Cruising the Countryside

We spent today making our way from Murren to Fussen, Germany, but first my crew indulged me and let me take a stroll through Gimmelwald, one of Rick Steves’ favorite spots. It was beautiful and peaceful and I was super glad we chose Murren. There wasn’t much happening in the village (which can, of course, be a good thing!) but I really enjoyed the quiet tourism of Murren.

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High in the Alps!

Our arrival in Murren took many legs – get the rental car, find the correct highway, drive to the Jungfrau valley get some groceries, drive to Stechelburg… And that’s where we struggled. It was a long day of driving up and around mountain roads (gorgeous!!) and we were super thrilled (…) to see that there was no one in the ticket booth and no cable car to take us up the mountain. After some detective work, we found someone to sell us a ticket, the gondola arrived and we sailed up the mountain, first to Gimmelwald then on to Murren. Our hotel, Hotel Blumental, is lovely! Our room is large and has a stunning view of the Jungfrau. Emmy and Chris are in the chalet behind the hotel – also beautiful and cozy!

Today has been quite the adventure! We had an early breakfast here at the hotel (yum!) then flew even higher – 10,000 feet to be exact! – to the Piz Gloria at top of the Schilthorn. Wow what a view! There aren’t actually words for it – it’s too astounding! The buding and observation decks were positioned so that you could see nearly everything. The clouds covered the very top of a couple of the peaks, but generally we could see it all.

The brave ones, Chris and Shane, enjoyed their jaunts out on the outpost decks, while Emmy and I stayed in the safer areas.   Continue reading