Our Snow Angels
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Hotel Restaurant Derby Zermatt
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Read my review - 4/5 stars
After an overnight stop at the Derby Hotel (Zermatt), which included a whooping big, long, hot bath each (except for the pommy one amongst us - he’s a bit frightened of bathing), we were back on the train to Konstanz. We were now, by far, the most feral first class passengers on board. We’d remembered to take toothbrushes, clean socks and nickers, but somebody forgot the hair brush - ha ha can’t blame Bill for that one (that’s because he doesn’t bathe or brush his hair). Poor little Brandi-Chanel’s shoe soles had cracked (not too mention poor old Bill still wearing his steptoe and son classics). The melted snow had seeped through soaking her feet, (and Bill’s feet were wet too - poor old Billy) so we placed plastic bags over her socks and the shoes over the top - very trendy. Bad luck Bill, we could only afford two bags and besides you’re too old to look trendy. We’d also had plastic Aldi shopping bags full of groceries and grog, cause we’re too scabby to buy food on the train. Thankfully we did remember the plastic wine glasses or we’d have been drinking our $2 Aldi red wine straight from the bottle to add to our already sophisticated look. Most other first classer’s had the 3 course meal. We were glad we hadn’t spent the additional 200 bucks, cause their tucka looked yuk (Brandi reckoned their green vegies looked like snot on a plate).
Day 3 we went by train to Zurich and took a cruise around the lake. Day 4 we took another train to Luzern we took a cruise to Burgenst then went up Mount Rigi by tram. It was the most pristine of anything we’ve ever seen. Bill even said it was “fantastic, a highlight, a 9 1/2 out of 10, majestic, great mate - woof”
Swiss legend has it that Belgian King Leopold drove his Packard 120 Convertible Coupe down the steep bank just before Kussnacht and crashed into a pear tree. Unfortunately his wife, Queen Astrid, died in the accident. The grieving King had the car submerged into Lake Luzern, at an abyss south of the Meggenhorn. But Leopold never overcame the loss of his wife. Every time he came back to Switzerland on vacation, he visited the chapel, which was built in memory of Astrid.
After a particularly wild dream, he remembered the jewellery box with Astrid’s gems, rings, brooches, bracelets and earrings. On August 29, exactly four years after the accident, he boarded a steamboat with his backpack full of gems. As the ship was near the Meggenhorn, he threw the stones over board into the water, one after the other
In August 2010, scuba-diver, Leo B, dug through the sand at the base of the 30 meter high Schillerstein (south of the Meggenhorn) and found a stone, a sparkling emerald. That evening, for no apparent reason at all, Leo B lost control over his vehicle. As the car and the body were retrieved, the policemen were surprised to find the stone in the pocket of his blazer. The name of is wife, as it was written in the obituary, is Astrid.
A beautiful, tragic, goose bumpy love story that one.
Before leaving Switzerland we went to check our bank account, but hang on a second what happened to all that money.....
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