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!
|not a bad lunch view|
|our lunch spot|
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|
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!!