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  • Day6

    Back on the ground...

    July 20, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    After riding a cable car or two back down to Murren, we rode our first train down to Lauterbrunnen and then caught our first bus back to our home in the hinterlands. Tom said the brunch at the rotating restaurant was still the highlight of the day. My highlight was when I was in a shop in Murren buying socks for hiking. I pointed to the pathway outside the door and asked where I would end up if I kept walking. She looked at me with a straight face and said, "New York?"

    By the by, I have perfected my favorite German phrase. "Sprechen sie English? Meine Deutsch ist sehr schlecht." Do you speak English? My German is very bad. "

    We also watched paragliders on Murren taking off, which we will do Monday. And who could resist these directions?
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  • Day15

    Swiss Skyline: What a View!

    September 10, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    The three main mountain attractions in the Berner Oberland region are the Eiger, the Mönsch and the Jungfrau. Today, we saw them all from the Mountain View Trail, a trek that took us up and down over some very tough terrain. The trail was advertised as a two-hour “moderate” hike from Grütschalp to Mürren. Ha! First, the tourist office person failed to point out that Mürren is 400m higher in elevation than Grütschalp. Second, the sign posts lie - it was not two hours but more like four. Enough complaining - this was a spectacular hike. All along the route, the three peaks - and many others - floated along the horizon. The app on my iPhone recorded 7km and 90 floors - I believe it.

    As we huffed and puffed along, we came across groups of cows, all with bells making the mountains the amphitheatre for a symphony. The cows are in the process of coming down from their summer on the high mountain pastures - think “Heidi”. Who decides which cow gets the biggest bell? Is it a weekly competition based on milk production?

    We were at the point of complete exhaustion when we came to a restaurant set off all by itself in Sonnenberg far from anything other than a few rustic huts. A few words about cheese in this neck of the woods. I ordered something described on the English translation of the menu as “cheese pie”. I assumed that they meant “quiche”. Wrong. The cheese pie was an inch-thick slab of cheese on a pastry base. Delicious but do not mention this to my GP!

    Once again, the efficiency of the Swiss transportation systems is impressive. To get to the start of our hike, we took two trains and a gondola, all of which were coordinated. The return trip consisted of two gondolas, a bus and train - with no more than two minutes between each. Awesome!
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  • Day88

    Murren- up in the Alps

    September 13, 2017 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

    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

  • Day14

    The pace has infected us...

    July 28, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    At some point yesterday, a grand scheme was hatched to visit a place known for its beauty and cultural significance in a nearby town. But at 2 am, I awoke and realized that with only a few days left I cannot leave this valley. Our life here happens at walking speed, except for our few failed attempts to go to a big city of say, you know, 5000 people. When we do ride the bus, it is only to Lauterbrunnen, which now feels like a trip to New York, though it has only 2500 people. Even the cog wheel trains into the mountains run on a gear.

    Nothing is fast here in the valley. Nothing is supersized. I cook in our little Swiss sized kitchen with a mini refrigerator and no microwave. If you want bread, you can go to the camping store across the road and order it to be delivered fresh the next day. Across the street, the farmer sells the fresh milk he gets from the cows we visit every day.

    I am already anxious about re- entry. Usually as we approach the end of a vacation, I am anxious to come home. This is the first place I have ever been where I don't want to leave. I told Tim before we left that my greatest fear in coming here was not of the paraglider but that I would never want to leave. That fear had been realized. I am living in the Elven kingdom here.

    So today, as I write this to you with tears I can't explain, I decided to send you pictures of our home away from home.

    You, our friends, our family, are what calls us back to our abode... but in my heart, this is the only home I will ever know ... it took a lifetime to find it.
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  • Day13

    About those clothes headed to the US...

    July 27, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    After a quick lunch at home we dragged ourselves out the door this afternoon walking to a bus stop via our trail and then heading up on two cable cars to Murren to watch the sun set. Joke was on us. You can see from the progression of pictures that the sky lowered and then the wind and rain came in with a 20 degree temperature drop. Change in plans! We were in shorts and tshirts. Caught a train in the other direction and took a cable back to Lauterbrunnen. Best thing about the rain disaster was meeting Jayde and Steve, from New Zealand and Australia who are currently vacationing from Hong Kong, where he teaches school. We may have them housesit for us next summer as they want to come to the Pacific Northwest for more adventure. You would love them!Read more

  • Day12

    Free afternoon? No problem.

    July 26, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    After a quick lunch, we took that ten pound box of winter clothing and mailed it back to myself in the states... since it was 95 degrees again. Then to escape the heat, we had this grand plan we would ride a train to the lake and then to the high mountains. Surprise! It was hotter there. So we caught another train back to the end of our little valley and the start of our morning walk. There is a hotel and restaurant in this out if the way place, and we sat outside in the gathering clouds. Wow! Best food I have ever eaten...no joke. Then we hiked home in a gentle rain from there on a new part of the trail by our home. Found another beautiful waterfall tucked away by the trail. I don't normally post pictures of food, but this homemade pesto was unbelievable. Now it is thundering and pouring, coming off the earth. Good night all!Read more

  • Day15

    The last full day...

    July 29, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    The valley was full of clouds this morning, but we have access to the web cams, and at Schilthorn, the sun was shining. So we are ending the trip the way we started...above 11,000 feet staring at the vista that happens 360 degrees around us. We are without altitude sickness this time, and our pace is slower. We savor hot chocolate and fresh apple muffins in the cafe and slowly take it all in should we never pass this way again.Read more

  • Day20

    Lauterbrunnen. Sleep under 5 waterfalls

    May 8, 2017 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Yep, there are five waterfalls in view as we tuck in for the night. This is because this glacial valley has vertical walls over 200 meters high. It's a long way for water and base jumpers to fall. Some waterfalls are INSIDE the mountains, and the Swiss drill tunnels so you can visit them too. Wonderous, but there's more to come...

    This is only half an hour up the road from Interlaken. We stayed in Stechenburg, close to the lifts up to Schilthorn. Walked back from Lauterburnnen , and went to Trummelbach falls.
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  • Day12

    Murren and Schilthorn

    September 20, 2017 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    Made weather decision to move on to Murren instead of trying the Jungfraujoch and Eiger.
    Really nice hotel in Murren with great views.
    Did the big Schilthornift from Murren
    Spent 3 hrs on top waiting for clouds to clear, and they did!
    Rotating restaurant and long lunch made the wait easy.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Mürren, Muerren, مورن, ミューレン, Мюррен, 3825, 米伦

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