And the view from our hotel is . . . (Wengen)

gold. Switzerland2011_6950We opened our balcony door yesterday, and stepped out into a choir of cowbells and sweet mountain air. It’s delicious here. Delicious, sunny, and cool. I want to bring it all home.Switzerland2011_6907Yesterday was a train day from Geneva into the mountain town of Wengen where our hotel is (howdy, 4 connections!), and about a quarter through our journey, a man with a thin moustache, red plaid shirt, suspenders, and felt hat with feathers walked by us on the train. I whispered Walk about four times in varying volumes until he looked up, and could share in my Swiss glee. Other than yodeling, my stereotypes are pretty close toasties.

We started seeing red awnings and white and brown chalets with green shutters and long roofs that extend almost to the ground sooner than I would’ve thought after leaving Geneva. My jubilance increased with each one. There is something magical about childhood imaginings coming true. Walking sticks, dormers with mini-shutters, and vests became more prominent, as did my slight fear that we would end up actually in the middle of nowhere. We did, and it is glorious.Switzerland2011_6920

We passed teal, clear lakes dotted with sails and ducks, and chugged out of mountain tunnels on a cog-train into Wengen. This mountain town (whose residents must number less than 1000) is pristine (they have street-sweepers on streets too small to be named), and fresh. Switzerland2011_6953

Walk, I said on a quick walk around Wengen last night, don’t you feel like you’re in a dream? (that light on the mountain is the waterfall being lit.) He didn’t feel as ethereal as I, but he does find it almost as awesome as I do. Switzerland2011_6936By the by, Walker (who, you know, is the best photographer I know) took these all out our balcony.Switzerland2011_6942

I just wanted to throw in a dash of what is to come (we hiked the Alps today); did I have premonitions of Sound of Music?Switzerland2011_1198

7 Responses to “And the view from our hotel is . . . (Wengen)”

  1. I can’t even express to you how jealous I am – the view from my Balcony is currently a concrete office block. Have an amazing time x

  2. Wow!

  3. That’s where the Sound of Music field is! Last fall, my friend and I went on the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, Austria, in search of the ellusive field from the opening scene of the Sound of Music. We even took a cable car to the top of the Untersberg mountain, but all we found were rocky trails. Glad you found it 🙂

  4. Ahh I can smell the alpine air!! Love all the pictures, especially the one of you, it is super cute 🙂

  5. Thank you for reminding me of my trips to Switzerland; what a gift they were! I think Switzerland is right up there with Italy for most beautiful, enjoyable vacation spots.

  6. I’m glad you enjoy the mountains and being in the middle of nowhere more than I did.

  7. It’s hard to believe that there’s actually a place that looks like this. And I wish I was there.

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