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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Up to The Matterhorn, Switzerland!



Day 9 - Up to The Matterhorn, Switzerland!

Stresa, Simplon Pass, Traesch, Zermatt, Stresa

Saturday, 7 May 2011
Mountain peaks soar either side as we are driven over the spectacular Simplon Pass into the mighty Swiss Alps and down into the "Swiss Valais".
We arrived in Taesch mid morning where we boarded the Alpine cog railway up to the picture postcard village of Zermatt. Here we walked around the village taking in all it had to offer in contrast to what we are used to in Australia, especially Brisbane. BUT, we had lunch in McDonalds here (and we were sprung) but it was slightly different to Maccas here.
Anyway shortly afterwards we took the funicular train up to Gornergrat which is the highest open air railway station in Europe. 3089m to be precise! The views across the Alps and of the Matterhorn were beyond belief! Check out the photos!
Later we returned to our hotel in Stresa and had dinner here. the food was great but the best part was that one of the waiters was so much like Manuel from "Faulty Towers", in looks and manners!

At the foothills of the Swiss Alps but still in It
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Swiss border sign.
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Getting closer to the snow!
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A place to stop along the way, it was starting to
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A granite statue along the way, the eagle thought
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Structure of the Simplon Pass is just amazing!
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Simplon pass cutting through the magnificent Alps!
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Looking back at one of the bridges we crossed.
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A quaint Swiss village, love the red shutters!
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More villages down through the valley!
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It's amazing where some people live their lives!
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On the Alpine cog train to Zermatt (Jason left, my
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Jason in Zermatt!
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Me in Zermatt - doesn't this place look warm and c
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Zermatt - so glad it's Spring, it was still cold e
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Zermatt! (like my clock tower hat?)
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Local cemetery, climbing accidents abound!
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For a small village, the cemetery was quite large!
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No large cars in Zermatt!
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The Matterhorn - we were so fortunate to have such
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Top station, observatory and restaurant just below
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Us up in the Alps! Altitude was so high (over 300
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The Matterhorn, and an amazingly clear day with li
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Us again!
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Interesting signs one sees on their travels!
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Even a chapel up there! (I'm hoping it's not just
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The Matterhorn again with the observatory below!
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The Gornergrat funicular train.
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The Observatory!
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Cloud cover is beginning to form!
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Great informative sign of the area, also showing w
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Swiss chocolate in Switzerland
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Views on our way back to Italy.
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Swiss chalets!
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Doesn't this one look comfortable?
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