It's Better to Travel than Arrive?

"To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive"

Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque, 1881.

"Robert Louis Stevenson speaks utter tosh and has

obviously never flown long haul economy class"

Kristy, first ever blog post, 2011.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Davos, Switzerland

Apologies for the delay on my promised Davos post, but I've been laid low for a while with a nasty bug, and am only now feeling like getting back on the blog.

Anyway, we had a fantastic time in Davos, the home of the World Economic Forum, the weekend before last.  It's under 3 hours driving from our home in Germany, and whilst we drove there in the dark, we drove home during the day and it was a really pretty and fairly straight-forward drive.  Davos is nestled in the next valley along from the Royal Family hangout, Klosters, in the Swiss Alps and it's just lovely.  Easy to get around (as long as you understand the one way street system which isn't terribly well marked) and loads and loads of hiking, jogging and horse riding trails everywhere.  I'm sure it really kicks into gear in a month or so for ski season.

We had pre-booked dog-friendly accommodation at the Sheraton Waldhuus so that we could bring Archie with us.  We had never travelled with him for an overnight stay and we wanted to give it a try.  He's been crate trained from when he was a pup, so we put the crate in the boot, put his travel harness on, clipped him into the seatbelt attachment on the back seat and set off.  He was great on the drive (he's always been very laid back on car trips) and the hotel had put us in a large ground floor room with direct access to the forest outside our door - perfect for dogs!

I could go on and on about the Sheraton Waldhuus, but I've already done that on a TripAdvisor review of the Sheraton which you can find here, and you can find the official website of the hotel here.

We'd made a reservation for dinner on our first night at Hanggi's which had been really well reviewed on TripAdvisor.  It was a 10 minute walk down the side of the golf course from the hotel, easy peasy.  Had a lovely meal and we were looked after by friendly staff.  Again, I've done a TripAdvisor review of the restaurant here, and you can find the official website of the restaurant here.

We love going out for breakfast on the weekends, and it's not really something that we can do here in Rado, so when we get the chance to do it in a new place, well, we just jump at it!  We'd found out about Kaffeeklatsch on TripAdvisor (you can see the TripAdvisor is a resource that we really love and use pretty much before we go anywhere new - it's never let us down yet) and headed along for a late breakfast on the first morning.

Kaffeeklatsch is gorgeous, all shabby chic with different old chairs and mismatched plates.  They did outstanding coffee with real fresh milk (a treat for us, as most coffee in Rado is made with that ghastly long life milk you can buy unrefrigerated off the shelf), freshly squeezed juices and lots of different cooked breakfasts.  We had bacon and eggs, and bacon and rosti - both scrumptious.  There are also lovely displays of cakes and the whole place is looked after by friendly staff.  It was so good that we went back again the next day.

Surprise!  I've submitted a review on TripAdvisor that you can see here, but they don't seem to have a webpage.  Oh, and they're dog friendly.  Archie was happy to sit under the table, smiling and wagging at everyone as they came through the door.

So, to cut a long weekend short, Davos is great.  We're so lucky to live close enough to be able to drive to these amazing places in countries that are on our doorstep!  I'll pop some photos of our weekend on the end here so you see what we got up to.

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