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  • Day2

    The fast train to Switzerland

    June 5 in Switzerland

    After a fairly comfortable night’s sleep in my cell, and a good shower, I took advantage of the Clink continental breakfast - a snip at £2 (only £1 if I had booked the night before - drat!). Somewhat surprisingly, porridge was not on the menu.

    A grey morning and a short walk led me to St Pancras International. What a magnificent Victorian Station - to think it was once earmarked for demolition. A smooth check-in and I was soon on board the 0922 Eurostar to Paris. With Standard Premier Class you get (another) continental breakfast, served by pleasant uniformed attendants reminiscent of air hostesses. After a stop at Ashford, Kent, the conductor announced we would shortly be entering the Channel Tunnel. How exciting! Although I have been fortunate enough to travel by Eurostar on a few occasions, it never ceases to amaze me when, after only 20 minutes in the tunnel, you suddenly emerge into the French countryside.

    On arrival at the gargantuan Paris Gare du Nord station, I took the Metro two stops to the Gare du Lyon. Regrettably I didn’t have time for lunch at the magnificent Le Train Bleu restaurant, created for the Exposition Universelle in 1900. Ah well, maybe next time. I had to make do with a Croque Monsieur from the Buffet Car as I boarded the 1423 TGV-Lyria express to Switzerland. Leaving the grey, graffiti daubed suburbs of Paris behind, the train soon entered rural France, and the mist lifted and the sun shone throughout the afternoon. The flat, patchwork fields gave way to the lovely tree-lined gorges of Burgundy as we passed through Dijon (no stopping for mustard!), and on to Basle, Switzerland where I had to change trains for the last hour of the journey to Zürich. A very pleasant, smooth trip.

    Three very pucker elderly English ladies across the compartment from me commented on how they enjoyed train travel. ‘But I wouldn’t do what Margot did’ said the eldest. ‘She went right across Russia herself on the Trans Siberian. But then she’s not afraid of anything. Did you notice she’s got her head completely shaved?’ (And after a pause). ‘Strange she never married’.

    Casa Heinrich in Zürich was a pleasant guest house, 10 minutes walk from the station. There is no reception and you use a code to gain entry. Had a walk round the lovely old Altstadt this evening and had a tasty meal of whole roast pork knuckle (sorry, Betty) washed down with local beer. The place was like an old fashioned Germanic beer keller - the young blond waiter looked like he had just stepped out of a poster for Hitler youth, and all that was missing was Ann Blyth belting out operetta hits while balancing frothy beer steins on her bosom. Legend has it that Wilhelm Tell’s crossbow was kept here.

    A lovely stroll to the lakeside finished off a very pleasant evening. Zürich really is a most attractive place to visit.
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  • Day84

    Beautiful Lake Lucerne

    September 9, 2017 in Switzerland

    Raining today! But even so driving further north in Switzerland was green and lush with the odd cow with a cow bell! Spent an afternoon in Lucerne. I had forgotten what a beautiful town it is. The bridges are amazing.

  • Day86

    The Top Of Europe! Jungfrau!

    September 11, 2017 in Switzerland

    Such an amazing day! Wonderful weather! Today we drove through green Swiss pastures with beautiful wooden chalets to Grindelwald to catch 2 trains to the 'Top Of Europe' - Jungfraujoch- 3454 metres up- The snow capped peak of Jungfrau is right there! The train travelled almost vertically at times! At the top there is the High Altitude Research Station, the the Ice Palace- ice carvings (freezing) and amazing views including over the glacier. We walked out onto the snow to see breathtaking views. The weather was perfect- apparently such clear views don't happen very often so we were so, so lucky. Problem- altitude sickness! Not pleasant but so worth it!!!!Read more

  • Day99

    Mürren Switzerland

    September 13, 2017 in Switzerland

    Mürren is perched on the edge of an 800 m high cliff, rising up from the Lauterbrunnen valley in the Jungfrau region. You can see the Eiger, Mönch, Breithorn, most of the Jungfrau, and many other mountains from here. There are no cars, mountains all around, green slopes and forests and many hiking trails. Oh the serenity 😊!

