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... riding up this great pass which is surrounded by massive peaks. The road
once again is built from lego type pieces of concrete and is a magical piece of
engineering. What makes this road even more unreal is that it does not actually
lead to anywhere other than to a few towns up in the mountains......oh and the
car train system!!!
with the car train system it sure must have cost a fortune to build for such
I arrive at ...
... clear skies and views of the mountain ranges from our terrace.
We left the next day on a route which Dominque suggested which led us through more beautiful green countryside through Gstaad and over Jaun pass on the way to Gruyere. There, we toured the medieval walled city and castle, and enjoyed Gruyere cheese dishes for lunch, then headed north above Bern to stay the night in the Solothurn region.
... br> We slept well after that first night and woke early to begin our first trek into the Alps. It took a bit of wandering the hills above the village to find our planned trail but in no time we found ourselves in an alpine paradise. Flocks of cows with their brass bells jangling greeted us along the way. Wildflowers were exploding in a cacophony of colors and smells, some familiar others foreign.
We reached a little hill near the base of one of ...
... the last 5km back to our car. Another good day.
On our way back from Gruyères, we stopped in Cottens, the small village where I grew up until I finished high school and served in the Swiss Army. I parked our rental car at the train station, and we walked passed my old elementary school. Not much has changed in the past 40 years. We walked up to my old neighborhood from the train station on the same road I took every day. Everything seemed ...
... real estate window for a brief look. Rentals don't go for below about $2 800 a month either... All of which blows my plans to up sticks and come to live here driving trains through the picturesque countryside - I was really taken by Lausanne and the neighbouring villages. Our apartment was nice as well- although it looked as though the owner lives there and then rents it out to people occasionally. All of his stuff was there (iPod, DSLR camera, computer, food) which was ...