Vacation Evenings | Raleigh Travel Photographer

Jacob and I traveled to Switzerland (with a two night stay in the Lake Como area of Italy) for our 15 year anniversary this year. We visited several cities, using hostels, Airbnb, and a few hotels and saw beautiful sights, ate amazing food, and walked so much my Fitbit nearly exploded. We had enough frequent flyer miles for us both to have our flights covered, which was awesome. Seriously, if you aren’t getting frequent flyer miles with your credit card purchases…why not??

We packed light for this trip. Each of us had one carry on bag and an average size backpack for a two week trip. That was it. Considering the amount of walking we did and the fact that we didn’t rent a car and only used public transit, I was glad we packed light; however, it did mean I didn’t have space for a tripod or for my regular camera bag. And that means…I got lazy about bringing my camera with me when we were out and about because I would have to bring the whole heavy backpack every time.  I clearly need to rethink this next time we take a trip, although this was supposed to be a vacation for the two of us and not a photo expedition for myself. To make a long story only slightly shorter, I mostly took pictures on my phone on this adventure. Below are some exceptions. And, yes, I did take my camera with me a couple of times during the day, too 🙂

This is the night view of the city and the lake from our Airbnb in Locarno, Switzerland. The views during the day weren’t bad, either 😉 We took a day trip to Valle Verzasca during our stay in Locarno and I can’t recommend it enough to anyone traveling in the area. We went canyoning (for the first time) there, too. Incidentally, Jacob was born for that kind of thing. I…was not. But it was so much fun!

We stayed in Sala Comacina in the Lake Como area of Italy. These were taken from the balcony of our Airbnb, which was another great find and had a gorgeous view of the lake.

The next few photos were taken in the village of Gruyeres, Switzerland on a clear night. Our hotel had a window, but you had to crawl onto a table to look outside. It’s rare to find A/C in European hotels, so they all have working windows (although they don’t have screens, so watch out for mosquitos). Anyway, I had to crawl onto the table (quietly since Jacob was sleeping) and hang out the window to take these…with no tripod, just bracing the camera as best I could against a rail and holding my breath to minimize camera shake during the long exposures. I’m not saying it’s the best way to live your life, but it’s what I had to do in these circumstances. By the way, if you want to try the best quiche you’ll ever have in your life, go to Le Chalet de Gruyeres, which is where we had lunch the next day. I’ve thought about it most days since.

This one was taken from our balcony on a cloudy night in Grindelwald, Switzerland. You can just see the stars scattered behind the mountains and the clouds. We were supposed to do an all day hike in Grindelwald the next day, but got completely rained out on our only opportunity. We ended up relaxing in our Airbnb, watching the torrential rain from the balcony, painting, drinking wine, catching up on some shows online. I’m sure the hike would have been fantastic, but having a relaxing day was pretty nice, too.

If you’re traveling to Switzerland and would like any details from our trip, feel free to get in touch!