  • Day100

    Allmendhubel Mürren

    September 14, 2017 in Switzerland

    Not a great day for hiking today but we jumped right in and gave it an shot! Caught the funicular to the Allmendhubel (1,932 m), a hill above Mürren. A restaurant is located near the top as well as a Flower Park for the kids and a Flower Trail (in Summer) leads past 150 different alpine flowers including gentians, alpine roses and edelweiss and some interesting medicinal herbs. However, in September, and in the pouring rain, there is not so much to see. The clear mountain air, and fantastic views of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau combined with the 'dampened' tranquillity of the Alps made up for lack of blooms. We then got on with the intended nature hike back down the hill to our home base of Mürren. The paved path wound its way down the hill turning into a grass path and finally into a rocky/dirt/tree roots path but all quite easy to traverse. It was a good hike in mostly light persistent rain. The rain has now set in for the afternoon but is predicted to clear for our cable-car ride to Schilthorn tomorrow morning. Let's hope!Read more

  • Day88

    Murren- up in the Alps

    September 13, 2017 in Switzerland

    We are now staying for 2 nights up in the Swiss Alps. To reach Murren we travelled first by cablecar then mountain train. Not possible to take the car so we've left it in Lauterbrunnen car park. We then walked to the close by village of Gimmelwald. Neither Murren or Gimmelwald have cars (except for a couple of locals) and are everything you would expect to see in a Swiss Alpine village. Surrounded by snow capped mountains, chilly fresh air, goats & cows ringing their bells and amazing views! to the big 3 peaks- Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau! Snow is forecast for tomorrow! Murren is also where you catch the cable car to Schilthorn- the mountain peak with the restaurant where they filmed James Bond's 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'. Maybe some 007 action awaits us at the top of the Schilthorn??Read more

  • Day99

    Gimmelwald

    September 13, 2017 in Switzerland

    About 30-40 minutes walk (give or take a 100 photos) from Mürren is the quiet village of Gimmelwald. A lovely nature walk with cows, goats, sheep, chickens, vegetable gardens, and mountains all around. Beautiful clean air!
    Population (2016) is 130. We ate at the only restaurant/pub, Pension Gimmelwald, and had a wonderful view and a delicious bowl of vegetable soup with fresh bread. Perfect!
    Farming and tourism are the main source of income today. Farmers raise hay on tiny plots of land to feed small herds of cows.
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  • Day101

    Schilthorn

    September 15, 2017 in Switzerland

    Today was our last chance to go to Schilthorn, (2,970 metres (9,744 ft)), which lies above the village of Mürren. It featured in the 1969 James Bond movie 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'. It was the hideout of Bond's enemy Blofeld, and the place was called Piz Gloria for that occassion. That name is still being used for the Schilthorn. From Mürren a cable car leads to its summit where you get the most amazing 360-degree panoramic view of the “Swiss skyline” including Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau. We had a cuppa in the revolving restaurant Piz Gloria and watched the world go round - the top of the world that is.
    We stopped off at Birg - where you get a bottomless perspective from its “Skyline Walk” and the “Thrill Walk” - by this time the clouds came rolling in so it was 10 second glimpses of the mountains from here. Not to worry - we could not have asked for better views from the Schilthorn. Enjoyed the whole 007 experience too. We now leave Mürren and head to Schaffhausen, on the upper Rhine River, in a wine-growing area near the German border.
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  • Day102

    Rheinfall, Northern Switzerland

    September 16, 2017 in Switzerland

    WOW! WOW! !WOW! The falls are amazing! Easy to see, easy to access, hard to forget!
    The falls are located on the High Rhine on the border between the cantons of Schaffhausen and Zürich.
    They are 150 metres wide and 23 metres high. We took a boat to "the rock" in the middle of the falls where we walked to the top to enjoy 360 degree view of the falls and feel the spray on your face. There are also viewing platforms with a spectacular view of the falls built on both sides of the Rhine.Read more

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