Vals, Switzerland

Our team went to Zurich for business last week and decided to stop in Vals before returning home. A small town that lays snuggly within the Alps that has thermal baths and makes a classically recognizable water called “Valserwasser”.

The history of Vals is impressive with archeological finds from the Bronze Age around the thermal baths as well as Iron Age items on the slopes. It has been many years since I was last in this quaint village, but our team has sent back fabulous photos of the surrounding countryside.

Additional reads:

  1. 7132 Therme
    The ultimate in relaxation and spa treatments.
  2. National Geographic Traveler: Vals: Secret Slopes
    This is a most accurate article describing the quiet luxury of Vals



Record-breaking cold has blasted not only the mid-west, but a good portion of the country over the last week with temps falling 50-60 degrees below zero. Plus add a gusty wind and the air now feels like negative 60-70 degrees. Here in the mid-Atlantic we’ve been exposed to temperatures in the single digits to which my oldest brother who lives in Chicago stated this was considered heat wave.

The polar vortex and global warming are definitely issues for us to think about, and topics I must research to understand fully.

My dearest friend Quy bundled up against the cold at the Mosaic Center in Falls Church, and a photo of the frozen trees in our yard at Heath.

Veggie soup with a fabulous homemade beef broth was made to keep the family warm. I combined broth, tomatoes, red beans, onions, celery, carrots, garlic, red cabbage with thyme, oregano, rosemary, and peppercorns. All ingredients were placed in pot to be slow cooked for the day.

Further reading:
National Weather Service
The science behind the polar vortex

Stay warm and comfortable,