Aloha, Buongiorno, Bonjour and Schönen Tag, our dear friends. We are coming to you from Switzerland.
We were told the people in Switzerland were the nicest, politest and a bit standoffish. We found everyone we met to be wonderful people, open, and friendly. If there’s a bad one out there, we didn’t meet them.
We set out to visit three cities in Switzerland: Chur, Interlachen, Zermatt. Chur is the oldest city in Switzerland, Interlachen is surrounded by lakes and the Alps and Zermatt is home to The Matterhorn.
We departed Milan on the train and went across the Alps to Zurich and then on to Chur.
The rolling hills and broad valleys of Tuscany soon climbed up into some of the most rugged and beautiful mountains in all of the world. We pulled into the train station, pulled our luggage from the train and walked up a wide curving street with trolley tracks and soon found the ABC Hotel. It’s an upscale hotel
We left the train and quickly found the ABC Hotel, a modern and upscale hotel that stood in stark contrast to all of the old and impressive buildings in Chur. We were in the modern section, but only steps away from the old town.
If we thought it was hilly in Tuscany, Switzerland and Chur were even more so. We climbed many stairs into a plaza that had the continually running restaurant from the 1500’s and a gorgeous church.
Our next stop was Interlachen. From our hotel we could see the Eiger mountain, a river ran by our hotel and we saw alpine lakes with their beautiful green color.
We were located in a shopping district and Interlachen is an old town founded in 1133 by monks. The streets are small and there is a great amount of traffic. Bicycles are very popular and it is not uncommon to see a mother or father taking their young children to school in a comfy chair pulled by the bicycle.
We took a day trip to the beautiful city of Brienz. It sits on the northeast shore of Lake Brienz. The town is picturesque, the people friendly and everywhere you turn are astounding wooden sculptures.
We took the bus into Brienz which gave us a great chance to see the countryside along the lake as we traveled from Interlachen. Nestles against the shore were Swiss chalets, churches and wherever possible, farming and gardening.
When we first discussed going to Switzerland, the main reason was to see the Matterhorn. We ended our Swiss adventure in Zermatt, which sits at the foot of the mountains that is topped by the Matterhorn.
Tempus Fugit, we ran out of time way before we ran out of adventures. Soon we were on our way back to Milan via bus and trains. The evening before we flew home we met a group of other crazy Americans and also the worst bartender in Europe. We hope to one day return.