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Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Zermatt August 31st 2019

I get up early as I want to have a short walk to watch the sun rise. It is a beautiful morning. I have been watching the forecast for these last few days since I started the trip. It had shown rain consistently for weeks so I was delighted when this changed a couple of days before arriving in St Moritz. Both staying this high up on the Muottas Muragl and doing the Glacier Express trip are bound to be much nicer if the weather is kind, and I have been truly lucky with the weather throughout this trip. This early walk is the only time so far that I have put on my fleece, and that is only because it is so early. I only had rain one evening in Nürnberg and the thunderstorm in ... read more
Path Obstruction
Sun hitting Piz Bernina

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

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

Not the first time on the Eurostar from St Pancras, but the first embarking on an adventure on the train across Europe to Italy. One that we were both looking forward to - not the same as getting on a cruise ship, where your bag can be totally unpacked and you appear in different ports overnight. This was going to be different. Armed with our ‘Inter-railing’ ticket, we boarded the Eurostar heading for our first brief stop in Paris. Arriving at the Gare du Nord, we caught the RER to Gare de Lyon ready for the next journey. There was around a two hour stop, which gave us time for lunch at Fosca (just outside the station). The food was very good and I would recommend it - we had booked using the trip-advisor links but ... read more

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-West » Geneva July 24th 2019

Omg the heat... I am not built for travelling in +40C humidity haha. I am forever grateful I brought my little USB/battery fan - it has served me so well on this trip. It was a necessity last night and will be tonight and tomorrow. It's supposed to be 39C plus humidity in London tomorrow so I'm like screw it - Heathrow Express - I'm not risking getting on a Tube train with no AC. (Yes I know most of the airport Picadilly trains have it... but I'm not risking it lol) In fact, it's literally supposed to be the hottest day on record, EVER, in London tomorrow... great timing. All I care is the theatre has AC. And that the heatwave is supposed to end tomorrow. Ok enough about the heat. Geneva. Palais des Nations. ... read more
"Broken Chair"
"Broken Chair"

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Kandersteg July 22nd 2019

I always lose steam towards the end of my trips haha. The heat doesn't help. Day 18: Kandersteg is honestly the best. I'm staying at Hotel zur Post and it's wonderful. Everyone who works there is super friendly and welcoming - the guy who checked me in helped me bring everything upstairs and was asking me all about my travels, another guy who works there was down for breakfast two days and was very helpful with info about the area and the wonderful lady who did breakfast every morning was a complete sweetheart. Such a BnB feel to the hotel and I love it. And I met the cutest old couple from England - we became breakfast buddies. I can't remember the last time I did a trip and I didn't befriend and old British couple ... read more
That view though
Waterfall at the far end
Up close and gorgeous

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Kandersteg July 21st 2019

Day 16:Travel day yesterday, so there wasn't much to be said. I'm staying at a cute but rustic mountain hotel the next few nights in Kandersteg, so I didn't want to go super early since I wasn't sold that someone would actually be there haha. As such, I had a lazy exploration day just around Interlaken. I went to the train station (where all the busses overlap) and got on the first bus that arrived and went for a ride! I first ended up at Ringgenberg which wasn't exciting haha. It's a little town, but it's also like +30C by 10am so I didn't go that far away from the shade. I then ended up in some other little town (Bonnigen?), but then wandered my way back to the hostel and to the train station. Kandersteg ... read more
Beer and rosti
Following the river to Blausee
Sleepy cow

Europe » Switzerland » South-West July 19th 2019

I didn't do an entry for yesterday because I was exhausted when I got home - I haven't slept all that well at this hostel (... let's just say a lot of the people here don't seem to have hostelled before and don't have/know the courtesy required in a hostel, ahem) Anyway, here's a double shot. Day 14: Last day for my train pass today! Used it for Harder Kulm and Schynige Platte. In retrospect, considering how tired I was and how bad my allergies have been, not the best plan, but hey. Harder Kulm was the first stop - it sits just above Interlaken and you take the funicular right up from the town itself. There isn't that much up there - there's a lookout platform, a restaurant and a hike (back down to Interlaken, ... read more
Aare cutting thru Interlaken
Hi from Harder Kulm

Europe » Switzerland » South-West July 17th 2019

Alright, another pretty sunny day for me which means I retreated into a canyon for part of it lol. Sun is great, but it's also nice to not always be in blazing sun up in the mountains. I started things off at Murren this morning for a brilliant view of the Lauterbrunnen valley and a sideview of the 3 biggies (Eiger, Monch, Jungfrau). It becomes quite the journey - train Interlaken to Lauterbrunnen, giant cable car up to Grutschalp, then another different little train up to Murren. You can continue all the way up to Schilthorn, but it's a different pass you need and as beautiful as everything is, you can only see so many mountains day after day. Anyway, the cable car is fun - it's huge and it swings when it goes over the ... read more
These cow statues are everywhere

Europe » Switzerland » South-West July 16th 2019

This morning it was super foggy down in Interlaken - cloud cover was barely above the buildings. Have I mentioned how much I love fog haha. Thankfully it was supposed to be a sunny day in the mountains, so I set off to Eigergletscher and Kleine Scheidegg in search of more spectacular views, and figured I'd loop back 'round First to do the zipline. Sure enough as we started to rise out of the valley, the sun came out to play. FYI all the trains meet up in terms of connections, which is great for organization purposes but makes for a mad dash as people try to get seats. We arrived into Lauterbrunnen at 8:55 for the 9:07 departure and I just wasn't game for an attack. I bummed around the town for 20min and made ... read more
Hi mountains!
Always flowers to be seen
That sky though

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