Back in September (wow, was it really that long ago?!), we took a trip to Switzerland. We couldn't decide exactly where we wanted to go, so I relied on a Rick Steves' episode from PBS to give me some pointers. I'm not like a devote follower to Rick Steves, but figured I'd give it a shot, and head to Gimmelwald. In fact, Rick was staying there just a week before we got there.
Gimmelwald is a quaint little village that is only accessible by cable car. Since I worked the morning we left, when we arrived to the mountains, it was already dark, so it was a treat to wake up to the view we got from our window!
We spent the day hiking up to Murren, and then to the next station where we got a great view of Jungfrau. We grabbed a beer at the restaurant there and hiked back down. Going down was just as hard as going down! It was so steep and we really weren't dressed for hiking in the Alps. Luckily, I didn't slip and fall on my butt.
We also got to see a special treat in Murren, an Alpine Horn practice. It was so neat!
The next day, we went to Trummelbach Falls, where 10 waterfalls flow inside the mountains. The water was such a beautiful shade of blue, and it was so cold! We even saw signs warning how cold the water was.
Craig and I decided to have a quick picnic lunch on a grassy spot next to the parking lot of the falls area. Next to us, was a Muslim family in traditional dress having a picnic lunch as well. As we were eating, I was thinking that we really aren't much different.... sight-seeing, enjoying nature, being with family, eating a simple picnic lunch before heading home. Then I realized it was September 11th. Seems fitting on the 10th yeah anniversary, as if those feeling of that day have come full circle.
On our way home, we stopped in Lucerne. We walked the Alte Brucke, enjoyed some gellato, and checked out a few other sights.
Switzerland is a beautiful, yet expensive place! Also, the cheese, is... well, interesting. It's a little too "farmy" for my taste. But I'm glad I got to try it. I'd like to head back in the winter to see how the snow has changed to views and feel of the Alps.
To see more pictures and get a little more history-- Switzerland Album.