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Published: September 27th 2018
Yesterday was a travel day to the Glarus region from the Berner Oberland. We took the scenic route to Lucern via Meirengen to avoid trains full of tourists going to Bern or Zurich. It was a wise decision and we had the most perfect Swiss scenery along the lake of Brienz, up over the Hasliberg Pass, past lakes Lungern and Sarnen and through to Lucern. The lakes were beautifully aqua and towns along the way basked in sunlight and clear blue skies. It was chocolate box scenery.
From Lucern we took a train via a high broad plateau in parts and onto Pfaffikon on the lake of Lucern where we changed trains to take us up the Glarus valley to Haetzingen just beyond Glarus town. The further up the valley you go, the broader the valley becomes with soaring rocky towers topped by glaciers. Irvy met us at the station and it was so nice to see a family person and Kiwi voice again.
We were early enough to have a slow walk with Sophia toddling along through the meadows and back again and a catchup with Marc. What a truly superb day through an amazingly beautiful country.
So to today. It was another perfect day with the mountains standing out in blue skies again. We decided that a trip up to a plateau above Linthal not far up the valley was in order so we packed a lunch and headed off to the funicular at Linthal. It was great to see a funicular in use again instead of being replaced by cable cars. It was steep ride up the cliff face to a plateau high above the valley. It is carless, in a lovely sunny position and with chalets dotted all across the face and on up to the high alps which can be reached by more cable ways. We may return if we have time to do a hike up higher. While Irvy and Sophia occupied themselves around a family hotel we walked up up a bit higher on a loop track. This area seems to be frequented by Swiss or European people in the know as there were no tourists at all but it is every bit as attractive as other places we know. It's probably just not as accessible. Traffic on the streets seemed to be working men on side by side vehicles (like
our Gator), tractors, the odd electric taxi and horses and carraiges.
On returning to the valley, Irvy drove us up another valley at the foot of the Klausen Pass which ends up against the Alps. It is all farmed with large barns and houses. It must be incredibly cold in the winter as I doubt that too much sun got to that location. At this time though, it was sunny, calm, green and bucolic. When we are in this countryside, we know that this is what we come to Switzerland for. Even if we tried, we would never get into this type of terrain at home or to see such picturesque farms. I'm sure Marc and Irvy are going to love living in this valley with what it has to offer for them and their family into the future.
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