Can you actually overdose on cheese?
Trip Start May 23, 2008
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Sunday was a realy lovely "family day" out with Peter able to accompany Jaqueline, Desiree and myself on a drive to the lakes district in the Canton of Fribourg (Switzerland is devided up into different regions, almost like states), which is about half an hours drive from Bern - nothing is ever really that far away in Switzerland! Our first stop was a cute little medievil town called Murten, which is situated on a lake called Lake Morat, and the location where Peter and Jaqueline got married. Although they call it one of the smaller lakes, any ammount of water in Switzerland is going to be quite large! there are 3 major lakes in the area, all interconnected by canals. The weather was pretty dreary, but the lakes and surroundings were still beautiful, and the old town was bright and colourful with the everpresent window boxes full of flowers, and swiss flags lining the main street
After lunch we drove up to the top of one of the hills in the area to check out the view over the lakes. They - as most lakes in Switzerland are - are absolutely massive. Sometimes they are so big that when you stand on the shore, you cannot see the otherside, and could probably mistake them for the sea. They have such a huge ammount of water, although they are still very consious of wasting it
But of course the benefit of so much rain is everything is beautiful and green! The drive back down the hill was gorgeous, like one of those car ads where the car is driving along the tree-lined country roads, with all the autumn leaves flicking up and blowing around as it drives past. We drove to the nearby capital city of the area, Fribourg, which is now my most favourite city in the whole of Switzerland. Its absolutely beautiful. Stone houses and terraces line the cliff edges and riverbanks, and rows and rows of apartment style dwellings with slate roofs wind along the narrow streets. It looks so old and classically european that i can almost imagine Oliver Twist wandering around. It was cold, dark, drab, and so cool! It even had a big gothic cathedral in the centre of town, with its huge spire towering over the city. We drove through the main part of the town, then out to a huge bridge with a great view over the city, which proved as a very nice photo stop.
After Fribourg we headed back to Bern and had a very Swiss dinner of Raclette, which i loved even more than fondue
And im still not getting a full nights sleep, i was up until 2am trying to catch up on blogs. Unfortunately there is just not enough hours in the day at the moment! Though my theory seems to be that theres plenty of time to sleep when your dead.
Yesterday (Monday) Desiree and me were up nice and early to catch the 9am train to Zermatt, in the foothills of one of their most beautiful (and high) and most famous peaks, The Matterhorn. It took us almost 2 hours to reach the chalet-style town, and then another hour to to reach the summit of Gornergrat, which gives you spectacular views over all the mountains in the area. In fact, Switzerlands 10 highest mountains are all visible from this particular area, and are all at over 4000m high.
We got lucky with the weather, with blue skies and only a small ammount of cloud, as we were assending up to Gornergrat the Matterhorn slowly came into view
When we finally tired of the mountains we caught the train back down to Zermatt. Unfortunately, in cars or trains i seem to drift off to sleep really really quickly, and couldnt keep my eyes open on the way down so i missed the lovely views, but as soon as we got back down the bottom i was all powernaped up and ready to go
We had a quiet night in and i spent another night catching up on blogs till the early hours, and then today was what i call a lazy day, as Desiree had to work and i needed a break from sightseeing. Not that the sightseeing didnt stop. I woke up at 11am and in the afternoon Jaqueline and Leila took me back to the mediastore where i had bought my replacement mp3 player, as i had to swap it as it was broken
So I am still LOVING Switzerland! even the cold isnt bothering me. I even get excited when it starts to rain! There have been a couple of nights where i have fallen asleep to the rain on the roof, because im on the top floor its so nice!
Tomorrow Desiree is at work again, but the rest of us are going down to the lakes near Geneva for the day. Also coming up, we are going to a soccer match (woo hooo) and exploring the city of Lucerne.
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haha Elly - I love it that you got to comment before my mum, that make me laugh. She was so mad! hahaha not really, but she made comment on it when i spoke to her. I found it very ammusing. Yeah both Paris and Switzerland have been utterly amazing. When i first set off, i didnt really know what to expect, though its been more amazing than i could have ever imagined. My whole way of living now revolves around where i am or where i will be the next day. It really gives you the chance to have unlimited experiences, though i never thought that i would meet so many australians! the one thing that suprised me though was how many random people you would talk to, on the bus, in your hostel rooms etc. You end up talking to them like you have known them for years, and then the next day they leave and you meet someone new. Being in Switzerland in a house has ment that i havent had much contact like that, and im starting to miss it a little bit. But im still loving being in a real house and chucking my shit all over the room and not having to worry that someone is going to steal my stuff! There hasnt really been anything bad, except maybe i didnt realise how tiring it would be. Travelling is hard work! And i hate to think how many memories i would have lost if i hadnt done my blog, its going to be great to read over when i get back home. Hows work and everything going? Are you wearing shorts and thongs again yet?
Mum - phleeeze, why are you making comments in regards to my romantic moment with Liz up the Eiffel tower? Your making me feel uncomfortable
Donna - First off i didnt actually physically walk up the Eiffel tower, you cant. Its all elevators, which means that there was 0 calorie burning undertaken. Do you burn calories standing in a line? Cause that would be handy, i do alot of that. Trust me though, im putting on weight! I wish i had heard some yodeling, i missed out on that. Maybe there will be some in Austria when i get there in about a month. Larry is on his way home, we will see how everything goes with him. Dont worry about him though, these things happen.