Glacier Express ~ Pontresina to Zermatt

July 21st ~ Zermatt, Switzerland

Traveling on the Glacier Express to Zermatt

Traveling on the Glacier Express to Zermatt

I was sad to leave our little heaven on earth in Pontresina where we had been welcomed like family and treated like VIP’s. But it was time to once again catch a train.  Continue reading

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Panorama Hike – A spectacular view in every direction

Wednesday, July 20th ~ Pontresina, Switzerland

Taking a hike...

Taking a hike…

So, what is there to do in Pontresina? We were blessed with beautiful clear weather so taking a scenic hike was top of our wish list. I wanted something not too strenuous, but would show us some spectacular views. Both Rick Steves book and our hotel recommended the exact same hike fittingly called the Panorama.  Continue reading

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How my screwing up affected our trip – Getting from Lucerne to Pontresina

July 19th ~ Travel day Lucerne to Pontresina

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View while traveling on the Bernini Express

Well, this was my punishment day for screwing up our reservations. The itinerary was intended to be one day taking the William Tell route from Lucerne to Lugano (overnight there for one night) and the following day taking the Bernini Express from Lugano to Pontresina. But since I somehow missed booking the night in Lugano entirely and had us staying in Pontresina instead, we had a lot of ground to cover in one day.  Continue reading

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Cruising on Lake Lucerne and Exploring Old Town

Monday July 18th ~ Lucerne, Switzerland

View from the Old City Walls

View from the Old City Walls

This was day two in this truly magical city that we have fallen completely head over heels in love with. I am feeling sleep deprived and we have a VERY early wake up tomorrow morning to catch a train at 6:18am. With that said, I don’t want to gloss over the fabulous things we experienced today, but I am not going to be able to keep my eyes open much longer.  Continue reading

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Lucerne ~ We have found our fairy tale land!

Sunday July 17th ~ Lucerne, Switzerland

Lion Monument, Lucerne

Lion Monument, Lucerne

The train ride from Appenzell to Lucerne was another WOW for us. We are really enjoying seeing the scenery pass by from the comfort of our train seats. I could get addicted to this lifestyle.  Continue reading

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Mount Santis ~ (Almost) the Top of the World

Saturday, July 16th ~ Mount Santis (near Appenzell)

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The view from on top of Mt Santis

The highlight of our stay in Appenzell was a 1/2 day excursion to take a  Gondola ride to the top of Mt. Santis.   Continue reading

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Appenzell

Saturday, July 16th ~ Appenzell, Switzerland

Appenzell, Switzerland

Appenzell, Switzerland

Yesterday we departed Zürich and made our way here to the small Alpine village of Appenzell. It is right out of storybook land. Lush green hillsides dotted with Swiss cows or the occasional goat, family homes with flower boxes beneath each window loaded with brightly colored flowers and an attached barn with shuttered windows painted contrasting shades.  Continue reading

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Zürich ~ Our Walking Tour Continues (Part 2)

Thursday, July 14th ~ Zürich, Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland

Zürich, Switzerland

In case you missed part one of our first full day in Zürich, you can click here to see how we started our day and the walking tour.

After two hours of exploring the Swiss National Museum, we walked across the street, past the main train terminal to start the route that Rich Steves had mapped out in his book on Switzerland (8th edition).  Continue reading

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Zürich ~ Our Walking Tour (part 1)

Thursday, July 14th ~ Zürich, Switzerland

Zürich, Switzerland

Zürich, Switzerland sits on the Limmat River

With very little sleep last night, we were up and ready for breakfast before 7:00. The hotel had been given high marks for the quality of the food offered and it did not disappoint. Rick Steves, in his book on Switzerland, had suggested a walking tour through Zürich which looked easy to follow and hit several of the highlights that we wanted to check out.  Continue reading

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We met our “Guardian Angel” today

Wednesday, July 13th ~ Zurich, Switzerland

The sunset was reflected on the airplane wing as we left Los Angeles

The sunset was reflected on the airplane wing as we left Los Angeles

The flight on Swiss Air was uneventful and arrived on time. I actually thought that the food was better than most of the airplane meals we have had over the past few years. We got lucky and managed to get three seats for the two of us which allowed me to spread out a bit.

I had time to do some more reading about Switzerland on the flight and found out a few tidbits of trivia.  Continue reading

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