Up early to take the train back down the mountain from Zermatt to Tasch, where our car has been parked. Passing thru the town of St. Nicklaus, which St. Nick is named for... Driving thru the valley littered with grape vines on the slopes... Today, we are headed to Chamonix, site of the first Winter … Continue reading Mont Blanc
This morning was sunny! We really lucked out with a nice day, so decided to take the cog railway up the mountain to Gornergrat which is halfway to the Matterhorn. The half hour ride takes us through the freshly snow covered peaks. At the top is the Gornergrat hotel and viewpoint. Gotta sport the beret! … Continue reading Fresh Powder: The Matterhorn
Headed to the next mountain adventure, Zermatt. This was a big day for transport. First, we drove to Kandersteg to catch the auto train through a tunnel to get to the south side of the mountains. This is also the way to Italy. On the other side, we drive to Visp then Tasch - where … Continue reading Rain, trains, and automobiles
Our hotel, the Berghof-Amaranth in Wilderswil was a perfect base location in the valley. Close to the highway, the Grindelwald turnoff to the Jungfrau Valley, and of course, entrance to the Lauterbrunnen Valley. These long-haired guys greeted us every morning on the way out. So off to the Lauterbrunnen train station this morning, to catch … Continue reading Jungfrau Valley
On the way back down from the Schilthorn, we stopped in Murren - a village only accessible by the cable car. The homes and structures are all in the alpine chalet style, with magnificent views of the mountains and valley. Many residents were out in their gardens planting for the spring. Murren is situated on … Continue reading Meeting up with Rick
Woke up to my new alarm clock, the cows in the field next door with their bells clinking at 6 am. No problem being up so early today, the weather couldn't be more perfect and there are mountains to climb! After a fairly decent (free) buffet breakfast at the hotel, we zoom off to catch … Continue reading Shaken, Not Stirred
Besides the Ema House hotel in Zurich being clean and modern accommodation, they serve a grand in-room breakfast of the freshest baguettes & croissants, cheese & meats, yogurt &fruit, muesli, coffee, tea and juice. Included with the room! Just 30 minutes outside of Zurich is our next stop, Luzern. With stereotypical cobblestone streets, old buildings, … Continue reading Lovely Luzern
Hands down, winner of the most beautiful arrival by plane goes to Zurich, Switzerland. Wow, soaring low above the snow-capped Alps, curving through the lush green valleys and shimmering blue lakes... It's enough to get anyone excited about the journey ahead. Cramming onto the airport tram, we hear the gentle sounds of rushing water, birds … Continue reading Guten Tag, Zurich!