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Today was a lot of bus time, as we left the heat behind in Italy and headed into Switzerland. There were over 50 tunnels just in the first 90 minutes of the trip, many short and straight, but some curving, and a few that lasted a minute and 20 seconds. (I'm just enough claustrophobic to count!) We passed Lake Como, where George Clooney reportedly …
... He ate non
stop! How in the world can someone be this hungry? Anyway..all the crinkling
noises of paper from opening bag after bag of stuff. He brought an endless
supply of chips, snacks..typical junk food that was neatly stashed in the
overhead bin above his head. No wonder there’s not enough room for onboard
luggage, we have a junk food galley going on in row 33 of the plane. I finally
got my ...
... and shortage of oxygen. Add to that the extra effort needed to walk in quite deep snow and you can appreciate that the trek up to the Monch mountain hut was quite a demanding one. Although the terrain is relatively easy going, there is a rise of a few hundred feet and all of us felt the effects of latitude to a greater or lesser extent. the boys did really well and were rewarded with a break in the clouds, ...
... down between stone cuts while water pushes you through. The first crazy thing was rappelling down a cliff of roughly 30 feet in height. My “holy ****” moment was quickly upgraded to “holy f***” when I foolishly looked down. At the bottom of this cliff was roughly a foot of water, and rocks underneath. So it's easy to imagine our apprehension when our guide tells us to simply walk to the edge, turn our around, lean back and trust the rope. After some ...
... an amazing Christmas tree covered in 1000's of Swarovski crystal ornaments - it must be really heavy and expensive!
And what can I say about all the chocolate shops......YUM YUM YUM
We've now left Zurich and caught the train to Lausanne, where we're going to check out the Olympic Games museum and maybe catch a ferry across the lake to Evian in France.