Beauty is found!
Trip Start Jun 03, 2010
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We decided against the skydiving out of a helicopter or the train ride up to the top of the mountain mainly as it was out of the budget. So instead we opted to head onto town and hire bikes and check out the country side. We joined up with Todd and laurel, who also chose to skip the topdeck optionals.
The town we are staying in 'lauterbrunnen' is situated in a 200m deep gorge created by a glaciers in the past. It is in a perfect 'U' shape as glaciers create different shaped gorges to those created by rivers which are in the common 'V' shape as water collects in the middle. The bottom is lush greenery and at the very top there are snow-topped peaks and grey glaciers. During the day the sun melts the glaciers and there are hundreds of small waterfalls that topple off the cliffs into the valley. This water is pure and fresh and obviously ice ice cold! The waterfalls flow into one main current running through the valley which supplies the town and all the farms for their hay and massive cows with their huge bells which are very important to the town. We rode from the town through the valley to a cable car which takes you top the top of the cliffs and all the way to the top of the mountain if you need. We rode it into Murren, a small town which was recommended by todd's guide book of Europe, it was an amazingly beautiful village, very small but had everything to be self sufficient, we tried to bargain for a small portion of cheese fondue for the 4 of us to share, however came up against a hard-headed Swiss-German woman who very quickly ushered us out of her cafe after we said we didn't want to buy 4 full priced fondue meals. Business must be good! We wandered and came across a country club with tennis courts built 5m from the edge of what was a 5000ft drop-off to the valley below! We decided that our packed lunch from a bench on the edge of these cliffs would he perfect, and it would give me an opportunity to improve my panoramic shot skills on the camera with quite possibly the best panoramic landscape in the world, possibly the universe... We decided to hike down the mountain instead of cable car to get some excersize and enjoy the fresh mountain air. We met a very friendly hotelier in grimweld lower down the mountain who served us brilliant 'ice coffee' which she translated as icecream in a shot of coffee, and she put local cinnamon icecream which was amazing!!
3 hours later and many refills of our water bottle from the glacial rivers we reached the bottom fairly exhausted. Resting and enjoying the scenery filled the rest of the afternoon.
After choc fondue for desert we headed to the pub for another big team session. I met a few guys the were base jumpers and said this place was one of the base jumpers mecca's in the world. REALLY want to try that! Back in the tent at 4am, need to be up at 6.30am tomorrow morning, tomorrows bus ride will be painful!! Lauterbrunnen - my vote for best views from a small village in the world. Would really love to come back in winter for the snow!