Switzerland: French, German, Italian-all gorgeous!
Switzerland Travel Pictures
We were blessed to spend nine days in Switzerland. (Starting at the far left X then going North to Interlaken, then South to the other X.)
On the 36th anniversary of my marriage to Sherri (May 10th), we flew from Santorini to Geneva.
Like before, I rented a car to take us from the airport to L'Abri, a Christian study center where Sherri and I spend part of our Honeymoon (the other part was in the Bahamas) in 1980 and visited again in 1987. This time, my life partner was not with me making the trip bittersweet.
The ride is exhilarating to go from the vineyards by Lake Geneva and climb up high into the magnificent alps and some it's quiet villages where the populace speak French.
The pace of life is so much slower in Europe. More connected-to family, to people, to places, not so much to TV, social media, technology, work and status.
After two nights in L'Abri, we drove to the town of Lauterbrunnen (near Interlaken) where we encountered two days of overcast skies and rain. Staying in a great hotel (Hotel Staubbach) in the German speaking part of Switzerland helped.
The view from our balconies afforded us to see 11 of the 72 waterfalls in the valley, hear church bells and birds singing and feel at peace despite our loss.
Color Infra red image below:
We did venture up to Grindelwald, a quaint ski town that abutted the Eiger and Schreckhorn. (I'd LOVE to ski here some day.)
Fortunately, the last day we were there, it cleared up so we were able to take a cable car up to Grutshalp. From there, we were on Sherri's most favorite walking path and place on earth: The 90 minute walk to Murren. (Sorry, missing those umlauts!) Sherri below with cows with bells on. Below her is Sophia.
Ironically after I got home I found this photograph of Sherri on the walk and in the same area and, though I was closer to her and the rock outcropping, our daughter Sophia.
Departing later that day,we drove thru high mountain passes and even put our car on a train for a 20 minute train ride mostly through a long tunnel. Weird and interesting.
Later after driving many miles on narrow winding roads we came to the Italian speaking part of Switzerland and the town of Verscio, where Christoph, one of our good Swiss friends had arranged us to stay in a three bedroom home for free. He and his partner, Francesca, along with our other good Swiss friend, Corinna (we were ski instructors together at Willamette Pass when she was an exchange student at Oakridge) and her partner Steffan were so good to us, providing us with dinner and showing us the little nuances of Locarno, Tegna, and Camedo.
Below a church and balconies in Locarno.
Lake Maggiore in Locarno
Sherri and I had stayed with Corinna and Christoph when we visited in 1980 in Thun, 1984 In Salzburg (where we also all went to Venice) and 1987 in Interlaken (where we all went to Cinque Terra in Italy). This image was taken of them in 1984 in Salzburg (left) and today (Christoph with Francesca and right, Corinna with Steffan).
Aging is a funny thing.....our voices sound the same and I think in our souls we remain forever young.
Next week: Our trip to Venice, the Italian Dolomites, Austria and Prague.
Here is a video trailer of some of my other favorite images in Switzerland:
Switzerland Travel Pictures.