Our Snow Angels
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Hotel Restaurant Derby Zermatt
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Read my review - 4/5 stars
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)
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
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
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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