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Egypt Oct 2019

Egypt Oct 2019

We had to get up at 2.15 a.m. in order to reach our flight from Zurich to Hurghada, which led to Matthias transforming into the rare species of “Neinhorn” (see picture below):  We had a lovely experience at the Zurich airport – just breezing through 

Hochmaderer 2019

Hochmaderer 2019

we went early summer – still lots of snow because the weather had been so bad. Oh, the sunburn that I got on these snow fields! Was a great day though – and we made it safely to the top despite the conditions.

our Norwegian Forest cats

our Norwegian Forest cats

here are a few picuteres of our 4 cats – trust me I have thousands of pictures (I honestly don’t think this is exaggereated)

Bruschghorn (Switzerland) Oct 2017

Bruschghorn (Switzerland) Oct 2017

So this must have been one of the most amazing experiences I ever had while hiking. Matthias had been in the area (Beverin Natural Reserve) before, and had told me about all the animals he had seen on the way up, among them lots of 

faux fur coat black

faux fur coat black

I wanted a warm coat for winter, but with the fake fur inside to make it less pretentious. Outer fabric is wool with a hint of cashmere (Anita Pavani, again), lining made of Black Softee faux fur from fauxthrow.com (in the UK). Cut adapted from 

Matthias black Loden coat

Matthias black Loden coat

I think I deserve a medal for being so damn housewively – I made my husband a coat! Outer material heavy black Loden fabric, lining black viscose fabric (both from Anita Pavani – I’m nothing if not consistent with my shopping habits).

a couple of dresses

a couple of dresses

As you can see, I do sometimes (ok rarely) sew something other than coats. Mostly dresses because I refuse to sew stuff that I can buy for a few Euros at H&M (honestly, just not worth the effort). I will only resort to sewing if 

Loden coat

Loden coat

Made from heavy Loden fabric from Anita Pavani; cut adjusted from original princess coat pattern (see Alpaka coat).

faux fur coat grey

faux fur coat grey

made from grey faux fur and black lining, also has a removable hoodie (not pictured), no zipper (unlike the black faux fur coat) but little, hidden hooks to close it.

Alpaka coat

Alpaka coat

coat made from black Alpaka wool, princess cut (adapted from original Burda pattern)

burgunder cashmere coat

burgunder cashmere coat

The second coat I made (still double breasted – sigh); outer material made of wool (very special wool from Anita Pavani – I think that may be where the addiction started), lining black viscose. Adapted from a Burda pattern (long wool coat).

grey walk coat

grey walk coat

One of the first coats I made (hold on, it’s the first); outer material walk (wool), lining some kind of dark blue/silver viscose blend, and has buttons (obviously). I only found out after I made two coats like this (yeah, I’m not usually this slow), 

Corse Aug 2019

Corse Aug 2019

Last August, we flew to Corsica for a couple of days. Our plane was one of the DA40s at Altenrhein. Originally, the goal was to fly to Corsica’s Figari du Sud airport, but they were out of parking space for airplanes. So, we decided to 

Dijon June 2019

Dijon June 2019

Above a thick cloud cover, we flew into Dole airport, which is situated close to Tavaux. Unfortunately the rental car we booked (ok somebody thought he had booked it but the confirmation never came) wasn’t available so we got around by taxi (don’t do, quite 

Hungary April 2019

Hungary April 2019

Plane: DA40, Airport of departure: Altenrhein LSZR, Airport of destination: Györ LHPR, flight rules: IFR. We had a lovely time visiting my mother at Balaton lake. The area is so beautiful and she’s a fantastic cook (so we were basically spoilt rotten)! We also made 

Salzburg March 2019

Salzburg March 2019

Plane: DA40, Airport of departure: Altenrhein LSZR, Airport of destination: Salzburg LOWS, flight rules: IFR

Nancy Aug 2018

Nancy Aug 2018

flight to Nancy in IMC (instrument meteorological conditions), meaning you only see the water moving over your cockpit window and lots of gray stuff otherwise known as clouds. Also strong winds on landing. The city is very beautiful with a rather southern flair despite its 

Colmar Aug 2018

Colmar Aug 2018

overnight trip with Clare including a visit to a butterfly farm 🙂 Plane: Cessna 172 (DEPME), Airport of departure: Hohenems LOIH, Airport of destination: Colmar LFGA, flight rules: IFR (Z-flightplan)

Night Flights 2018

Night Flights 2018

Here are a few pictures of our night VFR flights (rating Feb 2018). To read more about getting the night VFR rating please see instrument rating.

Strasbourg Apr 2018

Strasbourg Apr 2018

Strasbourg two-day trip with Jing and Clare 🙂 Plane: Piper Archer 28 (DERSS), Airport of departure: Hohenems LOIH, Airport of destination: Strasbourg LFST, flight rules: VFR

Portoroz, Slovenia Aug 2017

Portoroz, Slovenia Aug 2017

Plane: Cessna 172 (DEPME), Airport of departure: Hohenems LOIH, Airport of destination: Portoroz LJPZ, flight rules: VFR

Elba and Bastia May 17

Elba and Bastia May 17

3 nights on Elba Plane: PA28, Airport of departure: Hohenems LOH, Airport of destination: Elba LIRJ, flight rules: VFR

Venice Apr 2017

Venice Apr 2017

Plane: Piper Archer DERSS, Airport of departure: Hohenems, Airport of destination: Lido

Linz Apr 2017

Linz Apr 2017

Visiting my parents 🙂 Plane: PA28, Airport of departure: Hohenems LOIH, Airport of destination: Linz LOWL, flight rules: VFR

Instrument Rating

Instrument Rating

Once you get your private pilot license (PPL) only one obstacle seems to get continually in the way – clouds. Why you ask? Well, with a PPL you are only allowed to fly in visual conditions. That is, you basically need to see where you 

Private pilot license

Private pilot license

So, this story starts in the early spring of 2016 with my husband, who obviously had too much time on his hands. He was busy researching the cost of flight simulator seats for his home computer when it dawned on him that a pilot license 

Humpbacks – DomRep Jan/Feb 2015

Humpbacks – DomRep Jan/Feb 2015

Before getting married in May 2014 we decided we wanted to experience something special for our honeymoon. Humpback whales. We thus delayed our honeymoon until the end of January to coincide with the Humpback mating season at the Silver Banks, approximately 100km north of the