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    • Day 6

      Bern, Switzerland

      May 5, 2018 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      Another fantastic day in Swizerland! A 90 minute train trip from Schwyz found us in Bern where Imelda's daughter, Jeanine, and her partner Oliver live.

      With Imelda and Rische we toured this beautiful city, historic sites, including their Capitol building, got a fantastic history lesson and, of course, shopped.

      We loved how our hosts insisted on stopping every hour or so for coffee, beer and a small snack. Most memorable stop was for a beer and snack at Albert Einstein's home.

      Last stop was the Rose Garden obetlooking old Bern city. Ed had a chance to discuss relativity with Albert and suggest he square the value of "c" to make his theory work.

      At days end Jeanine and Oliver hosted us in their home for dinner. Oliver made fantastic civiche then grilled chicken and wurst (sausage) on their apartment's deck. Wunderbar!

      A fast walk to the bus stop got us back to the train station barely in time for the last train back to Schwyz and we were back just after midnight. Thank goodness for Swiss obsession with being on time.
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    • Day 38

      Der Pass Hagenegg

      April 7, 2023 in Switzerland

      Der nächste Berg steht an: ca 500 Höhenmeter überwinde ich und anschließend geht es fast doppelt so tief bergab. Mitten auf dem Berg finde ich mich in einem eisigen Schneetreiben wieder.

    • Mystischer Mythen im 🌧🌧 Monsun ⛰️🌧

      September 5, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ 10 °C

      🌧🌧🌧 Sᴄʜᴏ̈ɴᴇʀ ᴀʟs ᴊᴇᴛᴢᴛ ᴋᴀɴɴ ᴅᴇʀ Rᴇɢᴇɴ ɴɪᴄʜᴛ ғᴀʟʟᴇɴ! 🌧🌧

      Es gibt kein schlechtes Wetter 🤔 😅 naja... ich denke, diese Aussage revidiere ich!!!! Wandern im Dauerregen macht echt wenig Fun! 🏔🌧🌧 ... Einmal nass bis auf die Knochen bitte 😖 ... ich war echt komplett durch! Zurück am Auto konnte ich beide Schuhe einmal auskippen 😳 🥾🥾💧 das hat nicht nur so' n büschen geregnet, das hat geduscht! 🌧🌧🚿

      Irgendwie mystisch der '𝗠𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗻' im Nebel oder?!?!☺ nie wieder werde ich bei so einem Sauwetter freiwillig einen Gipfel besteigen!
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    • Day 8

      Chillen und dann Klettern in der ️

      April 3, 2021 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

      *** English version below ***

      Wir hatten eine gute Nacht am Ibergeregg Pass - beim Aufwachen war allerdings klar: heute wird es erst später losgehen. Wir saßen im dichten Nebel bei um 0 Grad 🥶 .

      Wir lasen beide unsere mitgenommenen Bücher der Bordbibliothek - irgendwann muss das ja auch mal sein 😜

      Gegen Mittag ging es dann wieder hinab ins Tal - hier oben auf fast 1.500 Metern würde es heute nichts mehr werden. In Schwyz kurz einkaufen und dann setzte langsam die Sonne ein.

      Anna hatte ein nettes Klettergebiet direkt vor der Stadt Seewen bei Schwyz gefunden: 5 Minuten ab Parkplatz und über 70 Routen in in tollem Kalkfels - juhu! Wir kletterten beide bis in den späten Abend bei herrlicher Sonne ☀️

      Danach ging es an das Standplatzfinden: wir hatten sofort einen ins Auge gefasst und waren sehr zufrieden: direkt am See (kleiner See nördlich vom Vierwaldstätter See) und nix los! Zwar gibt’s keine Sanitäranlagen direkt am Platt mit Frischwasser - aber ein Blick auf das Pössl-Panel zeigt: obwohl wir 7 Tage unterwegs sind, haben wir noch 50% = 50 l Frischwasser im Tank (siehe Foto mit Bertram drauf).

      Nach dem Abendessen gibt’s heute nochmal einen Film, getarnt war “Nachtzug nach Lissabon” im ZDF dran, mal sehen was es heute gibt!

