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.
I suppose that with a bit more research, I would not be as surprised by the differences between Zermatt and St. Moritz.
The 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??
Today, somehow I convinced Deb that it would be warmer if we left the Zermatt Valley floor and went up the mountain to look around and see if we could see Italy!
After so many day of clouds and rain, we were presented with a perfect sunny day with little or no wind. What a trip it was…
The Klein Matterhorn (sometimes translated as Little Matterhorn) is a peak of the Pennine Alps, overlooking Zermatt in the Swiss canton of Valais. At 3,883 metres (12,740 ft) above sea level, it is the highest place in Europe that can be reached byaerial tramway, as well as by any other means of transport. The Klein Matterhorn is part of the Breithorn massif and overlooks on its south side the almost equally high flat glacier named Breithorn Plateau, just north of the international border with Italy. The name “Klein Matterhorn” is a reference to its much larger neighbour, the Matterhorn, which lies 7 km away across the Theodul Pass.
This very simple rule has worked well for the past few years. Deb doesn’t ask for much, but she does not like being cold.
I fear that I am pushing my luck here and that this could end up being a very expensive mistake!
There seems to be a great deal of discussion regarding the merits of cashmere and/or furs…
We spent a long enjoyable day today in trains traveling to Zermatt and looking forward to our first real look at the REAL Matterhorn!
It was cold and snowing when our morning started. Luckily, by the time we arrived there was nothing but sunshine.
Zermatt is an interesting place. As expected, there are plenty of skiers wandering town at the end of the day, but there are also plenty of mountaineering types here thinking about an assault on the Matterhorn. Take those two groups and add in a large dose of international tourists and you end up with a very interesting group of people.