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Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt August 29th 2011

As a young kid I remember a picture book (not a comic), where Donald Duck was travelling by train in Europe. In this particular book (not comic) the destination and the central point of the story was Matterhorn. Can’t remember the exact details, or even if it was in fact Donald Duck, but the name of the mountain stuck. Later, much later, visiting Disneyland, I got the connection. This Swiss mountain inspired someone at Disney, and they constructed a 1/100 scale model of the original and threw a roller coaster for good measure. Just to make it a bit more interesting. And commercial. Later than that, much later, after many years of unintentionally avoiding Switzerland, I finally made it to the Swiss alps. In winter, skiing would be the natural choice of activity. It’s a shame ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt July 4th 2011

Today we return to Preda on the Glacier Express and will be re-united with our beloved Peugeot 207SW but before we leave Zermatt there is just one last experience to enjoy: the sun rising on the Matterhorn. To witness the sunrise and all the colour changes that go with it we woke with the alarm at 5:00am. The sky was clear except for a faint wisp of cloud that added to the theatre that was about to unfold. To see the sun strike the summit of the mountain was one more page in the highlight chapter of this book. The early wake up and standing on the roof terrace of the hotel with a chill breeze blowing was worth it. After breakfast we left the hotel for Zermatt railway station to catch the Glacier Express. We ... read more
The Rhine
The "crocodile" at Chur
The Glacier Express crossing viaducts into a tunnel

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt July 3rd 2011

Waking to a cloudless day could not have been better for our ascent to the perfect viewing point to see the Matterhorn. To get there we needed to travel by the cog rail Gornergrat train. What a magnificent piece of engineering to enable passengers to climb over 1400 metres in perfect comfort to view such great mountain scenery. From the top of the Gornergrat railway the Matterhorn is dominant. No one can deny its majesty and on such a perfect day the view takes your breath away. It is hard to imagine how such a mountain can be climbed. Once you get your breath back you can then take in the view of the Italian mountains that reach over 4500 metres and the dramatic glaciers down their slopes. With the 360° view you get the opportunity ... read more
Rock stacking by Shorn, Gornergrat
The Intrepid Duo with the Matterhorn in the background
The Matterhorn

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt July 2nd 2011

Waking early in the mountains on a fine clear morning, we found a trace of ice on the car – this is July after all! Breakfast over, we made our way to the station just 3 minutes down the slope from our mountainside hotel to catch the local train to St Moritz. Swiss trains are always on time, so at 8.30am on the dot the shiny red train slid soundlessly into the little station and we were off. In the 24 hours we have been in Switzerland we have seen many clocks, large and small, and all have shown the correct time. Perhaps this is why the trains run on time. At St Moritz our seats on the Glacier Express were ready and we settled in for the ride to Zermatt and the Matterhorn. Second class ... read more
The front of our train
Tour Photographer ready to capture the next shot
Waiting at Preda Station

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt April 24th 2011

Geo: 46.0193, 7.74603 So, gettin to Zermatt was tricky- we had one bus and five different trains... so five connections.... five very SHORT connections... sometimes just a few minutes from one train to the next. I don't know how we did it... but we did. We made every connection without a hitch. It was 13 hours of travel time total, so we didn't get to Zermatt until close to 10pm. I couldn't sit still on the last train, I was just so damned excited! Chris was suffering from motion sickness, tho. Poor kid. lol, when we got to our 8 bed dorm, it was totally dark! Everyone was already sleeping! So unusual. "You what that means, Chris. They're all snowboarders and they'll be up at the crack of dawn." (And they were). We weren't tired, so ... read more
Hiking Zermatt
Hiking Zermatt

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt April 18th 2011

Planning a trip as long as ours is not an easy undertaking. In order to get from Kenya to Greece in X amount of days with X amount of transportation, we carefully had to choose our favorite destinations. I had two places I wanted to see more than most others. First, I wanted to make it to Poland. With the most Polish of last names, I wanted to make it to the land of my ancestors. Unfortunately, Poland was too far outside of our travel loop to make it possible. The second place I really wanted to go was Zermatt. Zermatt is a picturesque Swiss mountain ski village and home to the legendary Matterhorn. On Lauren's family boat in Huntington Beach, we came very close to cancelling our trip to Zermatt because it was going to ... read more
A Room With a View...
We Had a Balcony Looking Into The Swiss Alps..
Our First GLimpse of the Matterhorn...

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt January 18th 2011

How lucky I am to have been invited to share this last week of my trip with Chris and Sue's last week. Not ever having skiied, I would never have come to such a place. So different from anywhere I have ever been before. It really has to be seen to be believed. So beautiful and so amazing. It is fascinating to see so many people form different countries all enthusiastically skiing in this winter wonderland amid the Alps. Everyone is doing it...families with children and babies, older people ... Then they all seem to enjoy sitting on terraces eating and drinking in the sunshine. It has not been cold this week, although I believe it is going to get cold again tomorrow. I had a try and was quite successful, but felt that for me ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt November 11th 2010

After 2 nights travell with the train from Bucharest ( and one day Viena visited) i was arrived in Zermatt. The travell are was verry fascinated with the Glacier Express from Visp to Zermatt. The hotel wherre i was make reservation are verry wonderfull and clean with frendly staff and i recomanded that - Primavera Hotel clasified on 2 star, situated on short distance from railway station and center of Zermatt. From Zermatt i was go to Gornergratt to se the sunrise moment, and other mountains images. For photos i used one CANON 7D and CANON L series lens, except the 8-16 mm from SIGMA... read more
mountain miror

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt October 10th 2010

Zermatt We have now returned from the last big adventure, its winding down now. Last entry we were on the way to St Moritz, we got into there about 3.30 Had a good walk around in the daylight, up the hill above town and around the lake. It's a picture perfect town but a bit too ritzy for me. Apart from the cold and the scenery, the first thing you notice around these parts in the prices.  Must be one of the most expensive places in Europe. We leave early in the morning on the Glacier Express, billed as the worlds slowest express train, for 8hours it winds it's way through mountains, valleys, tunnels and across very impressive bridges to the town of Zermatt, at the foot of the famous Matterhorn. The train has a ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt August 8th 2010

On August 5 we left Corfu. We took the shuttle to the ferry port, waited for the next ferry to Igoumenitsa where we caught an overnight ferry to Ancona, Italy. Now this ferry was huge. I don’t remember if we mentioned Dan’s disappointment in the size of our last ferry. But he had previously been on a cruise-like ship and this most recent boat didn't meet his standards. However, this ship did. It had a swimming pool, several lounges and dining areas and more. We set up camp in one of the lounges where we hung out most of the night, watched movies and eventually fell asleep. We thought it would be great to go to Zermatt in Switzerland. So we took a train from Ancona to Milan where we got on another train to Brig. ... read more
Fuzzy sheep
Shrunken Matterhorn
Dan on his hike

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