Switzerland
Switzerland

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  • Day1

    La Rade et Jet d'Eau

    January 8 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 2 °C

    Started my day with the Geneva water front with a lovely walk along the La Rade! This included seeing the Jet d’Eau, literally a jet of water, pretty accurate when it’s 140m water fountain. The walk gave beautiful views of the new and old side of the city, a really lovely start to my time in Geneva!

  • Day1

    St. Peter Cathedral

    January 8 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    What a historic cathedral this was. Built between 1150 and 1230 as a Roman Catholic Church for Geneva, it later became the centre for the reformation in the 1500 and still to do this day as John Calvin’s chair, one of the orchestrators of the Protestant reformation. Amazing to see after studying it for over a year!!Read more

  • Day2

    Tour of the United Nations Geneva

    January 9 in Switzerland ⋅ ❄️ 1 °C

    Starting the day with a tour of the United Nations in Geneva. This place was originally home to the League of Nations between WW1 and WW2 but subsequently became the home of a number of the institutions that make up the modern day UN.

    After full airport style security and an immigration style security check (no I’m not a terrorist, no I haven’t been to the likes of Syria), I was in and able to explore the grounds before heading inside for my guided tour.

    The tour was fanatic and due to it being a quiet day at the UN we were able to visit all the main rooms! This included the home of the original general assembly and the original offices of the League of Nations. This compared to the newest state room, which is home to an amazing ceiling of art. Changing colour we’re ever you are in the room, the art work is designed to show that the same thing can be different depending on your location. Thus emulating the most important thing about the UN, the difference of opinion and the need to reconciliation and agreement.

    The tour finished with a beautiful view of the lake and the mountains leading to Mount Blanc, oh and fair load of snow!
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  • Day2

    The International Red Cross Museum

    January 9 in Switzerland ⋅ ❄️ 1 °C

    Next stop of the day is the International Red Cross Museum.

    Directly opposite the main building of the UN is the International Red Cross museum, a fantastic museum full of the history of this international institution.

    The highlight was the original Geneva Convention document and the archive of World War I prisoner documents.

    Definitely worth visiting and increased my knowledge on the history work of the Red Cross!
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  • Day84

    Beautiful Lake Lucerne

    September 9, 2017 in Switzerland ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    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 ⋅ ☁️ 0 °C

    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

  • Day2

    The fast train to Switzerland

    June 5, 2018 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    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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  • Day99

    Gimmelwald

    September 13, 2017 in Switzerland ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

    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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  • Day100

    Allmendhubel Mürren

    September 14, 2017 in Switzerland ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    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

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