S: Switzerland 2011
FC: Switzerland 2011
1: Gimmelwald | Condo in Lauterbrunnen
2: We started our journey with a ride on the BART to SFO (below, left). We flew from San Francisco to Toronto were we were so thrilled to meet up with Sooz in the Toronto Airport. She had flown from Idaho Falls to Toronto. | Day 1 - 7/21/11
3: We then endured a somewhat harried flight with a woman in front of us screaming and having a seizure. She was okay but I was pretty much wide awake after that! After 14 hours total, we arrived in Zurich around 11 a.m. | Airplane food! Yum! | On the train from Zurich to Lucerne | Zurich Airport
4: Lucerne | Chapel Bridge
5: Villa Maria | Day 2 - 7/22/11 | We arrived in Lucerne around 2:30 p.m. and hit the ground, running. First stop, our B&B, Villa Maria. Very simple, but cute and clean. | Train Station
6: Strolling Along the Lake
8: Chapel Bridge
10: Jesuit Church
12: Climbing the ancient city wall
13: Beautiful | Lucerne
15: PRETZEL DOGS!! We found these at the train station of all places and they were the best!
16: 7/23/11 Day 2: Lowendenkmal (Lion Monument) dedicated to the Swiss mercenaries who were killed defending the French king.
17: Hanging around town, seeing all the sights, markets, tiny marzipan, etc..... | Waiting for ....
18: ALLISON & DALLIN!!
19: Dallin and Allison arrived in Lucerne to pick us up around 3:00 p.m. after a drive through heavy tunnel traffic, from their home in Vicenza, Italy They rented a sweet van from the Army base. We were so excited to see them. It had been almost a year! | Our sweet ride
20: LAUTERBRUNNEN | Breathtaking
21: This is the view in back of our condo in Lauterbrunnen. Every morning we would take this path into town to catch the lifts up the mountain. On this day, however, we were on our way to Interlaken for church.
22: Rosti | After our drive from Lucerne, we arrived in Lauterbrunnen, found our apartment, dropped off our bags, and headed into town for dinner. We ate at this cute little hotel in town called the Oberon. We had Rosti, a national dish comprised of fried potatoes, cheese and whatever else you want in it and....FONDUE! yum!
23: Dinner at Hotel Oberland in Lauterbrunnen | FONDUE!
24: Our Home Sweet Home in Switzerland Lauterbrunnen was our home base for our week-long adventures in the Berner-Oberland
25: 7/24/11 - Day 3 Church in Interlaken
26: Friendly sheep outside our condo | Main street, Lauterbrunnen
27: Weisse Lütschine River
28: Hiking above ...
31: 1000 Steps up | We hiked up narrow split-log steps to a suspension bridge and looked down on a rushing river and glacier.
32: Day 4 - 7/25/11 | We left our apartment around 9:30 and RAN to the lift station. Barry had bought our tickets ahead of time so we got right on. We took a lift (tram) to Grutschalp then transferred to a c0g-wheel train.
33: We were mesmerized by the beauty. | These were our first, real glimpses of the Swiss Alps. | Next stop.....
36: Ahhh, Mürren! What a wonderful place! No cars, just walking through a serene peaceful mountain village. Dal and Al treated us to some yummy lunch, (cheese, salami, bread and Fanta, of course) and we ate right on main street.
37: I couldn't get over the gardens! Every house had a beautiful garden, usually in their front yard. Gorgeous lettuces and vegetables Such a wonderful, picturesque, little town.
38: We walked up to this little park and played around then Trav and I decided to take the funicular train to Allmendhubel while the others hiked up there.
39: Up on Allmendhubel we had an amazing view of the Jungfrau. These pictures don't do it justice. It was breathtaking. We waited here for about 30 minutes for the rest of the crew to hike up. Next up....photos of their hike.
