18 July 2019

Alps Trip 2019: Innsbruck

Our view from the Hotel Seelos in Seefeld is lovely. Before we board our coach to Innsbruck, I take a photo:

Hotel Seelos


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14 July 2019

Alps Trip 2019: Maienfeld, Leichtenstein, and Austria

Today we say good-bye to lovely Switzerland. Its mountains and lakes are astoundingly beautiful. And Switzerland is the cleanest country I have ever been in. Streets and sidewalks are swept, graffiti is washed away, buildings are well maintained. And the roads! No pot holes, no trash on the roads, advanced infrastucture, including bridges and tunnels and overhangs to prevent snow on the roads. And the people were helpful and friendly; many of the waitresses and store workers were especially efficient.

I took a lot of photos on the drive out of Switzerland. Some aren't perfect since most were taken from inside our coach, but you get the gist of the lovely green country sides and tall mountains.

travel to Maienfeld
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10 July 2019

Alps Trip 2019: Lake Lugano

We slept in today - for a change we don’t leave until 10:40 am!

Our adventure today is a boat tour of Lake Lucerne and two of its towns. Odyssey has hired a private boat for our group. We set across the lake:

Lake Lucerne

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07 July 2019

Alps Trip 2019: touring Ticino

We are staying in Lugano, in Ticino, an Italian-speaking Switzerland canton. Today we coach to several different areas in this canton.

We stop first in the town of Bellinzona. The square we first come to is bounded by a fortress-like castle. Note the city buildings just behind the ancient stone wall, and note how the wall itself runs right into a large rock face.

Bellinzona

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06 July 2019

Alps Trip 2019: trip to Lugano

Today we are up early to begin our travel to Lugano, Switzerland. It's sad to leave the pretty mountain town of Zermatt, but we are on to more adventures!

Since our bus is not allowed in pedestrian Zermatt, we catch a shuttle train to the town of Tasch. There we board our bus, which is more appropriately called our "coach". Our luggage has already been transported to the coach.

We descend the narrow, steep valley from Tasch. Then we climb back up through a pass: Simplon Pass, a high notch in the Swiss Alps. Napoleon constructed a road over this strategically important pass in 1801.

Simplon Pass
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03 July 2019

Alps Trip 2019: Zermatt and Gornergrat

The next morning, I took this photo of the meadow next to our hotel in Zermatt.

Zermatt

By 9 am we were boarding the Gornergratten, a cogwheel train that will take up up to Gornergrat, a great viewing area for the peaks around Zermatt. These peaks include the famous Matterhorn!

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01 July 2019

Alps Trip 2019: trip to Zermatt

June 6 is only our second full day in Switzerland, and this is a travel day. We are going across Lake Lucerne on a ferry, up and over a pass on our bus, then on the Glacier Express train to Zermatt.

We get on the ferry about 9 am. Here is a look back at our lovely hotel, the Beau Rivage in Weggis.

Beau Rivage hotel

Our bus will take our bags and catch up with us later. The driver has a longer trip than us, because one pass is closed and he has to go the long way around. The ferry gives us an excellent view of the steep hills around Lake Lucerne. Imagine it as a high mountain range filled in with water - the hills rise steeply and tower over the lake. There are picturesque houses on hills with cows - and everything is so so green.




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24 June 2019

Alps Trip 2019

Weggis, Switzerland. June 5, we wake up after a long day of delayed flights and late evening arrival at the Beau Rivage hotel. Early in the morning we look out our window to this magical sight:

Lake Lucerne

When day fully dawned, I took another photo of Lake Lucerne.

Lake Lucerne

And another lake view. The grey, snowy peak to the right is Mt. Pilatus, and we will take a cog wheel train up it later today.

Mt. Pilatus

Our bus drops us in the middle of Lucerne at 9:30 in the morning. Below is the street view. Note the peak peeking through the street-gap in the tall buildings. That's Mt. Pilatus again.

Lucerne street

Our guide walks us a short distance from the dropoff point to the Lion Monument. This is an amazing sculpture carved right out of the rock. It is a tribute to the Swiss Guard, mercenaries notable for their service in foreign armies. The Lion Monument denotes a mortally wounded lion, carved for those who lost their lives in the French Revolution in 1792.

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We continued walking through the Old Town part of Lucerne.

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