Bettmeralp – The Better Alp

We’ve arrived at our Holiday destination, Bettmeralp. Their slogan is aptly chosen: The Better Alp. We’re staying at a brand new apartment which we share it with long time friends. In the adjacent apartment another long time friend couple is staying. The photo shows the view from our south-east facing balconies.

I’ve brought my new Eee Asus Netbook to keep my readers informed and have already teased some twitter followers that I’m blogging in luxury and have started training sipping some beer for the anticipated UK – NL beer contest in Berlin half March during a travel blogger get together at ITB Berlin..

The Dutch and 2008 EK Football (Soccer) (3): The Basel Ad

With Spain we have a worthy European Football Champion now that it defeated Germany with 1-0.

The Dutch and 2008 EK Football (Soccer) (3): The Basel

In Basel the Dutch team lost from the Russians under a Dutch coach.

Yesterday The Swiss City of Basel thanked the Dutch Football fans in an ad of a whole page in a Dutch Newspaper for the good time they had in Basel and asks to send photos and stories to their Basel 2008 Football site under the Tag: “Basel, more than 90 minutes”. Those who do can win a stay in Basel in a 5 star hotel.

Now this is an exemplary way of marketing a city!

Update July 2, 2008:
And here is a link to a promotional video of the city of Basel which shows many weeping woman who would like to see the football fans back under the tag: “We would like to see you back! Discover the Swiss + (Plus)”. Alluding to the cross in the Swiss flag.

Dutch Design (25): The Dutch and 2008 EK Football (1): The T Shirt

Aanvallah (source Arab_Lab Loves Aanvallah)

According to Tjebbe, who initiated this media project to get Muslims united with the Dutch soccer team, and Dutch people with their neighbors, this will be the T-Shirt of choice for the Dutch Football Fans who will visit the 2008 EK Football (European Soccer Championship) that starts today in Switzerland and Austria.

The statement in it is that the usual war cry from the Dutch Football (or soccer for our American friends) is “Aanvallen” or more vernacular “Aanvalluh”. Tjebbe made the connection with Allah.

Lacking participating football teams from the UK, the Dutch have convinced the UK football fans to endorse the Dutch Team as the team to yell for according to a Guardian Poll. So they will have an orange lion on their shirts.

We will wait and see. It will be a hot summer.

Quote of the Day (3): Heaven and Hell

Heaven Is...
Hilarious Quote on T-Shirt

Heaven is where the police are British, the chefs are Italian, the Mechanics German, the lovers French and it is all organized by the Swiss.

Hell is where the police are German, the chefs British, the mechanics French, the lovers Swiss and it is all organized by the Italians.

Unfortunately for the creator I forgot where I found this.

Back from under the Rocks

Well not really under, but more on the rocks with a lot of snow:
We spent our annual holiday on the slopes of the Swiss Alps. Skiing away with nice fresh snow and gorgeous weather. I must admit I was on the verge of posting here. However, I chose to have some more quality time with the family. I even played some chess and started to remember some long forgotten openings and off course due to this rustiness lost a couple of games. I learned in the meantime of the sad early death of former World Champion Bobby Fisher who was a colorful chess player in his heydays.

The slopes were located in the vicinity of this old villa.


It has an interesting history. Was built in the beginning of last century. Served as hotel for over 45 years, but has now another destination after an extensive renovation in the seventies.

I dare my readers to guess what the name of the villa is. Next week year more.

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