On top of the World!

Trip Start Apr 12, 2008
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Trip End Jun 18, 2008


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Saturday, May 3, 2008

<Brian's brief chronological list of "highlights" (and of whinging)>
 
- Rode another cable car that went up to the Schilthorn... the top of one of the snow capped mountains that features a rotating restaurant... which was also used as the set of the James Bond movie... which is something they don't really hide with all the 007 merchandise they try and sell you.
- The view from above was fantastic... surely the best scenery in all of Europe (so far anyways, would be hard to beat anyways!).
- On the way down the cable cars, we stopped at the half way point and found an entry door to the ski slopes which wasn't used much with a large area of untouched snow... so we went crazy and played in the snow... snowball fights, making a snowman, making a snow angel... when we left, looked a battle had taken place with the area all messed up...HAHA.
- Went to the "Stagerstubli" restaurant for dinner again, this time had cheese fondue and an order of hash browns with melted cheese on top... the hash browns were awesome again... the cheese fondue was a bit strong of alcohol so wasn't a big fan.
- Did laundry at Murrens "new" laundromat (which the locals are very excited about as their tourists would stay at another town due to lack of a laundromat!). Cost 5sfr for a wash and another 5sfr for a dry... both took 1.25hrs each... so took ages... DS to the rescue! And yay, clean clothes again!
 
<Lang's Extended Version>
 
I woke up this morning to a glorious view from our window - the sun shining on the alps in the distance. We were heading up to the Schilthorn today, where the ancient 007 James Bond 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' movie was set.
 
After a wonderful breakfast of fresh bread, butter, jam, yoghurt, muesli and coffee, we headed out to take the Schilthornbahn to the summit. Did I tell you the view was breath-taking? Maybe it was just the altitude gain as we were 2973m above sea level by the time we reached the Piz Gloria station up the top..
 
Anyway, we quickly left the station, headed up 2 escalators and made our way outside. The air was cold and the ground was covered with a layer of snow, some melted or crushed down by other visitors, which made it a little slippery at times, but we didn't care.. We were on top of the world!!
 
After a good hour outside, we headed into the rotating restaurant to get some colour back into our cheeks and also ordered a cappuccino and hot chocolate. It was just what we needed. We sat in the restaurant for one whole rotation which took about 45 minutes and saw some dare-devil skiers make their descent from a railing. Wow that looked totally scary as they'd climb on top of a rail and then ski down the steep slope..
 
We headed downstairs and watched a little snippet of the making of the James Bond movie and once that was finished, we headed back outside again. The next couple of hours was spent jumping in and out, having snowball fights and then running back inside again to thaw out our poor frozen fingers..
 
By around 3pm, we decided to head back down on the gondola. At the half way stop, we got off for a toilet break and also to check out what was around. When I got out of the loo, Brian pointed at a door to the left which said 'ski access area' and wondered if we were allowed outside or not.. I didn't really need any more encouragement, I just pushed the door open and headed outside..
 
WOW, the area was covered in fresh snow and it was literally untouched apart from one set of footprints heading to the left.. It was so powdery and soft. When you took a step, your leg literally crushed the snow down until you where knee high in snow.. It was kinda difficult to walk around, but we did anyway and I even attempted to make my first ever snow angel.. ahaha.. yeah, it was hilarious!! By the time we were done, the whole area was trampled on.. =P
 
Back down in Murren, we stocked up on junk food at the local co-op store, it was funny as Brian carried it all back without a bag down the street to the chalet and everyone asked him for some..
 
That night we tried the Cheese Fondue and another Potato Rosti at the Stagerstubli.. The fondue wasn't really my type of thing as it had way too much alcohol in it to even taste the cheese, but the rosti was delicious though.
 
After dinner, we decided to do a load of washing, it took over 2 hours to wash and dry our clothes. It was hysterical when we walked/ran back to the chalet in the dark in our thongs. Brian looked like the grinch tip-toeing through the streets with a bag of stolen toys or something..
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