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Even though we were sad to leave Grindelwald, we all really like the peaceful atmosphere here (and everyone is enjoying having their own space and bathroom again).
They do have a slightly alarming pictograph in their spa / sauna area though! (see photos).
A slightly earlier night tonight (ie 11pm instead of well after midnight like usual) as we have to get up super early tomorrow for Bev's secret birthday surprise.
Goodnight Captain Secret ...
... traditional Swiss costumes swinging massive cow bells marching towards the church. Grabbing our rain jackets we head out & follow them to the church. Outside the church they finish clanging the bells, not a pleasant sound at all. A band is playing from inside the church & we take up a pew. We happen to be at the free local concert. What follows is band music, yodelling, horn blowing & flag dancing. Traditional dancing from ladies in lederhosen. Yodelling ...
... though it was completely dark outside. You could see black mountains with slightly glowing snow-covered tips all around us and the stars and moon were lighting up the world in a soft white light. Once we arrived in Innsbruck it was about one in the morning and we had no idea where any hostels were, so after driving around a little bit trying to find wifi we stopped at a hotel and asked. She mentioned a youth hostel but said it closed at eleven...great. Well we decided to try it out ...
... as we'd heard big positives about it, specifically its architecture. When first arriving, it didn't impress on us too much, but by the time we had to leave it had certainly grown on us. We stayed at a campsite within riding distance, just, to the city centre, so after establishing we hopped on the bikes and off we went. Over the next two days we cycled around the town looking at some of what we thought were the better and more interesting sights, in addition to the ...
... was in high spirits and looking forward to the final drive to
Paris. First of all there is the rest of Switzerland, with Franco Lupi and his
friends in the Swiss Automobile club intent on making sure the pressure is
maintained. Our next stop is the medieval town of Troyes in France… south of
Paris. There is a terrific atmosphere within the event this evening, and Troyes
promises to be turned into one big ...