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    Piz Gloria - glory, glory!

    September 13, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Today, we climbed again; this time to Piz Gloria, the summit of Schilthorn at 2970 metres above sea level. This may present the most spectacular panorama in the Alps of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau - each day seems to bring a better view. The summit became known in 1969 with the release of the James Bond movie, “In Her Majesty’s Secret Service”. That is the Bond film with the James Bond nobody has ever heard of - George Lazenby. The Piz Gloria has decided to embrace its Bond history and has turned the whole top of the mountain into a shrine to the movie. You can watch clips from the movie, read about the actors and stuntmen, eat a James Bond burger and - probably - have a martini (stirred not shaken). The women’s washroom is signed “Bond Girls”. I am told - I was not there - that over the urinals in the men’s facility is written “Shake - do not stir”. Although it is all a tad over-the-top, the 007 theme cannot surpass the grandeur of the vista.

    We happened upon an interesting event. It seemed to us that there were a lot of men in dark suits with things in their ears milling around. At first, we thought that they were just adding to the Bond ambiance. It turns out that the First Lady of India (Wife of President Ram Nath Kovind) and daughter were at Piz Gloria - hubby was in Bern on a state visit to Switzerland. The security was not at all intrusive; we were wandering within a few metres of the First Lady and one of the Swiss police security guys took a pause to take a photo of the two of us.

    As usual, getting there and back was much of the fun. The trip there consisted of: two trains, one bus and three gondolas. Coming back, we took, two gondolas, a train, a gondola and two trains. Everything connected perfectly - just as we have come to expect.
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