Sunday, August 11, 2013

Europe 2012 day 5: Swiss Alps and Schilthorn

Better late than never, I am determined to finish up my posts about our Europe trip from September!

Day 5 (Sept. 8, 2012) was another great one - and what made it extra special was that we got to hang out with our friends from Seattle!  Breakfast at the Schilthorn (9,744 ft) and hikes all day!

My travel partner for life!

From our hotel in Lauterbrunnen we took the gondola up to Grutschalp, then a train to Murren (about 20 minutes total from our hotel up to Murren...

Looking down at Lauterbrunnen

Up we go!

In Murren we met up with our friends Nicole and Eric and took a gondola up to the Schilthorn

So fun to be reunited with such an amazing friend halfway around the world!

Going wayyyyy up

Long way down...

Arriving at the Schilthorn, we went straight up to the Piz Gloria, the revolving restaurant that appeared in the James Bond film, On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

That top level is the restaurant

We had a yummy breakfast, champagne and a blast chatting with them!  Background: Nicole and Eric had planned a similar trip around the same time as Nick and I and as luck would have it, we realized that we were going to be in the exact same place on the same day.  Eric and Nick have been good friends since college and Nicole and I became fast friends.

Champagne at 10,000 feet!

Trying to get a picture with the 007 logo as the restaurant rotated

After a yummy breakfast at the rotating restaurant we went out to the observation deck and took some pictures.

top of the world!

We didn't really have a plan for the day, so decided to take the cable car from the Schilthorn (point A) to Birg (point B) and then do some hikes from there!

From Birg (point B) we hiked a route to Allmendhubel (point C).  I have no idea how many miles it was, but the whole day was 12 miles of hiking!

Stopped at a cute restaurant owned b a California expat surfer named Steve and his European wife.  We chatted with Steve for a while after our lunch

not a bad lunch view

our lunch spot

After lunch we hiked with Eric and Nicole for another three hours, making a loop away from and back to Murren.

unreal scenery

We even met some friendly cows on the trip

guten tag Mr. Cow
Debating approaching the cow

Nicole fed him some grass, while I decided to stay back
view approaching Murren

After our full day of hiking we made our way down to Interlaken where we were spending that night. Nick and I were taking a train to Munich the next day so it was easier to stay down in the "city"

The big Jungfrau Marathon was taking place that weekend so the train was packed full of marathon runners! In Interlaken, we walked down the main street of town, past all the marathon festivities and the marathon starting line itself, to find our hotels on the other side of the river near the West train station.

We actually just had a low key night from there - it was such an amazing day, our last in Switzerland and I will always remember this beautiful country with a smile on my face.  I don't think I have ever been to a country with so much natural beauty that really made you stop and think what a amazing world God gave us. I feel so blessed we got to see this amazing place.  Until we meet again Switzerland!!


Susannah said...

Wow, what a fabulous day! I would love to go hiking at the Alps!

Meg {henninglove} said...

how fun to meet up with friends on the other side of the world!! how did you plan that? i think drinking champagne at 10000 ft is a must at some point in life!

Nicole Marie said...

what a great place to have champagne!

Carrie {Living It Up in U.P.} said...

Looks so fun! I love the champagne photo.

Ashley said...

So fun!!
I still haven't really blogged about our last trip to New Zealand in Dec-Jan! ha.

Sarah Alway said...

Oh my gosh, how cool!!! It's so fun to be with people on vacation, especially if it's far away from home.

Sarah @ Life As Always

Marshall said...

awwww this makes me miss Shilthorn and Switz and Europe in general!
you two are SUCH an adorable couple!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Wow! The photos look amazing! Haha, I love the cow photos!

Allison said...

I absolutely love all of these pictures, and I love that you and Nick have the same love of traveling. You look perfect in these pictures and so does the scenery!
Better late than never with posting too, I'm just happy that we get to see them (because I'm now adding another location to my "must go to" trip locations). With buying the condo this year, money has been a little tight, so Edwin and I have just done some US trips - Boston, weekends down the shore, and Maine. We're going to Turks and Caicos in May though, so I'm excited for a change of scenery in a more major way :)

Nicole-Lynn said...

Looks so insanely beautiful there! Love the pretty mountains!


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