The Glacier Express
Trip Start Jun 27, 2009
17Trip End Jul 13, 2009
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As we left Andermatt, we listened to the William Tell Overture, as we were entering Uri Canton, or William Tell country. Here in 1307, as the story goes, Tell refused to bow to the hat of Gessler and was forced to shoot an apple off his son’s head. Tell later killed Gessler and freed his people from his tyranny.
We passed over the Susten Pass and stopped to look at the Stein glacier before heading down into the valley. We passed the town of Meiringen that is famous for two things: the first is Meringue and the second is Sherlock Holmes’ story, The Final Solution. Those of you who have read Holmes will recognize the story in which Doyle killed off Holmes in a death match with Professor Moriarity at Reichenbach Falls.
We actually had to deal with rain at this point, but really couldn’t complain, as we hadn't experienced any except for brief evening thunderstorms a couple of times. We arrived in Grindenwald just before dinner and got our first look at one of the three mountains in that area, the Eiger. Since it was July 4th, the hotel gave us a little reception before dinner and had hung an American flag in the lobby to great us.
Pictures soon. The words on the computer are all in German and I am having trouble figuring out what is what.