May 04, 2006

Switzerland = Gorgeous

To go from the impossibly turquoise waters which run through Switzerland to the brown murky waters of the Thames was just so…sad. Truly, I did not want to come back.

We arrived in Geneva Friday at noon, dropped off our luggage, and proceeded to meander through the old town. We stopped for some much needed coffee before visiting the oldest house in the city: Maison Tavel. We walked past the Hotel de Ville where the Geneva Convention was signed many years ago, climbed up the tower in Cathedrale St-Pierre, and then went down to the water where Jet d'Eau, the largest fountain in Europe and the emblem of Geneva, was not on. We had dinner at Chez Ma Cousine On y Mange du Poulet which translates to: At my cousin's house we eat chicken.

I just had to take this picture...check out the local police car...

The next day we went to Palais des Nations - it used to be the League of Nations headquarters and now holds lots of conferences - as well as Musee International de la Croix-Rouge (Red Cross and Red Crescent). They were both quite interesting. I attended Model United Nations and Red Cross Symposiums in high school and uni. We made our way down to Pleinpalais where a not so cool Flea market was going on…so we ditched it and decided to do a whirlwind tour of Musee d'Art et d'Histoire. After a short nap, we had dinner at Café De Paris where the menu consisted of just one dish: entrecote with a special buttery sauce. Chris was flabbergasted that a restaurant could get away with serving just one dish. No vegetarian menu haha.

Us at the UN...Bill Clinton and Fidel Castro both attended a conference in this room back in the late '90s, though they did not meet.

The next day, we caught a train to Montreux and walked to Chateau de Chillon. It was so lovely…different blooming flowers along the way.

The castle itself was awesome; for its age, it was very well preserved. We got to see a lot of it too.

After dinner, we hopped back onto the train and continued on our journey to Interlaken. The path we took was part of the Golden Pass, and a few of the trains had huge panoramic windows. The scenery was incredible. Little wooden lodges dotted randomly in green patches between mountains.

Sunday night was an early night cos we had to get up ridiculously early the next morning to catch the Jungfraujoch, up to the top of Europe (3454 m above sea level). We didn't realize how cold it would be (doh!)…dressed only in a jumper (Chris) and fleece (Sherry) we turned into icicles up in the eternal snow where it was minus 10.

I wanted to go dog sledding but that apparently only took place in the summer months…as did skiing/snowboarding…cos you know they are really summer sports. We got to see the three mountains - the Eiger, the Monch and the Jungfrau - up close and slid around in the Ice palace. Me sitting on an ice chair:

On the way back down we stopped at Grindelwald, a nice little village. We had fondue, ribs and chicken wings for dinner…yum yum.

The next morning, after checking out and locking up our luggage, we went paragliding! You can't go to Interlaken and not do an extreme sport. The drop was very gradual so it really wasn't that scary. Sometimes we'd float upwards if we came across thermal air. The view was fantastic! You could see the two lakes which Interlaken sits between. I got to steer for a bit and at the end the guy did some really sharp spins which felt like a rollercoaster. I got a bit nauseous but only after we landed. A pic of me in the air:

After lunch, we took the train to Bern and spent a couple of hours in the city centre. The cobbled streets and colourful water fountains were quaint. We didn't think we'd see bears on this trip but we did! There was a bear pit by one of the bridges.

We had spent all our swiss francs and had a plane to catch…it was time for us to go home. What a fabulous trip!

3 Comments:

Blogger kimba said...

yep i love that about bc you have blue ocean . hey nice pixs i love the one of you flying i would have screamed my head off lol ...

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha, guess you thought I wouldn't be reading this , did ya ?

I gotta say, I am pretty damn jealous. Here I am in Toronto, not having travelled anywhere in over a year, and I have to read about your travels all over Europe .... bah I say ... BAH !

But glad to see youre having fun , and who is the guy ??? Someting you havent told me yet, hmmmm ?

Catch you later !

-Prakash

11:49 AM  
Blogger sheryl said...

thanks Kim...I love that BC has mountains too.

Hey Putt! Nice of you to drop by.
Haha you have done some travelling yourself since leaving Queen's...the 'guy' is my boyfriend. I am sure I've mentioned earlier... :)

2:33 PM  

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