End with a flourish…

Our last evening with Patrick was spent in Zurich. After having sausages for dinner, we went to a really nice bar called the Old Crow for a couple nice drinks, then to the bar below our Air B&B called Alpli Bar….

Alpli Bar is famous for having live bands every evening where the audience/clientele can join in.  I don’t think I have laughed this hard in weeks.  We sat down for our final drink, and the bar tendress/Air B&B hostess Sutter served us a pitcher of “Alpli-Miltz”, the bar specialty, which is “not milk” and their own secret recipe.  It sort of tasted like a Gin Fizzz….  Sutter then ran over to the Accordian player, who promptly started playing I Left My Heart in San Fransisco”.  You haven’t lived until you’ve heard ILMH played badly on an accordion in Switzerland.  Then another accordian player joined in.  Then a piano player.  Then a woman with wooden spoons.  Then Patrick joins in.  It was like a flash mob.  I was dying.  My Dad would have loved it!

​​

Lauterbrunnen Valley

The Eiger
Deb, Patrick, The Eiger, and a selfie!

Sadly, our trip is nearing its end.  Fortunately, it did not end before we were able to spend three days in the beautiful Lauterbrunnen Valley

I had never heard about this area, but it was high on Patrick’s wish list of places to visit. Thank goodness for that as it is a very special area. 

To me, Yosemite Valley has always been the most spectacular glacial valley. Now I have visited a place that is every bit as amazing. 

More pictures to follow…

Yes, Deb does still have a small issue with the cold, but she hides it very well when patrick is around!

Zermatt, Switzerland

 

From Paris, we took the early morning train to Zermatt.  This was the first of several planned stops in the Alps.

We arrived late in the afternoon with only just enough daylight left to catch some photos of the famous Matterhorn.


We spent the next day exploring several stops along the Gornergrat railway that eventually took us to the top of the mountains overlooking both the town and the Matterhorn.


A perfect day in the mountains was followed by a nice evening in town, and a traditional Swiss meal of Raclette in a great little Swiss chalet.


Unfortunately for us, the fun came to an abrupt end at this point.

About one hour after dinner Kelsey was the first to fall ill, and within three hours Patrick and I followed. Food poisoning!!

Not fun, especially in a one bedroom apartment with only one very popular bathroom.

Only Debbie avoided full blown sickness and thank goodness for that. She was able to keep us together and deal with the logistics of extending our stay by a day while also canceling our reservations in the Lauterbrunnen Valley.

This was not the shared experience that any of us were looking forward to…

Today, 36+ hours later we have all recovered and are on our way to Innsbrook, Austria for what promises to be a great New Years Eve.

Something New

IMG_0231Everywhere you go, you run into things that you have not seen before.  This was certainly new for me.

I undetstand that companies never want to miss a chance to get their name in front of potential customers.

But really, who wants to advertise here?

And, for me, equally interesting is the sales pitch that would be used to try to convince a potential customer to advertise here??  That would be an amusing sales call for me to ride along on!!

Cool Runnings

The St. Moritz-Celerina Olympic Bobrun (known officially as the Olympia Bobrun St. Moritz-Celerina) is a bobsleigh track located in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Constructed in 1903, it officially opened on New Year’s Day 1904 and is the oldest bobsleigh track in the world and the only one that is naturally refrigerated. It is also used for other sliding sports, including skeleton and luge.  The track served as host to the bobsleigh events for both the 1928 and the 1948 Winter Olympics.

My hope was to not only visit the run, but to actually sign up for a ride down the track in a four man bobsled.  I was pretty excited…until I found out that the track was closed just like everything else in this town!!

So tonight as a reasonably good substitute and with nothing else to do, Debbie and I are watching one of our all time favorite movies.

Cool Runnings

 

This Place is a Ghost Town

We learned something new today that explains why this town feels like nothing is happening.

It turns out that the rest of Europe goes on vacation during August, but St. Moritz shuts down on May 1st for a month.  We are here during the “in between season” when it is too warm for skiing, and too cold for serious hiking and other outdoor Summer activities.

Today was the last day of operation for all of the major ski areas surrounding town, and most of the shops, hotels, and bars shut down this past week.  Great timing on our part!!

I guess they didn’t want our money!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Zermatt vs. St. Moritz

I suppose that with a bit more research, I would not be as surprised by the differences between Zermatt and St. Moritz.

IMG_0295st. Moritz champagneThe differences are extreme and I suspect boil down to culture.  Similar in
many ways I suppose to the stereotyped Oakland Raiders vs. the San Francisco 49er fans, or perhaps the Craft Beer & Pizza vs. Champagne & Lobster crowds.

(Yes, Zermatt did have a brewery right in town.)

Both are high end resorts that market heavily to the wealthy skiing world.  In addition, Zermatt has the Matterhorn and the rugged mountain climbing folks, while St. Moritz seems to attract those that perhaps are a bit more worried about their outfits and hair.

I may be jumping to conclusions here, but that’s my first impression.

Photos follow below.  Which would you rather visit??

Zermatt

 

St. Moritz