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Eagle 46




Europe » Switzerland » North-West July 31st 2019

Today was the last day of our tour. We awoke to cloudy skies but we were looking forward to the journey to the top of Mt. Pilatus via the world's steepest cog railway. The clouds and fog limited visibility but glimpses of the surroundings were possible. The mountain is still used for herding and cows were found along side of the railway. Their bells could be heard as they grazed the land. Legend has it that a dragon living on the mountain had healing powers. As Mt. Pilatus means cloudy mountain, it lived up to its name, encased in clouds allowing for no view to the scenes below. As we descended from the mountain via tramway the lake and its surrounding area became visible. After returning to Lucerne, we walked the streets souvenir shopping and taking ... read more
View of Lake Lucerne
Another view of the lake
Rugged terrain

Europe » Switzerland » North-West » Lucerne July 30th 2019

Our first stop of the morning was to pick up Hector, our local tour guide for the city of Berne. He was very knowledgeable and had quite a sense of humor. Berne was named when a bear was the first prey found after a hunt in the woods. Thus Hector was ready with the "bear" puns. We stopped at the Rose Garden for a wonderful overlook view of the city of Berne including the first area of houses surrounding the church. In the distance the cathedral of Berne rose above the city. From here we made our way to the old city center. Leaving the bus we walked to the Astronomical Clock which tells not only time, but date, moon phase, calendar, day of the week, among other information. A crowing rooster announces the approaching hour, ... read more
The original area settled in Berne
Overlooking Berne
Statue

Europe » Switzerland » North-West » Berne July 29th 2019

Since we were not able to visit the Glacier Palace yesterday due to weather, we postponed leaving Zermatt and boarded the trams to make our way to the top of Klein Matterhorn. The weather in Zermatt was still gray and foggy but as we rose higher up the mountain the clouds we departing and a vivid blue sky awaited up at the top. The top of Klein Matterhorn is glacier covered thus the snow still remains and we were joined by fellow travelers carrying skis and ski poles. The Matterhorn appeared in the window of the tram and below was the Klein Matterhorn Glacier. At the first stop to change trams, we stopped for a brief time to acclimate ourselves to the higher altitude before ascending even higher. At our next stop we climbed some steps ... read more
Alps Panorama
House in the Mountains
Mountain Sheep

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt July 28th 2019

Unfortunately this morning we awoke to rain. Seeing the rain falling, I turned off the alarm and went back to bed. We actually had a morning to sleep in a bit, but our trip to Klein Matterhorn had to be postponed with hopes of doing the trip tomorrow. Instead we had a free day until our dinner with the group. After breakfast we relaxed in our room until the rain slowed down some. We finally ventured out walking back to the train station for Fred to buy a hat and then heading out toward the river. We walked along the river seeing some of the old houses of Zermatt. The road along the river eventually joined the main road to take us back to the hotel. On the way we stopped at the cemetery finding memorials ... read more
Beautiful Swiss Home
Crucifix in Zermatt
Edelweiss

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt July 27th 2019

When we awoke this morning the fog was lifting and the sun was starting to shine through. So after breakfast we returned to the lake for a few quick pictures before continuing on our journey. Today was another travel day, traveling to Zermatt, but only part of the trip was by bus. For six hours we enjoyed the ride on the well known Glacier Express. A fun way to celebrate our 51st wedding anniversary. The Glacier Express was anything but a express. We had lunch on the train consisting of rice, carrots and a goulash type dish with apple pie for dessert. We slowly made our way up and over the mountain into the town of Zermatt which allows no gas powered vehicles. Only pedestrians, bike, and electric cars are allowed on the streets. My first ... read more
Duck - St. Moritz
St. Moritz Church
Lake along the road

Europe » Switzerland » South-East » St Moritz July 26th 2019

Today was a travel day. We were up and out early as we had to drive to St. Moritz, Switzerland. We left in warmth and sunshine making our way to our first stop, Innsbruck, Austria. It was a brief stop just long enough to visit the House with the Golden Roof, spend some money at Swarovski Crystals, and pick up some lunch to eat at a later stop. Most of my photography was through the window of the bus at the scenery that we passed by. I was able to get a few shots in Innsbruck. On our way to St. Moritz we were scheduled to take a carriage ride from Pontresina into the Roseg Valley. Unfortunately shortly before we arrived at Pontresina storms developed and the ride had to be cancelled. We got into St. ... read more
Castle on a rock
Castle Ruins
Church on a hill

Europe » Austria » Salzburg » Salzburg July 25th 2019

Our second day is Salzburg started out with us leaving Salzburg and traveling to Germany to the Berchtesgaden region for a visit to Hitler's Eagle's Nest. It was a beautiful sunny day to journey into the Bavarian Alps and climb to a mountain top. On the way we passed several locations where parts of the Sound of Music were filmed, including the bridge the children danced across singing and the home where the outside scenes. In the photo you can see the wall alongside which Maria sang the song "I Have Confidence In Me." Upon reaching Eagle's Nest we walked through a tunnel to reach the elevator to the top. After a few minutes for our guide to talk about the building we had time to explore the mountain on which Eagle's Nest is perched. A ... read more
Looking toward the Alps
Alpine scene along the road
Another view

Europe » Austria » Salzburg July 24th 2019

Today was a travel day as we boarded our bus to head west to Salzburg. We started out traveling to Krems to board a riverboat to travel along part of the Danube River. We passed grape vineyards in Wachau Valley and passed the town of Durnstein where high on the hill is Durnstein Castle the place where Richard the Lionhearted was held captive. We disembarked at Weissenkirchen joining our bus driver once again to continue our journey. Just outside of Salzburg we stopped at Mondsee to visit the church where the wedding scene in the Sound of Music was filmed. The interior of St. Michael's Church is quite beautiful. We also got to see the beautiful Lake Mondsee. After arriving at Salzburg, we got settled in our room and then proceeded on a walking tour of ... read more
Along the Danube
Durnstein
Church in Durnstein

Europe » Austria » Vienna July 23rd 2019

After finally getting to sleep following a full day of travel, it was up and out early to begin our tour of Vienna. We were on the bus by 7:40 am and at Schonbrunn Palace by 8 am. Great timing by our tour director had us entering the palace in the cool of the morning, making us the first group walking through. No crowds and no heat. After our tour guide gave us a thorough history of Maria Theresa who lived in the palace bearing 16 children while ruling Austria, we had a brief time to visit the gardens behind the palace. After leaving the Schonbrunn, we drove through Vienna passing many local landmarks and seeing how the residents live. Most residents live in apartment buildings some of which are ornate. We also passed government buildings, ... read more
Along the street 2
Along the street 3
Decorative Apartment Buildings

Europe » Austria » Vienna July 22nd 2019

We left Charlotte on Sunday July 21st to journey to Vienna, Austria to start a 10 day tour of Austria and Switzerland. The three flights to arrive at our final destination were relatively smooth and each flight arrived early. Leaving Charlotte at 3 p.m. we landed in Vienna at 1:25 p.m. on Monday, July 22. We are traveling with Globus Tours and expected to wait until 3:30 for our pick-up, but to our delight our tour director was at the airport and we were soon on our way to our hotel. After checking into our hotel we grabbed our cameras and headed out to the Botanical Gardens and the Belvedere built as the summer residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy. The grounds are decorated with many Baroque statues, gardens, fountains and waterfalls. After exploring the area, ... read more
Our view of England
Botanical Garden Sign
Cactus Garden




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