Wednesday, 20 July 2011

1000/490: 06 July 2011: Up in the Alps

Marion with the view from Schynige Platte

Switzerland is impossibly photogenic so some of these posts are going to be more than just a single photo a day for a while.

Today we took the funicular to Schynige Platte – not that high up – but far enough to make a good start on the mountains. Have been here on a previous trip to Switzerland and hope to return in the not too distant future. The views from the summit station are stunning – quite possibly the best view in Europe.

Once you’re up there there are plenty of short walks to get your legs in working order, and at this time of year the flowers are in full swing which means there’s a permanent tension between needing to move on and wanting to stop and admire.

Alpine meadow, Schinyge Platte Gentians

Later on in the holiday we’re planning to take the train to near the top of Jungfrau, which is the rightmost of the three big peaks in the centre/right of the next shot. From centre to right they are Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau

Alpine meadows with Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau

It’s as well we limbered up a bit strolling in the meadows, because our next decision was to walk down – all the way to Wilderswil.  After four hours of downhill walking we were beginning to wonder about the wisdom of the decision!

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