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  • Day6

    Before and after the Bernina Express

    November 18, 2017 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ -5 °C

    Bernina Express

    Despite being extremely thrilled about going on the Bernina Express today, it was difficult to leave Nonna and Tosca House. In fact, we almost missed our train as I thought Grace said that we leave the house at 8.25am, not that the train for Tirano where we start our journey on the Bernina Express, leaves the station at 8.25am. After breakfast, Grace quickly got all her layers of jumper, jacket and gor-tex coat on, and her face very quickly got very red as the house was very well heated. Red faced, she waited ever so patiently only for me to announce that I needed a last bano (bathroom) stop. When I saw her all bundled up, now scarlet face with sweat beads on her nose, I collapsed on the bed in fits of giggles for another minute, before staggering to the bano. As I was folding our wet towels to take downstairs in an attempt to be helpful to Nonna, I heard from downstairs a rather anxious "Hurry up. Even Nonna is getting worried." I slowly made my way downstairs with my nicely folded bundle of towels and did the long Italian goodbye of hugs and kisses, and even photo taking, until Grace told me very urgently that we only have 5 minutes before the train leaves. With a last gracia miele (which I thought meant thanks apple but it means thanks a million), and a very heartfelt arrivedeche (see you again), we ran to the station. Thank goodness that Italian trains are usually late as we just made our train. Ironically, soon after we boarded, our train was delayed even further as it had to wait on the tracks for an approaching train. That logic escaped me as I thought that in the case of an approaching train, one should get out of the way, and not wait on the tracks. Even if one was another train. Anyway, we still arrived in Tirano in plenty of time to have a look around the pretty town and it's Basilica where Virgin Mary appeared in 1504 and promised to end the plague if a church was built.

    Bernina Express is one of three UNESCO listed railway lines. It is an engineering marvel that crosses the Alps from Tirano, Italy to Chur, Switzerland. It negotiats 55 tunnels, 196 bridges and inclines of up to 7%, with a total height difference of 1,824m on the 4 hour journey. The highest point of 2,253m above sea level is at Ospizio Bernina. All this enjoyed through panoramic windows and at a speed that allowed one time to marvel at the scenery.

    The Bernina express terminated at the Swiss town of Chur at 6.25pm. We had to get back to Milan that evening to get to the truffle festival in Alba the next day. That meant going to Zurich to begin the long journey to Milan. At any other time of the day or evening, there is a direct and express train from Zurich to Milan Central Station. However, at the time that we needed to travel, we had 2 train changes, and a third change to a bus in Chiasso. The train changes went smoothly. We found the correct platforms on time and without much ado. Finding the bus was another matter. It was past 11pm at that time and freezing in Chiasso streets. A lovely Italian man took us out of the station and with Italian hands, illustrated the route. We had to walk down the street and around the corner of the train station. There we found bright lights and lots of people and cars. It was the border crossing from Switzerland to Italy. We walked across the border like walking across a road, avoiding traffic. We asked the border security where the bus for Milano Centrale stopped, and he pointed vaguely IBM the direction of a side street. That's where things got interesting. We walked down this rather dark alley of nightclubs and pubs, thronging with youths of interesting coloured hair and piercings, smoking something that smelt sweet. Certainly not the cigarette smell one is used to. We walked about 100 metres to the end of the alley and still saw nothing that looked liked a bus stop. We asked the only pair of old men there, and they pointed to back up the alley. So again we passed sideshow youths, getting rather anxious as it was almost time to catch the bus and we still had not found the stop. Almost at the end of the alley, we saw a bus pass along the main road ahead and stop. We ran. Cold air of sub zero temperatures hit my lungs. I start to wheeze, but I needed to catch the bus. There is no way I wanted to be stuck there all night if I missed the bus. So we ran about 200 metres to the bus. Wrong bus! The bus driver tried to tell us where to go with more Italian hands, but we were then in minor panic, panting, wheezing, and we could not understand. The kindly bus driver commands a passenger, and the passenger alights the bus and points to the side of the road just in front of the border crossing and said "bus wait". That's where we went wrong. We were looking for a bus stop, not a bus wait, whatever that was. A bus pulls up as we approached the bus wait. The correct bus. It was going to Milano Centrale. Grace, another nice young man and I were the only passengers on the bus. Feeling safe again, I was settling into sleep for the 2 hour journey, when the bus stopped and picked up a group of even more suspicious looking youths, probably the black skin scary cousins of sideshow alley youths. Grace told me to wake her if I was going to sleep. She wanted one of us to stay vigilant. Knowing that she would be travel sick if awake, I decided to do watch duty. To demonstrate to the whole bus that I was not someone to mess with, and to send the message that I was vigilant, I regularly stood up to pretend stretch and pretend look out the window whilst trying to look tough. Whenever the bus stopped and people would walk pass our bags, I would look alert and tough, but without eye contact. I don't know if it was because I actually succeeded in looking tough and alert, or they thought I was mad, or at least very strange, but we had a very uneventful bus ride. I felt bad being so suspicious and reacting so strongly to stereotypes.

    All this midnight adventures just to get to the Alba truffle festival the next day.

