Europe trip day 12-17
It was sad saying goodbye to magical Lake Geneva and our adorable studio in Cully to continue our trip at our next Swiss destination. We drove over and through the Swiss Alps and saw the most stunning countryside with chalets dotted throughout the region. The sun was shining and the clear sky reflected the brightest green grass on the hills and valleys. At lunchtime we found a delightful Swiss/French bakery in the mountains and enjoyed coffee and eclairs.
By afternoon we arrived in Aeshi and located our accommodation for the next five days, a traditional Swiss chalet in the country area. Cows graze outside our window with their cowbells ringing a melodic sound as they chew on the grass. The peace and quiet of this area is charming, no-one seems frantic, stressed or in a hurry to do anything. We fully expect Julie Andrews to come over the hill singing the hills are alive with the sound of music.
On Sunday we drove to Spiez and joined the festivities of a local parade. We then walked around the streets in Interlaken enjoying the warm 25°C temperature. I looked up and saw a massive snow topped mountain right behind us and was amazed to see so much snow and yet feel like a summer day in the valley. Later that day we caught the ferry to Neuhaus, a popular lakeside recreation spot on Lake Thun, and sat on deck chairs watching paragliders and boats sail by. It was a relaxing and delightful way to spend the afternoon. After Lake Geneva I didn’t think I would see such a picturesque lake again but lake Thun is also stunning.
The following day we went to Jungfraujoch, the Top of Europe to witness breathtaking views of the peaks of the Swiss alps. The Jungfraujoch is accessible by the Jungfrau railway line from Interlaken Ost, running partly underground through a tunnel through the Eiger and Mönch, taking two hours to reach the top. It is the highest railway station in Europe at 3,454 metres above sea level. The sun shone and the skies were clear giving us the best views possible. It was a long day but well worth it.
Grindelwald, a postcard-perfect a charming Swiss ski resort, was our next day trip destination. We took a cable car to the top of the mountain and then completed a three-hour round trip walk to the Bachalpsee lake. The walking track is steep and difficult but the incredible surrounding scenery made it an experience of a lifetime. I felt privileged and exhilarated to take part and complete the walk. The enormity of nature overwhelms me when I see the massive snow topped mountains. Even though I love my photos they don’t show just how magnificent and imposing these mountains are. We encountered a number of cows roaming free on the path and saw people of all nationalities, shapes and sizes trekking the same path. A silent feeling of unity hung in the air.
On our last day we drove to Bern, the capital of Switzerland, to see the buildings that date back to 1200. Bern has lots of pedestrian plazas and hundreds of curbside cafes. There are thousands of bicycles parked all around the city, obviously owned by people who ride to work. We walked around the old town looking at fountains dating back hundreds of years in the middle of the streets. We saw locals, tourists, buskers, beggars, grubby footpaths and people eating every type of food you can imagine. Public transport is popular with trams, trains and buses constantly moving around the city. It was interesting to see the architecture of the ancient buildings but we were glad to return to the peace and quiet of our country home.
So ends our time in beautiful country of Switzerland. I feel so lucky to have been given the chance to see such amazing scenery and I will always remember Switzerland fondly. My next blog will continue with our travels in Liechtenstein.