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Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lauterbrunnen December 7th 2014

We had planned an all day trip to the Lauterbrunnen Valley and since the weather looked reasonably okay we set off early for the 3 hour trip. We wanted to show Irvy and Marc the valley as it's a great place to take any visitors for a day trip to a stunningly beautiful valley. We arrived to a dusting of snow on the trees above the valley with the clouds coming and going giving us glimpses of the high alps of the Eiger/Monch/Jungfrau and the Schilthorn above the valley. It seemed that if we were going to walk at all today it was going to up the valley floor rather than up higher at Murren level. We had a picnic lunch below the Lauterbrunnen Falls which we very whispy which was unusual. Usually they flow freely. ... read more
Hot chocolate in the Murren Station Tavern
A snow coated tree
Snow covered streets in Murren

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lauterbrunnen September 29th 2014

In Switzerland, there are a few main languages: German (which is the most prominent language) , French, and in some parts, Spanish and Italian. Wilkomme to my thoughts on Switzerland- one of my favourite places that I went to in Europe. Actually I pretty much loved everywhere, but that's beside the point. Wilkomme is Swiss German for Welcome. Thank you can be said in a number of ways: Merci, Merci Vielmal, and Dangge. Please is the same as it was in Germany and in Austria: Bitte. Ok language lesson is done for the day. On the way to Switzerland we made a stop at the Swarovski Crystal Palace and Museum- very pretty shiny things inside :) And we saw how outrageous and spectacular the pieces are. I fell in love with a necklace, but sadly it ... read more
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Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lauterbrunnen July 18th 2014

This Swiss Miss... ....lost a little bit of her heart in Switzerland. Sometimes in life we experience moments that take our breath away, and sometimes we are fortunate enough to have several of those moments in our life time, I've experience exactly this while visiting Switzerland. When we were planning this trip, I was quietly excited to be visiting Switzerland for the first time. Like all of you I have seen pictures and postcards and most probably scenes from movies and wondered if that spectacular scenery could be real! Let me tell you it's so real I've actually touched it. I've been thinking how to describe the natural beauty of this country to you....the word most often used was 'WOW!'.... Said with such awe, and mouths agape. The grass is the greenest I've ever seen, such ... read more
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Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lauterbrunnen August 1st 2013

Wow, what a day. We came here because this was one of the places I liked the best when we came to Europe when I was young and I wanted to bring the children here. It didn't disappoint. After breakfast in the large guesthouse dining room, where the girls enjoyed two types of Swiss hot chocolate, we set out for Lauterbrunnen. There were snow-capped mountains all around and a full and fast moving stream right beside the road. At Lauterbrunnen we parked in the parking station with no indication of what the price would be and headed for the station. We failed to work out the automatic ticket machine so went into the office and $800 later we had 6 return tickets to the top of Europe. It was a beautiful sunny day and the train ... read more
More Swiss Alps
On the train through the mountain
At the Top of Europe

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lauterbrunnen July 28th 2013

Mountain bikes, slightly overcast conditions, best friend as companion and the Alps ahead! We arrived the previous night at Interlaken Ost and checked in at 'Hotel Beausite' (10 minutes walk. It is closer to Interlaken West). The staff was very friendly and patient. They spent close to 20 minutes answering our various questions on our proposed biking trip for the next day. Rooms were very comfy and clean. The best part was the view we got the next day from the windows. The picture speaks for itself. We walked till Interlaken West which had a bicycle renting place within the railway station. They charged us 30-40 CHF to rent a mountain bike for a day and took a photocopy of our passports. Its better to take the bikes for a day, as you can return whenever ... read more
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Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lauterbrunnen July 2nd 2013

The day started with a couple of delays. We got down to the town and had forgotten our Visitors Pass so back we went as we wanted to book tickets to the Cheese Making on Thursday morning. We then drove to Lauterbrunnen and Karilyn left the camera in the car so Neil went back. We then walked up the valley in beautiful sunny, warm weather to the Trummelbach Falls. There seems to be an over abundance of Muslims everywhere who block the tracks and don't move to let people through. Maybe it's the large populations they have that they just don't care. The men wear what they want and the women are either completely covered in chadors with only eyes showing (even then sun glasses) or they are rugged up in trousers, coats and scarves then ... read more
Lunch by a stream
Lauterbrunnen Falls

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lauterbrunnen June 9th 2013

Woke up today and went to reception to get some change because the showers were 50 Swiss cents. Unfortunately for me it was closed but thankfully Ken had the foresight to get some change the night before and I was able to borrow a coin. The campgrounds actually had the bathrooms and showers in a different building so if you wanted to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night you had to go outside. Breakfast was in the tent and we all got ready for today's optional activities. Most of us were going on a train to Jungfrau and 4 of the ladies Romy, Jemma, Emma and one other person were waiting for the weather to clear so they could go for their helicopter sky dive. The group that was going for the ... read more
Train ride up to Jungfrau
Ice Palace
Ice Sculpture

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lauterbrunnen June 8th 2013

Woke up with my first hangover of the tour and took a minute to remember the events of last night. Went downstairs for breakfast and sat down with Christine. I will describe Christine as quiet, shy and very nice. It would take awhile but she would eventually be my favourite person from the tour. After breakfast it was time to load the bus for Switzerland. I had never been to Switzerland before so I was very excited. It would be an 8 hour drive to Lauterbrunn, Switzerland so it was our longest ride of the tour. First time we were all on the bus and every seat was taken. We had a get to know you activity after the first bus stop. Most of us slept off the hangovers from the night before (common theme). Kate ... read more
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Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lauterbrunnen January 2nd 2013

Day 4 - Lauterbrannen, Swiss Alps Wednesday 2nd January 2013 An optional excursion to the summit of the Jungfrau Mountain, home of Europe’s highest rail station anyone?! So breakfast was spent discussing the night before, and getting ready to go! The tales I heard of what went on after I went to bed were hilarious! We walked up into town ready for our trip up Jungfrau. How exciting. Most people were still amazed by all the snow but wait until they get to the top. Some of the guys went skiing or snowboarding and s... read more
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Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Lauterbrunnen January 1st 2013

Day 3 – Paris to Lauterbrannen, Swiss Alps, Switzerland New Year’s Day -Tuesday 1st January 2013 Magnificent Swiss scenery is on display today as we travel to our base in the Swiss Alps. All aboard the coach were very tired people all quiet and sleepy for the morning. A couple of hours in, we were awake and playing games on the coach that Carly set up. They were so funny. Then she put one of the best films on of all time. Taken. Oh yes. And as we had just spent 2 days in Paris where the film was set, it was even more fun to watch. Unfortunately Carly had never se... read more
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