    Fortunately we knew where to go when we arrived in Milan as we dropped our suitcases off there 2 days prior. Our hosts were very welcoming of their midnight guests, and our bedroom was invitingly warm. Fnally safe, we had a hot shower and tumbled into bed.
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  • Day12

    Davos

    July 21, 2010 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Unser letztes Etappenziel: Davos (... teuer ist). Und wo muß man dort hin? Natürlich auf den Zauberberg - besser gesagt die Schatzalp.
    Nach dem Postkartenschreiben geht's dann zur Abwechslung auch mal mit der Bahn wieder runter - wir sind halt in der Schweiz :-)
    Zum Abschied von einem sehr schönen Urlaub gibt es echtes Schweizer Käsefondue und einen letzten Blick auf die Rhätische Bahn.Read more

  • Day2

    Maloja and Flüelapass

    July 25 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Down in the valley, it was time to use the Paddle! We decided, despite the strong wind, to go for a short trip on the water. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a bad idea. Not only was it very difficult to come back, but out in the water the paddle suddenly broke. With effort and after quite some time we eventually returned to the entry spot. After enjoying a nice lunch on the board of the lake, our trip continued to St. Moritz, Zernez and ended on the Flüelapass, where we spent the night.Read more

  • Day2

    Tag 2 in Davos

    September 9, 2014 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌫 9 °C

    Um 8 Uhr war Frühstück ausgemacht, anschließend ging es mit dem Bus zur Parsennbahn-Station, wo wir mit der Bahn zum Weißfluhjoch (2680 m) hinauffuhren. Anschließend ging es per Fußmarsch am Häupter Tälli entlang zum Strelapass (2353 m), wo wir in der Berghütte Brotzeit mit einer leckeren Gulaschsuppe machten. Weiter gings am Steig entlang an der Strelaalp vorbei, wo wir den Rodlern auf der Sommerrodelbahn zuschauten, zur Schatzalp.

    Hier gab es dann Kaffee. Mit der Schatzalpbahn ging es wieder runter ins Dorf. Dort gönnten wir uns wieder eine leckere Torte und Kaffee.

    Nun ging es zurück ins Hotel. Nach einer Schwimmbadpause machten wir uns auf zum Raclette-Essen ins Gentiana, das übrigens sehr lecker war. Wieder im Hotel gingen wir zur "Blue Moon Night" mit Verlosung, leider waren wir bei den Gewinnern nicht dabi, aber trotzdem war es wieder ein herrlicher Tag.
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  • Day3

    Tag 3 in Davos

    September 10, 2014 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌫 8 °C

    Nach dem Frühstück ging es mit dem Bus zur Rinerhornbahn-Station und mit der Bahn auf den Jatzmeder (2050m). Von dort aus zum Abirügg (2120 m), weiter zum Hubel mit genialem Blick in 2280 m Höhe. Vom hubel aus wieder zur Rinerhorn-Station Jatzmeder, wo wir unsere Brotzeit einlegten. Mit der Bahn gings wieder runter, 2 Stationen mit dem Bus und dann von Frauenkirch zu Fuß wieder zurück nach Davos in etwa einer Stunde. Mit dem "Stadtbus" ging es dann zurück zum Sportzentrum und heim ins Hotel. Wir waren geschafft, fix und fertig und hatten uns eine Ruhepause verdient, dann ging es wieder ab ins Schwimmbad, wo wir uns so richtig erholen konnten. Abends ging es dann noch nach Teufi zum Käsefondue. wir waren die einzigen Gäste und es war wieder so lecker, wie beim letzten Mal. Nun gab es wieder einen Absacker im Hotel und dann ab ins Bett.Read more

  • Day4

    Tag 4 in Davos

    September 11, 2014 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌫 7 °C

    Nach dem Frühstück, wie immer sehr reichhaltig und lecker fuhren wir mit dem Auto zum Davoser See, wanderten rund um den See, ca. 4,5 km in 1 Std. 10 Min. und fuhren dann anschließend zur Madrisa-Bahnstation, mit der Bahn rauf zum Madrisa (1887 m). Brotzeit machten wir im neuen Madrisahof, wo dann plötzlich ein kräftiger Hagelschauer niederging. Danach waren die Berge total verhangen und wir hatten keine klare Sicht mehr, so dass wir mit der Bahn wieder abwärts fuhren. mit dem Auto ging es zurück nach Davos, wo wir wieder herrlichen Sonnenschein hatten und wo wir uns dann entschieden gleich nach Sertig-Dörfli weiterzufahren um zu dem prächtigen Sertig-Wasserfall zu wandern. Es ist eine ausgedehnte Wanderung, aber der Wasserfall ist das wert, einfach herrlich. Wieder zurück im Sertig-Dörfli machten wir Kaffee-Pause, wo wir diesmal leider ein wenig enttäuscht wurden. zum Abendessen gings wieder mal ins Bündner Stübli in Davos, wo wir ein herrliches, leckeres Abendessen genossen. Zurück im Hotel tranken wir in der Hotelbar unseren beliebten Cocktail und verzogen uns anschließend auf unsere Zimmer.Read more

  • Day1

    Tag 1 - Anreisetag

    September 8, 2014 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌫 10 °C

    Abfahrt von Frankfurt um 8.45 Uhr
    Ankunft in Davos um 15:15 Uhr
    Einchecken ins Steigenberger Hotel.

    Anschließend ging es ins Café Schneider um eine leckere Torte und einen Miclhkaffee zu genießen, worauf wir uns schon lange freuten.

    Weiter ging es mit der Schatzalpbahn zur Schatzalp, von wo aus wir einen kleinen Spaziergang zur Strela Alp und wieder zurück machten.

    Wieder unten angekommen gingen wir ins Migros um einige gesunde Kekse, Trockenobst und Getränke für unsere Wanderungen einzukaufen.

    zurück im Hotel gingen wir ins Schwimmbad um ein wenig zu relaxen.

    Abends ging es dann in die Pöstli-Ecke, wo wir leckere Röstis zu uns nahmen. Abschließend gab es einen Absacker in der Hotelbar, die nach einer Neumöblierung nicht mehr ganz so bequem wie früher war.

    Gute Nacht.
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