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Austria & Switzerland 2011

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S: Austria and Switzerland 2011 Karen & Dave Miles

2: Preserved in the beautiful setting of an Alpine Valley, the church of Wies (1745-1754) the work of architect - Dominikus Zimmerman | Figure of the 'Scourged Saviour' | The miracle of June 14, 1738 Tears were seen on the face of the Scourged Saviour which rapidly developed a pilgrimage of great proportions

3: The Wies song Come and praise Him, in this sacred place come seek him out in the Wies. Open-hearted, thank Him for His grace, for He offers us peace. Oh, my Jesus, fairest Jesus, in the Wies who so full of blessings is. | This original chapel was built for the Pilgrimage in 1740 and still stands in the parking lot. | Dominikus & his brother, Johann, both did the stucco work and marbling | Me, going to church

4: Brotherhood's Altar at the right side of the church

5: Johann Baptist Zimmermann, court painter of Munich, painted the stucco & ceiling. He is the brother of the main architect. | Altar of the Scourged Saviour | The pipe organ

6: Driving through Fern Pass - Schloss Fernsteinsee | The Austrian countryside

7: Karen and I took a walk on the trail across the road from the hotel. | The village was celebrating a wedding that night and the local Bravarian singers were practicing, they belted out a beautiful song for us and we were all invited to share in the celebration that evening. | The village sports complex, park and cattle grazing area across the street from our Hotel. | Karen leaving home? Actually we were just taking an afternoon stroll.

8: Hotel Maximilian Ehenbichl, Austria | Ehenbichl - first recorded history goes back to 1404. Located in the valley basin of Reutte far from the hustle & bustle of a large city, at the foot of Schlossberg mountain. Separated from Reutte by the 939 m Sintwag mountain. (center of the photo) | Population 651 | Karen at the entrance to the parking lot across from the Maximilian

9: It's hard to believe that the very next day, Richard & Cindy would convince me to climb those hills to the castle. | Karen, Richard & Cindy blending in with the locals | The village Five time European Champion Alpaca & two of his siblings on their way to Italy for a showing. Had a great conversation with the owners.

10: The village milk dispensary available 24 hrs. a day | Coming from the park across from our hotel, where they were grazing, to the milking barn | At the barn, it's milking time! Not everyone was happy with their picture being taken. The lady on the right stuck out her tongue at us. | One of the typical homes with their firewood stack

11: Ehrenberg Castle -1293 (Fort Claudia) | Castle and the fortress (Festung Schlosskopf) | The fortress castle head (Festung Schlosskopf) | Festung Schlosskopf

13: Entering Switzerland | Urner Alps

14: Cindy & Richard at Sustenpass | Karen & and I at Sustenpass | The Steingletscher

15: The peaks of the Urner Alps | The winding road ahead

16: In 1891 Interlaken was known as Aarmuhle | Tourist Cart near the Train & Bus depot | Waterfall on the way into Interlaken

17: Interlaken is a municipality in the Interlaken-Oberhasli district in the Canton of Bern Switzerland. It is located between Lake Brienz to the east and Lake Thun to the west in the area called Bodeli | Tourist train near the city center | Bear outside a local shop-downtown Interlaken | Streets of Interlaken

18: Drove through Wilderswil to get to the Lauterbrunnen | Town of Lauterbrunnen

19: Tschingelhorn | Entering the Lauterbrunnen

20: Willkommen im Restaurant-Hotel Stechelberg our room was the lower left in this picture, Cindy & Richard were on the lower right. | Stechelberg is a small village in the glacier carved Lauterbrunnen Valley of Bernese Oberland in Switzerland | Here I am in front of the main part of the Hotel-Restaurant-probably going for a beer. | Stechelberg

21: Instructions on making Cheese Fondue the Swiss way, using 3 different cheeses & garlic, plus a few other secret ingredients - It was delicious!! | Otto Koller instructing us on the proper way to make Cheese Fondue | Our Group Dinner at Stechelberg

22: Staubbach Falls | The very name 'Lauter Brunnen' ('many fountains') suggests the magnificence of this landscape. There are 72 waterfalls in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, the most famous being Staubbach Falls. Plunging almost 300 metres from an overhanging rock face, they are one of the highest free-falling waterfalls in Europe.

23: Gimmelwald station | Stechelberg to Gimmelwald via the Schilthornbahn | Murren station | Murren to Birg & onward to Schilthorn | Birg | Schilthorn | to Schilthorn | to Birg | to Murren | to Gimmelwald

24: Looking from our hotel toward the Breithorn & Tschingelhorn | The town of Murren is a typical Walser mountain village in the Bernese Oberland - unreachable by public roads. - elev. 5413 | Gimmelwald to Murren

25: Stechelberg to Gimmelwald from the Schilthornbahn | The Schilthorn cable car stops in Gimmelwald where we boarded another one (the one we are on now) to Murren. Notice the suspension bridge right below us. | "If Heaven isn't what it's cracked up to be, send me back to Gimmelwald." | Gimmelwald is a small village in the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland, halfway up the mountain between Stechelberg & Murren. elev. 4472 ft. | Stechlberg Station

26: Birg Sits at 2676 m (8,780 ft) on the slopes of the Schilthorn. Passengers may disembark here at the restaurant or continue on to the Schilthorn | From Murren to Birg | Karen enjoying the view? | Murren - another view

27: My gloves | Passing the Riggli Ski lift on the slopes of the Schilthorn | This is what we were supposed to see. The Eiger (3970 m), the Monch (4,099 m) and the Jungfrau (4,158 m)

28: Entrance to Piz Gloria restaurant and gift shop - Piz Gloria is a revolving restaurant on Schilthorn. The name Piz Gloria originated in the James Bond novel 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' The restaurant (upper floor) revolves once evry hour elev. 2,970 m (9.744 ft) | Karen admiring the mineral rock collection in the restaurant | Waiting for the fog to lift - 10:24 am at roughly 9,700 ft and in the cold!!!! | A sign inside 'Let not the manners of the valley drive considerately' ???

29: Too much fog, we waited one hour to see if it would burn off. Watched 007 movie clip and had cocoa | We'll be back next year to get that clear photo of the mountains | No high heels ladies! | Nothing but fog

30: Looking down into the Lauterbrunnen from Murren | Half-timbered houses | Murren

31: Eiger Guesthouse - Murren | The town of Murren- A group of us decided to hike to Grutschlalp and take the tram down to Lauterbrunnen | Main street Murren

32: Our hike from Murren to Grutschalp | We are headed toward Grutschalp from the Winteregg to Murren train station | Signs are in time durations instead of kilometers | Our gang on the trail past Winteregg heading to Grutschalp

33: Views from the trail

34: Swiss cheese in the works? | Just outside of Grutschlap High meadow grazing produces excellent cheese

35: Cindy on the tram down to Lauterbrunnen | The Town of Lauterbrunnen - our destination | Grutschalp Station - a tram down to the town of Lauterbrunnen

36: The tunnel lift | Entrance to the tunnel lift

38: Lighting inside the tunnel | Observation & camera points

39: Lofty observation point | Karen making the descent to another observation point | The corkscrew

41: This is the stream that Trummelbach empties into | Karen getting a photo toward the bottom of the falls | Here is Trummelbach emptying into the stream | Twists & turns

42: Could this be our lunch two days from now? | Looking back from Trummelbach Falls toward the town of Lauterbrunnen | Another shot of our hotel | Taken from our bus window

43: It snowed the morning we left | Snowing as we head toward the bus | It was hot and sunny the day we arrived | Beautiful day for a hike near our hotel

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