      *** English version ***

      We had a calm and quiet night at the Ibergeregg pass. But waking up in the morning, we saw that we err surrounded by dense fog with 0° outside temperature 🥶 Therefore, we took it slowly and advanced our reading of the books brought along in the board library 📚

      Around midday we made a choice: the weather would take too long to clear here at 1,500 meters of altitude, thus, descending into the valley made more sense.

      We shopped some groceries at Coop in Schwyz and then explored a little gem of a climbing area: just outside of a neighboring town of Schwyz, we found a spot with 70+ routes, great rock, and facing south-west. With increasing sunshine, we climbed until late into the evening 😍

      We then were lucky to find a great parking spot at the shore of a smaller lake north of Vierwaldstätter Lake, just a 10 minute drive! We had no sanitary facilities with freshwater here, however, we still have 50% = 50 l left in the tank after 7 days on the road, we have been really economical!

      Now, it’s dinner time and probably another movie: yesterday’s was “Night train to Lisbon” - really nice!
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    • Day 45

      Coffee and Crazy Golf

      July 24, 2016 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      A nice walk around the village after breakfast with a stop so Louie could play in the park while we all had coffee. Louie challenged John and Francis to a game of crazy mini golf. We headed back to the Fisher's for lunch and Francis made a yummy fondue. Unfortunately, we had to leave the Fishers to return to Zurich.

      Thank you Francis and Kate for a most enjoyable weekend and Louie for allowing us to be your Aussie grandparents for a few days
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    • Day 14

      Le Lac des Quatre Cantons

      July 16, 2020 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

      Depuis Lucerne, la pluie s'est invitée au programme. Elle rend inutile la montée au mont Rigi afin d'apprécier le panorama sur le lac. Malgré tout nous prenons un ferry pour le traverser et allons rendre visite à Guillaume Tell, son fils et son arbalète. Ce serait une légende, mais néanmoins elle a donné les fondations de ce qu'est la Suisse aujourd'hui.
      Nous terminons la journée à l'usine Victorinox où se fabrique les fameux couteaux suisses.
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    • Day 1

      Schweiz - check

      June 7, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌬 27 °C

      Wer feiert, kann auch arbeiten. Oder eben verschlafen. Aber alles passiert aus einem Grund.
      Anstatt über Düsseldorf nach Nizza zu fliegen, sitze ich jetzt im Flixbus. Ich habe Platz, es ist klimatisiert und ich fahre eine super coole Strecke.
      1. Highlight: Konstanz
      2. Highlight: Schweiz, Zürich
      Weiter geht's über Mailand :)
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    • Lucerne - day 13

      April 24, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

      So today I woke up feeling a bit worse, had coughed a fair bit overnight and then woke up at 9am. Rowena then took us on a wee drive around Stienen and we visited the swiss army knife factory - Victorinox – where we might have bought a few things. We both got a ceramic knife which is supposed to stay sharp for ages, and reduce the crying issue when chopping onions, and also several little knives which have lots of little gadgets. Rowena also took me to a pharmacy that had lots of natural remedies, hope they work.

      Then we had a stop at a café near Lake Lucerne, and decided not to take the boat as it was pretty rough. It was just under an hour on the train with 1 train change which was pretty easy and got there around 1pm. We spent the afternoon in Lucerne browsing the shops, taking silly pictures, and walked up the hill to a castle which had lovely views. Things really are pretty expensive here which was great as we weren’t tempted to spend any money. We caught the train back around 6pm, and Rowena cooked us a lovely meal of meatballs, pasta and salad.

      Oh, yes we might have found a chocolate shop as well. We both picked up a visitors guide, and 1 page had an advert for this shop, and by presenting the page we got 4 lindt chocolate truffles. Of course we had to visit that shop.

      So tomorrow I am hoping that the remedies work as we are on the road again tomorrow. Heading for Innsbruck, and stopping off in Litchenstein on the way.

