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... we finished the day with a ski into the town before meeting up with JJ and catching the train down to Lauterbrunnen.
After an early dinner, the evening meeting was held in the English Church in Wengen, so we Ruth and I caught the train up the mountain. The church is a pretty white, steep roofed building set back from the main street. Some of the Oakhall group stayed in Wengen for a hot chocolate at the Crystal Café on the main street but Ruth and I headed back for the ...
... look around, and our usual coffee and pastry. This was followed by a recommended look into some of humanities more shameful past actions ... a visit to a Nazi Concentration camp at Mauthausen. What to say about this place ... of the near 200, 000 souls sent here, just under 100, 000 were murdered by some sick and twisted people; although compared to some of the Eastern Germany and Polish camps, this place is not considered an extermination camp ... One story that haunts ... a ...
... station. We were given a lovely room since we were on our "honeymoon" - the largest hotel floor space we've had and views of the river from two sides of the room - and then a fresh vase of flowers delivered gratis!
We walked through town watching paragliders landing in the local park before having lunch. The plan was to find out about sailing boats on one of the two lakes however Troy was exhausted from a number ...
... and then the impounding of the van or some such. Switzerland has been absolutely amazing since we got here this morning. Montreux is an exceptional town that's buzzing, the views of the alps expected but fantastic nonetheless an Interlaken has turned out to be a town we would like to stay in for more than the one night we will afford it. Zurich tomorrow for Miss Dynamite, chocolate and efficient public transport. Au revoir/auf wiedersehen for now. Full blog updates coming ...
... to the north, into the Rhine River and all the way to the North Sea. The Furka Pass is at the watershed of two of Europe's great rivers. To the south, Mediterranean Europe, olives and the sun. To the north, the plains of Central Europe, root vegetables and bitter winters.
Beyond the Furka Pass we stopped at the village of Meiringen, which is close to Reichenbach Falls, ...