy suppers. And I’m almost counting down to the holidays already.  I’m deep in the midst of transitioning my drawers from t-shirts to […]

on the trail // hoher kasten geology trail

In late August we took our longest hike of the year in Appenzell from Hoher Kasten to Brülisau on the geological panoramic Alpstein trail. Approximately 11 miles long, the hike begins with a cable car ride and panoramic views over the Rhine Valley and Appenzellerland, including views into Germany, Austria, and Liechtenstein. Along the way, […]

fall update & portland, finally

Hello, are you there? Happy Saturday, and yay weekend!! Apologies for my long absence. If you’ve been following along on Instagram you know that summer’s end came quickly and we were so busy enjoying every moment in the US with our friends and family that I missed catching you up here. It was a glorious […]