45: After Allmendhuble, we walked about 4 miles on the North Face Trail down to the beautiful village of Gimmelwald, a traditional Swiss mountain community. The only way in or out is on foot or the lift. There are no motorized vehicles and about 120 residents year-round. The big, sheer, cliff face is the Schwarzmonch (Black Monk). | Alpenrose Schoolhouse | Hotel Mittaghorn
46: This is a hard working community. These people were out harvesting their hay on the steep mountain slope, for their cows in winter. This lady saw us posing by the little cheese house and she kindly came over and asked us if we wanted samples. We DID! It was great! We bought their home-made salami too. Also, I have to note, that the Swiss stack their firewood (next page, right) in these amazingly tidy piles. (I think the kids got tired of my excitement over the wood stacks. )
47: MORE COW BELL !!
48: Rick Steves was staying in this little B&B (above). We hung around hoping to meet him, but he was a n0-show.
49: Pension Gimmelwald (only restaurant in town)
51: train shenanigans
52: Day 5 - 7/26/11 | Jungfraujoch Top of Europe
53: We took the train past the north face of the Eiger (left). The train actually goes through the Eiger (tunnel) to get to Europe's hightest train station at 11,300 feet.
55: ICE CAVES
56: Above, left, is the "Sphinx", the highest viewing point. Right is the Aletsch Glacier--Europe's longest, at nearly 11 miles. Unfortunately, it was cloudy so we were limited on what we could see. However, a pretty amazing experience, no matter the weather.
58: After being at such high altitude, we were famished! We stopped at Kleine Scheidegg and devoured some Rosti, sausage and pastry. Yum!!
59: We took the train down from Kleine Scheidegg to Grindelwald and walked around there for a bit. Very expensive! | Grindelwald
60: Bern | Beautiful
61: Bern, capital city of Switzerland | Day 7 - 07/27
62: Bern Swiss Temple | First stop...
63: We arrived at the Bern temple in time for the 11:00 session. Trav and Sooz had their recommends for baptisms and were able to perform those while we attended a session in French with English piped in on our head phones. Beautiful temple!
64: After the temple, we began our tour of Bern starting with a stop at the grocery store for some cheese, salami, apples and cookies. We just plopped down near a bus stop and ate. Afterwards, with Allison leading the way, we started our Rick Steves "Welcome to Bern" walk.
67: Zytglogge-Turm | Parliament (Bundeshaus) | Bern's famous clock tower dates back to 1530. At 4 minutes before the hour, it comes to life and all the little characters turn and move.
68: Fountains of Bern
69: Einstein's Apartment
70: Bern | Cathedral
71: Nydegg Bridge
72: BarenPark (Bear Park) The symbol of Bern is the bear. Bears have been here in this park since 1857.
73: Day 8 - 7/28 | Allison's 22nd Birthday!! | We had to make do with a Lauterbrunnen grocery store cake. We could have bought a mix but didn't know how to read the instructions in German! Allison was a good sport, as always.
74: Allison's Birthday Dinner This was a restaurant in the campground near our condo. Can't remember the name but it was yummy. We had fondue and rosti.
75: Mannlichen | Our hike from | to Kleine Scheidegg
76: We started our day by catching the train from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen. We then caught the lift from Wengen to Mannlichen. We were hoping for good weather, but it was not to be. It was very cloudy but we knew this hike was spectacular so we went for it anyway!
77: There was some high jinx at Mannlichen but then we fell into hiking mode.
79: After a while, we came upon some amazing cairns which kept us occupied for some time.
81: Then came the rain... | Kleine Scheidegg at last!
82: More treats at Kleine Scheidegg then back on the train to Lauterbrunnen
83: Trümmelbach Falls
84: Elevator to the top
85: The photos don't do this place justice. You really have to see it to believe it. The powerful force of this water roaring through these rocks is incredible!
87: Day 9 - 7/29 | Riding the | Lifts | Today we got our money's worth from our pass and rode the rest of the lifts in the Berner-Oberland
90: Yummy | Desserts | at the top of First
91: Alpine Slide | Pfingstegg's
95: Our Swiss vacation had come to a close. We were sad to leave such a beautiful place, probably one of the most beautiful on earth! We will always have great memories of our 8 days in the Lucerne and Berner-Oberland areas of SWITZERLAND!