Our Snow Angels

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Hotel Restaurant Derby Zermatt
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Flag of Switzerland  , Valais,
Saturday, April 14, 2012

We ventured to Lake Konstanz on the boarders of Germany, Switzerland and Austria. We grabbed more supplies and purchased a 4 day First Class Swiss Pass (seeings as we’re such a classy family and all - he he he!!) We took the 6 hour Glacier Express (advertised as the slowest express train in the world) through the Swizz Alps to Zermatt (home of the Matterhorn). Wow, wow and more wow. R & B (Brandi-Chanel) saw snow for the first time. Lots of lovely soft, fluffy, powdery, fresh snow, not to mention it was actually snowing as well - yippee!! The 3 girls made snow angels. Bill tried, but his looked more like the abominable snow man. Of course there had to be a snow fight. Alo won overall, but Ariel won most snow down her plumbers crack. 

The prices of everything in Zermatt were the most expensive we’d seen. A McDonald’s cheese burger meal deal was around A$13 (Yes they even have McDonald’s in Zermatt, no motorcars, but Maccers). We’d enquired about skiing, but Bill decided the slopes weren’t high enough for him (he’s dreaming - again), not to mention over A$1000 for an afternoon of skiing - at those measly prices it couldn’t have possibly been classy enough for this fab four.

After an overnight stop at the Derby Hotel (Zermatt), which included a whooping big, long, hot bath each (except for the pommy one amongst us - he’s a bit frightened of bathing), we were back on the train to Konstanz. We were now, by far, the most feral first class passengers on board. We’d remembered to take toothbrushes, clean socks and knickers, but somebody forgot the hair brush - ha ha can’t blame Bill for that one (that’s because he doesn’t bathe or brush his hair). Poor little Brandi-Chanel’s shoe soles had cracked (not too mention poor old Bill still wearing his 'Steptoe and Son' classics).The melted snow had seeped through soaking her feet, (and Bill’s feet were wet too - poor old Billy) so we placed plastic bags over her socks and the shoes over the top - very trendy. Bad luck Bill, we could only afford two bags and besides you’re too old to look trendy. We’d also had plastic Aldi shopping bags full of groceries and grog, cause we were too scabby to buy food on the train. Thankfully we did remember the plastic wine glasses or we’d have been drinking our $2 Aldi red wine straight from the bottle to add to our already squalid look. Most other first classer’s had the 3 course meal. We were glad we hadn’t spent the additional 200 bucks, cause their tucker looked yuk (Brandi-Chanel reckoned their green vegies looked like snot on a plate).

Day three we went by train to Zurich and took a cruise around the lake. Day four we took another train to Luzern, a cruise to Burgenst then went up Mount Rigi by tram. It was the most pristine of anything we’d ever seen. Bill even said it was “fantastic, a highlight, a 9 1/2 out of 10, majestic, great mate - woof”. The snow was falling in big chunks, it was soooo soft we could pick it up in our hands and blow and it would scatter in every direction - gorgeous. Snow flakes fell on our nose and eyelashes - these were a few of our favourite things (oh oh we could write a song about that - ha ha, but getting a bit ahead of ourselves cause that song is for Austria and that was next). Following the decent down Mount Rigi, we continued the cruise to Fluelen and then trained back to Konstanz. An incredibly illustrious excursion,

We learned that Swiss legend has it that Belgian King Leopold drove his Packard 120 Convertible Coupe down the steep bank just before Kussnacht and crashed into a pear tree. Unfortunately his wife, Queen Astrid, died in the accident. The grieving King had the car submerged into Lake Luzern, at an abyss south of the Meggenhorn. But Leopold never overcame the loss of his wife. Every time he came back to Switzerland on vacation, he visited the chapel, which was built in memory of Astrid.

After a particularly wild dream, he remembered the jewellery box with Astrid’s gems, rings, brooches, bracelets and earrings. On August 29, exactly four years after the accident, he boarded a steamboat with his backpack full of gems. As the ship was near the Meggenhorn, he threw the stones over board into the water, one after the other.

In August 2010, scuba-diver, Leo B, dug through the sand at the base of the 30 meter high Schillerstein (south of the Meggenhorn) and found a stone, a sparkling emerald. That evening, for no apparent reason at all, Leo B lost control over his vehicle. As the car and the body were retrieved, the policemen were surprised to find the stone in the pocket of his blazer. The name of is wife, as it was written in the obituary, was Astrid.

A beautiful, tragic, goose bumpy love story that one.

Before leaving Switzerland we went to check our bank account, but hang on a second what happened to all that money... Very funny, someone's been dreaming - again.

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Heather Knuth on

Snow is so glorious isnt it, we saw it fall for our first time at the grand canyon and was more interested in the snow than the canyon........
Lucky you looks amazing

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