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Frutigen-Niedersimmental District

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  • Day1205

    Thunersee

    October 14, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Another day, another beautiful lake scene outside our windows. We feel so fortunate to be able to spend time soaking in Switzerland's stunning landscapes. This evening an orange leaved Horse Chestnut tree arches its branches over Martha's roof. We squeezed between a hedge and a large rock to park on this grassy patch. A flyover behind us emits some traffic noise but the view of the glacial valley ahead is more than worth it.

    Following a three day stint at Lac de Gruyére we'd planned a visit to one of Switzerland's oldest chocolate makers; Maison Cailler. According to the guide book they ran tours with tastings, an activity right up Vicky's street!

    Approaching the village of Broc there were signs to the factory. It quickly became clear the operation was now owned by Nestlé, who had slapped a height barrier on their car park. We made an immediate decision to scrap our plans. For many years now we have avoided buying from Nestlé due to its unethical marketing of baby milk with unhealthy additives such as sucrose and vanilla flavouring, its use of unsustainable palm oil and its practice of pumping water away from areas where indigenous communities have no safe drinking supply and where sensitive ecologies are put at risk.

    Continuing on our journey we spotted a large Migros; a Swiss supermarket we hadn't yet explored. The main car park was underground but signs pointed to a few open air designated motorhome bays with no height restriction- yey! Migros seemed like the equivalent of Tesco, with a wide range of grocery and homeware products. Prices were reasonable (for Switzerland) and interestingly food was taxed at 2.5%, compared to 0% in the UK.

    The main roads channelled us back via Bern and the names of towns began to include more umlauts than acute accents. The motorway exit signs changed from 'sortie' to 'ausfahrt'. We were re-entering a German speaking area.

    After filling with LPG (with a German fitting) at 0.93Sfr per litre and emptying our black and grey water at services off the motorway, we finally arrived at Thunersee. Later in the day we were joined by Scottish Suzie and her partner Peter, originally from Poland. They'd travelled from their home in Kilmarnock, and hired a van in France for their very first motorhome holiday. Having only one week they'd been clocking up the kilometres and were pretty tired, but loving the nomadic lifestyle!
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  • Day15

    The "Chicken Dance" is universal

    July 29, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    Still hanging out at 11,000 feet enjoying the live music and the folks dancing with great joy. Some Americans taught the Chicken Dance to the crowd. Spontaneous dancing breaks out whenever a new group shows up. And Tim and I have been practicing our new skill learned from our new young friends from New Zealand and Australia...taking a panorama picture slowly so you can be in both parts!Read more

  • Day6

    Köisraudtee, et sōita liumäel

    July 2, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Jōudsime tänasesse teise kohta, milleks on täiskasvanute liumägi mäe otsas. Kōigepealt pidime maksma parkimise eest 5 franki ja siis, et mäkke ei peaks ~2h matka tegema, otsustasime köisraudtee kasuks. See oli hingehinna eest - 54euri kaks inimest üles ja alla.

  • Day6

    Rodelnbach Oeschinensee

    July 2, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    = Mountain coaster = Täiskasvanute liumägi. Üks sōit maksis 6 franki. Pileti ära ostmisel oli juba ruttu peale minek. Pōhimōtteliselt nägi see välja ilma äärteta kelk rennis, mille keskel oli kang. Kui kang tōmmata enda suunas siis pidurdas kui lükata endast eemale siis läks kiiremini. Peale istudes viis see natukene veel mäest üles ja siis lasi renni kelgu lahti. Päris vinge hoo sai sisse. Tegime ühe tiiru ära ja siis otsustasime, et teeme teise veel, sest väga lōbus oli. Kui teist piletit ostsime siis onu küsis, kas oleme Soomest pärit (Kolmas kord see reis kui seda küsitakse), vastasime muidugi ei, et Eestist. See liumägi tuli sinka-vonka mäest alla ja oli päris pikk sōit. Elurahul olime.Read more

  • Day15

    Our descent from the top

    July 29, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    The band played on. The visitors danced. And we headed back down the mountain, had a burger in the great outdoors at 8,000 feet and then got off in Mürren to take a final Walk down to the cable car at Gimmelwald.

  • Day6

    Can you take too many pictures?

    July 20, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    We are listening to a "band" at 10,000 feet!

  • Day7

    Oeschinensee und der Muskelkater

    August 16, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Ich brauchte etwas Action nachdem ich die erste große Wanderung in Lauterbrunnen ein wenig verpasst hatte. Also ab zu ner Rodelbahn gepaart mit Wanderung an einen beeindruckenden Bergsee.
    Mos erste Wanderung hat ihn nachträglich doch noch ziemlich geärgert > an dieser Stelle sei erwähnt, dass ihr unbedingt das Video ansehen solltet!
    Und wir kennen ihn nicht anders... der Draufgänger wäre doch tatsächlich fast aus der Rodelbahn gefallen.
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  • Day21

    Schilthorn. WOW !!!!!!!!

    May 9, 2017 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    Wow is international language for 'I do not believe what I am looking at, and clearly no one else in this cable car does either'. It's spoken in unison by all the very moment we break through the clouds. I don't have language, English or otherwise, to say any more. A few photos try in their own way. We've waited days for the weather to clear, and now this is the moment. Its all very very blue, which is very much loved. A tasty lunch topped it all off.Read more

  • Day10

    Up Schilthorn

    July 31, 2017 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    We had breakfast at the top of Schilthorn today which is two cable car trips from Murren where we are staying.

    We arrived to find the rotating restaurant was giving us a 360 degree view of fog. Then the sun found us...

You might also know this place by the following names:

Frutigen-Niedersimmental District, Verwaltungskreis Frutigen-Niedersimmental, Districte administratiu de Frutigen-Niedersimmental, Frutigen-Suba Simme-Valo, Distrito administrativo de Frutigen-Niedersimmental, Arrondissement administratif de Frutigen-Bas-Simmental, Circondario amministrativo di Frutigen-Niedersimmental

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