Zermatt Part II

Trip Start Jun 14, 2008
Trip End Jul 02, 2008

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Monday, June 30, 2008

Zermatt Part II

Had a couple of beers with Stuart and Kathy (we're on a first name basis now) and then back to the room before dinner. Had a pizza and french onion soup, very good. Stopped at the pub next to the hotel, had a beer and then back to the room ready for tomorrow.

Got up and went to town by the train station to catch the cog train to the top of the Gornergrad, a large glacier next to the Matterhorn. $72 round trip, around 45 minutes to the top. Great views at the top of the glacier, the second largest in Europe and also of the Matterhorn. At the top there were three huge St. Bernard's complete with kegs around their necks posing for pictures for purchase. Snapped a couple of cute shots with the Matterhorn in the background. Took the train down and at the Afirst stop got off and hiked to the next station, around 2 miles, bypassing a beautiful lake with a pic of a reflection of the Matterhorn on the lake. After 45 minutes and a 750 foot drop, made the next station and went back to Zermatt. Did laundry in the sink, I was completely out of clothes, read and then back to the Hotel Post for a beer and to meet up with Stuart and Kathy. They stopped by and were bushed from a hard hike up from town and back. It was also very hot and they said at one little village they passed at on the the little restaurants, the help were complaining that in the sun it was 112 and in the shade , 78. Stuart blistered a foot so they were off to find flip flops to get some air to his foot. I bet they take it easier tomorrow. Back to the room and the weather started to change and a storm was coming from the mountains. It thundered and lightening and then started to pour. Therefore, I had dinner at the restaurant attached to the hotel and then went to the pub next door to watch the Spain-Germany finals and see if Stuart and Kathy were there as I mentioned I may be there to see the game. I took one step inside and it was PACKED with people, so I decided that I would watch in the room. I bumped into Stuart in the lobby and went with him to the pub, they had been sitting outside, I must have missed them. Sat and chatted and never watched the game, could catch a glance now and then but Spain won 1-0, first championship in 44 years. I bet Madrid and Barcelona will be rocking until wee hours in the morning. Tomorrow will not be a productive day in Spain. Said good byes at 11:00 and back to the room to get ready to leave tomorrow.

Stuart and Kathy are great folks and if I get back to Luxembourg, I will definitely look them up.

On to Neuchatel tomorrow. It is around a 3 hour train ride. Sadly trip is nearing the end.
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