Heidi, Heidi - jou wereld is in die berge :)

Trip Start Aug 29, 2007
Trip End Oct 01, 2007

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Saturday, September 15, 2007

I really didn't want to leave Lake Como. It was beautiful and relaxing and at that moment it was the perfect place to be. I was starting to get a bit nervous again as I was crossing the border into Switzerland - specifically Zermatt!!! Lets put this into perspective - I was born in South Africa in a time when TV was not a very big industry. There was a cartoon that aired called Heidi -which I loved -  in fact the title of the entry is the first words of the series tune ;) My family never lets me forget how I loved this program and they could bribe me using Heidi as an incentive.  I couldn't wait to get to Switzerland to see if it was all true. I did some preparation work so that I would know where I needed to disembark and then said goodbye to Italy for a while. Just as a bit of information regarding train travel - in France and Italy I was required to pay a reservation fee for every ticket that I bought for travel. It was the only fee and it is considerably cheaper than purchasing individual tickets but there are no reservation fees when you travel in Switzerland. This means that all the train travel on regular trains (not tourist trains) is free :)

The natural beauty of Switzerland is magnificent. The rolling hills, seemingly endless waterfalls and rivers combined with the dominating mountains make the landscape truly spectacular.The proof of the pudding they say is in the eating, in this case the proof is in the photographs that I have posted. I spent the time enjoying the passing beauty while listening to my personal soundtrack and I could only think that I was extremely privileged to be viewing this landscape. At this point, I could only say: Thank you, Vinnie  ;)

After my beautiful trip, I finally arrived in Zermatt and well - the town is simply glorious. There are no cars. The air is clean. The landscape is breathtaking. Picture postcard perfect is only way to really summarise it. The horizon  of Zermatt is dominated by Matterhorn  and the town is used as base for all the alpine activities. This includes  skiing and mountain climbing.  I spent the afternoon walking around the town and staring with my mouth agape at the beauty that surrounded me.I concluded my fist evening in Zermatt with a gastronomic masterpiece of grilled fish  - simple but delicious.

Matterhorn called to me all evening and when the next day dawned, I knew that I had to get closer to it. The only means at my disposal is a very expensive cable car to the peak of Klein Matterhorn. I grudgingly paid the money knowing that it has to be something exceptional was waiting for me at the top. I was not disappointed - I cried at the peak - I found that it was impossible for me to witness this beauty and not become emotional and a bit spiritual about the event. The pictures bear testament to the beauty that surrounded me and the fact that I learned not to wear a skirt and sandals to elevated altitudes ;) When I got back to the second level - lounged on the deck chairs on a terrace facing Matterhorn - burning the images into my memory.
Eventually,I descended back to the town of Zermatt where I learned of a cog railway that could take me up to the peak of Gornergrat which I did with much enthusiasm. Though the view from top was impressive and it afforded me the opportunity for some great landscape photos - it didn't compare to Klein Matterhorn but I guess very little will. When dusk descended on quaint Zermatt - I was left with only one thought. I didn't get to ski. Okay, you should know that I can't ski but if this town is this beautiful in Summer - I can only imagine that it is a Winter Wonderland. I have to witness that!!!!!
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