The journey is part of the holiday – always. I’ve just returned from a week’s skiing in Zermatt, Switzerland and this year, for the first time, I decided to set the computer aside and not post anything, or read anything while I was there. My apologies to all of you who I normally keep in contact with.
Back home (suffering miserably from a chest infection – an unwelcome gift from a fellow skier) I am now catching up with a series of daily posts, and today there are five images from the long ten-hour journey there and back that we endure each year: Car, bus, flight, train, train, taxi.
On to Geneva Airport. If you ever pass through this airport and catch a train from the underground railway terminus do not forget to look up. I have been photographing this ceiling above the shopping arcade every time we pass through for the last six or seven years and I still find something new to shoot.It may be simply a series of abstract colours, or it may be a couple of fellow travellers.The train from Geneva to Zermatt skirts Lac Leman (passing through Lausanne and Montreux) and then on up the Rhone valley to Visp before the final train up to Zermatt. This three-hour railway journey passes through prime wine-growing areas on either side of the valley. For much of the year there is nothing very remarkable about them. But snow transforms the landscape. In winter the vines are cut back to bare stalks and these contrast so prominently with the white ground. Regimented geometric lines make the pictures. I sit with the lens of the camera in direct contact with the window-glass, eliminating the reflections that otherwise would ruin the shots.For more travel images of Geneva Airport and other journeys click on the ‘En Route’ category in the Rt sidebar.