In terms of pure, heart-stopping beauty, I would argue that Switzerland is right up near the top of the list. Chocolate-box perfect, snow capped jagged mountains frame brilliant blue lakes, the peace and quiet on rolling green hills is only broken by gushing streams and the occasional mooing of cows, and everywhere bright colours dazzle and amaze. The country is a hiker's paradise, drawing people from all backgrounds and walks of life.
One day I found myself hiking to a secluded lake tucked between mountains. The sun was hot, and the path seemed to stretch up indefinitely. As I slowed my pace, I heard determined yet gentle footsteps close behind me, and turned to see two nuns, fully dressed in the garb of their vocation, both in their 80's, marching up the path with only wooden walking sticks for support. I marvelled at their fitness as they greeted me with a smile, and decided against my original plan to take a break for a while.
After spending time at the lake, I was on my way back, glancing back around for one last photo, when I realised that the two ladies were there once again. I love this photo of them making their way back onto the path, the cool crystal clear lake in the background - a humbling thought when I'm hiking and start becoming lazy...
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Monday photo - 26th March