      And forgot a funny story from yesterday. Rowena’s husband does a lot of skiing and pointed out the hill that he skis on that you can see from their house. He drives to the train to get there, and I asked when he put his ski boots on, and he said when he got out of the car. I said that he must be comfortable in them, and he said well I can’t drive in them! I think he would if he could tho.
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    • Visp and Steimen - day 12

      April 23, 2019 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      We had a rather leisurely start this morning. I have had a bit of a sore throat and cough, so trying not to overdo it. It also was raining lightly this morning so that made it easier to stay in bed for a while. So we left the motorcamp at around 10am, and then got a bit distracted at the Lidl supermarket in Brigg (I loved Lidl when I was in Croatia, so wanted to visit another one). We were then heading to Rowena’s place (an old friend of Jody’s who has lived in Switzerland for 27 years). We left Brigg around 12, and googlemaps said we would arrive at Rowena’s in 2.5 hours. And then the journey began….

      It started off quite well, the roads were a bit narrow but not in great condition. The view was amazing again with such lovely little buildings all around and lots of little villages. As we went along, there was more and more snow, and the roads got narrower though the view got better. We seemed to be heading for some really high snowy mountains, but there didn’t seem to be a pass. At one stage we were heading for a tunnel, and found a round red sign that looked like it was a stop sign. We sort of thought that maybe we shouldn’t go through the tunnel, so I got out and asked the car behind us, and they didn’t have any idea either. So I beckoned the 3rd car through, and they went down a narrow path beside the tunnel, the other car followed, and I went to as well. But then a car came from the other way, so we waited for them, and then went on the narrow path. It was a couple of kms long, and it was very fortuitous that no cars came towards us, as there really wasn’t any room. It looked like a slip had fallen over the tunnel which is why we wouldn’t have got through it. When we got back on the road, it looked like there was a petrol station. We drove past that, through the town and then headed again for the mountains. The snow was encroaching on the road, and there was only just enough room for us to get through. I started thinking that this road really wasn’t a goer, and then we came across another red stop sign – looked like the road was closed. So we found somewhere to do a youie houie (missed a good photo opportunity there!) and went back through the time. There was a sign pointing us back to Brigg, but that seemed a long way to backtrack. So I thought we could go back to the gas station, and see if there was another option. Lo and behold but it wasn’t a gas station at all – it was a car train! The next train was at 1.05, and it was 1.00. So we quickly bought a ticket, drove over to the guard who showed us where to drive and we were on. He then handed us an A4 sheet of paper with about 10 different languages – basically saying that as we were pretty high, we couldn’t drive into the covered part of the train and we would have to wait at the other end for them to help us off. The train journey was around 15 minutes, and all the cars ahead of us just drove forward to get off. The cars behind us had to wait for the guard to open up some side gates, and maneuver us forward and back to get us off. The pass we went under was called the Furkapass (not what we were calling it!), and apparently it is only open for 5 months of the year. I have just seen picture of it, and driving under seems a preferable option.

      So the road after the tunnel was still a bit snowy and not well repaired, but then we started seeing some signs that looked like a motorway – yeehaa! The motorway still wasn’t amazing, and we went down a huge hill with hairpin bends (pleased that Nico has a manual gear), and finally got to the bottom of that and got on a road that I could even set cruise control on. We stopped at a gas station off the motorway and had lunch – ie Jody heated up our meat patties and cut up some stuff to go with them while I lay on my bed for a while. And then it was off on our final leg to Rowena’s in Steimen.

      What a lovely place this is. Rowena is a kiwi, but married Paul who is Swiss, and they have lived in this house for 27 years. We had a lovely dinner – bruschetta, rosti, and fleisch kase (translates as meat cheese). Rowena and Paul had a good time laughing at the routes that we have taken so far. Apparently the St Bernhard pass that we did on the first day was one that not many people would take by choice, and today’s effort was even better. Paul has been great at helping us with our route for the next few days – maps out all over the table. Interesting for me trying to login to my google drive on their wifi as it only gives me German and French as language choices. But very lovely hosts with a washing machine, and we get to sleep in beds where we don’t need to use ladders to climb into them – a bonus! Nico is currently parked in their driveway, but is on a bit of a lean so when Jody went in there with her socks on she slipped from one end to the other.

      So tomorrow we intend to go into Lucerne either by boat or train depending on what the weather is like.
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    • Day 45

      Brunnen Train Station

      July 24, 2016 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      What a great few days it went so quickly but we are now heading back to Zurich.

      Yes, we have been upgraded apparently as we are now classified as a regular customer now not sure how that works but who cares this room is so much bigger we even have a small kitchen and a washing machine. Looks like washing will be on the agenda tonight.Read more

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