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Aug 18, 2016 - Schwartzwaldalp to Grindelwald (say that fast if you dare)

Aug. 19,2016 And ..we are hiking. Woke up to blue sky and sunshine peeking through over the peaks, and by the time we had climbed up the first hour of steady ascent 1500 ft. through the forest and meadows under the Wetterhorn glacier , we hit the crest of grasslands in brilliant warm sunshine. We got a bit improvisational in our hiking at one point and were thinking we had missed the trail, but as we clambered, panting over a grassy hill onto a gravel path, a mountain biker, who was native Swiss but grew up in Montreal, rode by and not only...

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Jul 29, 2016 - Grindelwald First to Grosse Scheidegg

Walk day. Today we headed back to Grindelwald and took the First. The majority of the visitors were either enjoying the Cliff walk around the summit (which wasn’t very exciting!) or walking to Bachalpsee a much photographed lake. We decided to walk from First to Grosse Scheidegg. Another great walk in magnificent scenery. At Grosse Scheidegg we caught the bus back down to Grindelwald.

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Jul 9, 2016 - Männlichen

Today we drove to Grindelwald and took the Männlichen cable car to Männlichen ridge (2230m) which divides the Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen valleys. The cable car is Europe’s longest and it did seem to go on for ever. From the top station we walked a steep climb to the crown of the hill. At the top we had magnificent views of both valleys, Tschuggen(2,520m), Lauberhorn (2,472m) and the ‘big three’ Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau behind. After a brief coffee stop we headed along the Panoramaweg to Kliene Scheidegg. This was a broad trail, very...

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Oct 17, 2014 - Grindelwald: Everywhere We Look is a Picture

We now have an appreciation for why "Heidi" was so homesick for her Alpine meadows. It's also easy to see how this area became "the" place for the wealthy to vacation at the turn of the century, and how mountain climbers were attracted to the challenge of scaling these lofty peaks. In fact, a popular Grindelwald passtime was to sit on a sunny terrace, sip some tea or a stronger drink and watch through binoculars or a telescope as climbers flirted with oblivion on the treacherous north face of the Eiger, which towers over the town. The four...

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Jun 30, 2013 - The hills are alive with the sound of cowbells - Grindelwald switzerland

The Swiss Alps - indescribably beautiful, it just does not get any better (have I used this phrase in my journal before, well maybe so, but this time I am 100 percent totally serious) Grindelwald, the Jungfrau and surrounding mountain peaks, Swiss countryside is spectacularly beautiful. Ellen and I had a really easy well connected (3 different trains all day) scenic train journey arriving in Grindelwald in pouring rain, and found our way to Beda and Verna's Swiss Chalet late afternoon. It was the most beautiful and authentically Swiss...

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Trip Journal

Jane Lady of Leisure

May 28, 2011 - Varenna

Last night's storm led to a beautiful day here. We are truly feeling la dolce far niente. Lazy and lay back. We walked through the village this morning and decided this should be our last memory not an airport hotel. We found a restaurant overlooking the lake and made reservations for Monday night then booked a shuttle to the airport from here. The lake is incredible and we took the ferry to Bellagio, it's more incredible then the one in Las Vegas and a lot more beautiful. We ate here last night and were in heaven the food was fabulous, the...

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May 27, 2011 - Lake Como

We are in Varenna on Lake Como. Oh yes it is beautiful here. Today was challenging. It rained all day and we were switching trains all day. We left Engelberg at 9:00am and arrived here at 5:30pm. Although we thought Engelberg beautiful, it was not a great place for us. The mountains are for skiing, little walking accept at high altitude and mountain climbing skills would be needed. So the geriatric duo, although we have loved our hiking, chose to take the easy roads. We arrived in Lucerne and after having spent the afternoon there...

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May 25, 2011 - Engelberg

We are in Engelberg. Which seems to be all hotels and gift shops. Very fancy. Far step from our wonderful little Lauterbrunner. Here, however, they are remodeling. Instead of cowbells all we can hear is jackhammers and there are cranes all over the city. We are staying in a Hotel which was built over 100 years ago, you can tell. Last night I went down to the desk and no one was there. Apparently one must go to the bar next door if you have a problem. The bar had two girls, barely in their 20's and neither spoke English very well. The hotel...

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May 24, 2011 - Last day in Lauderbrunnen

Today we took a train up the mountain to Kleine Scheidegg. It is at the base of the Jungfrau, which has the highest train station in Europe. The train, which we did not take, travels inside a mountain until you reach the top. Then you ascend to a building which has been built next to a glacier. We then walked down the mountain to the next village. It took an hour or so. The three mountains in the group are the Eiger (ogre), the Monk, and the Jungfrau( young girl). I had read the Eiger Sanction many years ago and enjoyed seeing it in person....

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May 23, 2011 - Monday in Switzerland

Today was one more beautiful day here. We left early this morning and took the train to Grindelwald. We took the ski life up to First(Fierst) got off at the top and the hiked to a lake, about an hour and a half. No meters just time. Spent most of the day there. The pictures will explain why. Last night as we went to dinner, the town band was performing on the main, only street. They had new uniforms and there were women dressed in traditional wear. We of course were on our way to dinner and had no camera. When we returned to our village,...

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Jul 18, 2010 - Day 12

Day 12 So we treated ourselves today and went on a train to the highest train station in Europe. It's called the Jungfraujoch and holy cow, it was high up! We arrived at the station after an hour and forty minutes on two different trains. Then we went up to the observation tower and surveyed an amazing view of the Swiss Alps and glaciers. We took the snow path (in our stupid running shoes) even further up and it was the first time Kim or I have ever felt shortness of breath from being so high up (about 13,000 feet above sea level). We had...

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Jul 17, 2010 - Day 11

Day 11 Well spent most of today travelling. We left Fussen at about 11:00 A.M. and got to Grindelwald, Switzerland at 7:30 p.m. It was a long day but we had no problems most of the way. The last connection was tricky because we had no platform information until we got there and we had about 7 minutes to catch the next train. Anyway, we arrived and found our hotel and then walked around for about 2 hours. It is breathtaking here. Just what you'd expect to see in a "Heidi" movie. We are right next to 2 giant mountains and overlooking the...

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