Swiss Chocolate + Swiss Alps = Bliss in Heaven
Trip Start Mar 21, 2010
144Trip End Mar 16, 2011
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We drove through Milan and Genova and Como to get to Lauterbrunnen. We skipped Milan and from what we saw we didn’t miss much. Genova was a big city with a huge port. Lake Como was amazing, what a great spot and glad we are stopping there next. When we past through the Italian/Swiss border the Swiss countryside is AMAZING. Well amazing isn’t the right word, I don’t think there is a word to describe just how stunning Switzerland really is. We drove through Switzerland countryside for several hours and went through many tunnels including one that was 17 kms long. As we were cruising along Troy was amazed at the scenery and also Switzerland reminded Mary why its one of her favourite countries in the world
We arrived at our accommodation called Camping Jungfrau, a camping ground with heaps of dorms, huts, tents, a kitchen, bike hire, internet, a supermarket and restaurant. We originally booked into a 6 bed dorm but decided to grab a private cabin because Mary is not well. We grabbed some swiss francs from the ATM and then had dinner in the restaurant. We were very tired after a very long bus trip so cooking was not happening. We had rosti (a grated potato pancake) and german sausages with pasta and salad. After dinner we went straight to bed. Mary is not feeling well - sore throat, bad cough and now a chest infection that is really peeving me off big time. I started feeling unwell in Cinque Terre and its just getting worse. What a country to get sick in - Switzerland. Swiss Alps + Swiss Chocolate = Bliss (but now just need to get rid of this virus thing). Switzerland is heaven on earth.
5 JUNE 2010 - Mary feeling a bit better after taking some drugs but far from feeling 100%. We had muesli and milk for breakfast in our cabin. We also had a hot chocolate which wasn’t too bad but we got to have better
6 JUNE 2010 - We had swiss muesli (Familia - Beeren Crunch, muesli croquant - orange packet with strawberries on it) is yummo and milk/yoghurt and hot chocolate for breakfast, yum! After breakfast we walked to the Lauterbrunnen train station and went to Interlaken for the day. It only took about 20 minutes on the train travelling through fantastic scenery. Switzerland is such a clean and beautiful country and the Swiss are so good with recycling (they ought to teach some other European countries). We hopped off at Interlaken Ost and walked into town. Interlaken is well known for its adventure sports such as whitewater rafting, kayaking, sky diving, paragliding etc. We sat for a while and watched several paragliders land. We had lunch of bratwurst and rosti. We walked around checking out the many shops and then returned to Lauterbrunnen in the late afternoon. Mary really feels like crap and it feels like its not getting any better. Had a rest and then dinner and then bed.
7 JUNE 2010 - This morning we got up pretty early so we could get the Busabout bus to Lucerne as a side trip for the day
8 JUNE 2010 - Troy and I are both sick as dogs. Troy finally caught my virus and now we are both coughing a lot and have the sweats and feeling like crap. We took it easy this morning, stayed in bed for sometime just trying to feel a bit more human and have more rest
We decided not to rest for the day because we wanted to see more of this fabulous country. We caught the train to Grindelwald. We are so glad we did. This place is magical and at this stage its No 1 on our list to return to and have a white christmas here. We already found a lodge that had great views and we went in to found out the costs at Christmas which surprisingly isn’t bad at all. This lodge also had a kitchen (for cooking christmas lunch) and we also checked out the supermarkets and made sure we could get everything we wanted and sure enough we can including a chook to put in the oven. The train to get here is easy and the views coming in are incredible. This town is not huge and not too small. It has heaps of hotels and loads of cafes and restaurants. What got us is the incredible scenery around here and the backdrop of mountains that surround this town are truly amazing. Google it and you may get an idea of what its like
We walked around this town admiring the beauty of the place and imagining what it would be like at Christmas. Seriously this place IS heaven on earth and I want to come back to this “heaven”. The beautiful pine trees and valleys would be covered in snow and look amazing. Sadly we had to leave and we caught the train back to Lauterbrunnen which mind you is gorgeous too. We got back to our campsite, grabbed our clothes out of the drying room and then went and had dinner. We both had a great pork schnitzel with rosti and salad - a great meal. We packed our bags and had jumped into our saggy single beds still feeling crappy.
Switzerland is one hell of an amazing country, its beauty, its scenery, its cleanliness is unreal. Its one country we both love to explore more one day! We love it!