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hopp schwiiz

DSC_5715.jpg…we just couldn’t help it..Switzerland called us again and we answered (for the third time in three years ­čśë After finding a good deal on the net, we booked three nights at the Best Western Alpine Resort. Good prices for Zermatt terms and the room and food was good as well. We were also about 200 meters from the train station and the Gornergratbahn. We dediced to travel to Zermatt by rail, and although we had a one-hour delay, it was just as fast as traveling by car (approx. 6h) and if you add up the costs, just as cheap too.

We arrived on Friday afternoon and walked around town to get acquainted; light snow started falling, great. The next morning we awoke to grey skies, low visibility and light snowfall. This did not stop us from having a nice hike through the Aroleitwald to Zum See and Blatten, before hiking back down to town. We wanted to explore the Gornergorge but since it was closed due to snowfall, we spent the afternoon in the wellness area back at the hotel. Sunday morning was also cloudy but with chances of sun, so we got going early and went to the Sunegga tram. The tram goes up more than 600m at a vertical slant through the mountain and comes out at 2288m. We came out of the tunnel to bright sunshine and big fluffy clouds still shrouding the Matterhorn. We hiked down to a small lake and just when we found a good photo location, the clouds lifted…perfect timing. After an hour of hiking and great views, we went back down the tram and walked over to the Gornergrat station. This train took us on a winding track up to the Gornergrat at over 3100m. By this time there were almost no clouds and perfect visibility to all of the twenty-odd 4000m peaks which can be seen from there. We had some lunch and took some great shots of this breathtaking panorama before heading back down to Zermatt. Once back in town we decided to go back up to the Gornergorge, an were lucky to get in before closing. On the way back to the hotel we found a beer garden with a great view of the Matterhorn and witnessed an impressive sundown while having a cold one.

All in all, a great and unforgettable trip. Take a look at the „travels“ page for the pics….

Posted by on Dezember 13th, 2011 Kommentare deaktiviert f├╝r hopp schwiiz

switzerland, part II

After visiting the Jungfrau region in 2009, we were so impressed that we had to come back. This region offers so many opportunities and excursions, that we decided to spend another 5 days exploring it. Luckily we hit a window of perfect weather on the first three days, enabling us to go up on the highest trams and trains with good views of the impressive landscape.

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Posted by on Oktober 27th, 2010 Kommentare deaktiviert f├╝r switzerland, part II

summer recap…..

…okay, I admit I’ve been a bit idle in writing lately (what’s it been….3 months now ? ). Needless to say, I’ve been busy.

My new job is taking up a good portion of my time. It’s very interesting and challenging so that makes it worth the many overtime hours I’ve spent pursuing it (compliments to Silke, who supports me greatly and is very understanding, even when I get home after a 12 hour day). The project will be launched in November and after the initial support phase, things should quiet down somewhat. By the holidays I should be back┬á to a normal work week.

In July we had a great visit from Chris and his family. They stayed with us over the weekend and then ventured off on a ten-day scenic excursion through France, Switzerland and Italy, then returning for an overnight stay before the flight back to Oregon. We had a wonderful time visiting with them and also had a nice side trip to Strassbourg while they were here (take a look at the pics in media).

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Posted by on September 7th, 2009 Kommentare deaktiviert f├╝r summer recap…..