Chalet Zermatt Peak

Here in Arizona the temps have been holding steady in the 100 to 105 F range for days now. Which means I’m daydreaming of a day on the slopes, followed by an apres-ski soiree. Of course, stunning views of the Matterhorn wouldn’t hurt either.

I think a catered chalet at Chalet Zermatt Peak might do …

Its location? Dramatically situated overlooking Zermatt, the village at the foot of the Matterhorn, at the end of the Nikolaital Valley, on the Italian border of the Canton du Valais in the west of Switzerland.

Doesn’t it seem like the sort of picture-perfect place James Bond might run around?

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Tian Tan Buddha, Lantau Island, Hong Kong

While I was in Hong Kong with my family in March 2011, one of the several excursions we made was to see the Tian Tan Buddha (also known as the Big Buddha) on Lantau Island.

The figure is colossal. It’s bronze, 112 feet tall and can supposedly be seen from as far away as Macau. (I imagine that’s on days the pollution-induced haze isn’t as bad as usual?) It sits high on a hill near Po Lin Monastery, surrounded by temples and very green mountains. We rode a glass cable car into the mountains, and then climbed the 268 steps up the hill to the buddha.