Sunday, January 29, 2017


Swiss enthusiasm for Rösti sort of reminds me of how southerners here in the U. S. like their grits. Can't say I'm a huge fan of either. :-)

"Rösti. . . is a Swiss dish consisting mainly of potatoes, in the style of a fritter. It was originally a breakfast dish, commonly eaten by farmers in the canton of Bern, but is now eaten all over Switzerland and around the world. The French name röstis bernois makes direct reference to the origins of the dish.

Many Swiss people consider rösti to be a national dish. Rather than considering it a complete breakfast, it is more commonly served to accompany other dishes such as 'Spinat und Spiegelei' (spinach and fried eggs, sunny side up), cervelas or Fleischkäse. It is commonly available in Swiss restaurants as a replacement for the standard side dish of a given meal." ~ Wikipedia

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Schwarze Lütschine

"The Lütschine is a river in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland. The Lütschine proper runs from Zweilütschinen, where its two tribututaries join, to Lake Brienz at Bönigen. The Schwarze Lütschine, or Black Lütschine, flows from Grindelwald to Zweilütschinen. The Weisse Lütschine, or White Lütschine, flows from the Lauterbrunnen Valley to Zweilütschinen. The common stretch of the river has a length of 8.6 kilometres (5.3 mi), whilst the Schwarze Lütschine is 12.3 kilometres (7.6 mi) long and the Weisse Lütschine is 13.1 kilometres (8.1 mi) long.

A story passed on by word of mouth showing friendly banter between villagers that lived on the two rivers is that the people on the Weisse Lütschine said the others 'were so dirty it turned the river black' and the villagers on the Schwarze Lütschine claimed the others 'never even washed so the other tributary remained perfectly white.'" ~ Wikipedia

A modern oberserver standing at Zweilütschinen in winter might note that during the day, the west facing Schwarzer Lütschine valley is dark, shaded and cold, whereas the south facing Weisser Lütschine valley is sunny and light.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Still More Scenery

Still more photos taken from the train as we headed toward Grindelwald. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017


Captured these images from the cog train as I was headed back down the mountain to the little village of Grindelwald. . .

wondering all the while how I could figure out a way to move here to Switzerland. Maybe the house below would be for sale? :-)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017


A refreshing mid-day snack with hot tea at a café in Kleine Scheidegg.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


More views of the mountains surrounding Kleine Scheidegg, Switzerland.

Sunday, January 22, 2017


"The Jungfrau ("maiden, virgin") at 4,158 metres (13,642 ft) is one of the main summits of the Bernese Alps, located between the northern canton of Bern and the southern canton of Valais, halfway between Interlaken and Fiesch. Together with the Eiger and Mönch, the Jungfrau forms a massive wall overlooking the Bernese Oberland and the Swiss Plateau, one of the most distinctive sights of the Swiss Alps.

The summit was first reached on August 3, 1811 by the Meyer brothers of Aarau and two chamois hunters from Valais. The ascent followed a long expedition over the glaciers and high passes of the Bernese Alps. It was not until 1865 that a more direct route on the northern side was opened.

The construction of the Jungfrau railway in the early 20th century, which connects Kleine Scheidegg to the Jungfraujoch, the saddle between the Mönch and the Jungfrau, made the area one of the most-visited places in the Alps. Along with the Aletsch Glacier to the south, the Jungfrau is part of the Jungfrau-Aletsch area, which was declared a World Heritage Site in 2001." ~ Wikipedia

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Friday, January 20, 2017

Kleine Scheidegg

The cog train, leaving from Lauterbrunnen, passes through Wengen on its way to Kleine Scheidegg, which is where these photos were snapped. I got out here to stretch my legs, enjoy the views as well as to grab something to eat in a nearby café.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Bernese Alps

Get ready for a boat load of these. :-)

"Bernese Alps, also called Bernese Oberland, German Berner Alpen, orBerner Oberland,French Alpes Bernoises, segment of the Central Alps lying north of the Upper Rhône River and south of the Brienzer and Thunersee (lakes) in Bern and Valais cantons of southwestern Switzerland. The mountains extend east-northeastward from the bend of the Rhône near Martigny-Ville to Grimsel Pass and Haslital (valley of the upper Aare River). Many peaks rise to more than 12,000 ft (3,660 m); Finsteraarhorn (14,022 ft), Jungfrau, and Aletschhorn are among the highest. Of the numerous glaciers in the range, the Aletsch is one of the longest in the Alps. The Bernese Alps are crossed by the Lötschen, Gemmi, and Pillon passes and the Lötschberg (railway) Tunnel. The magnificent Alpine scenery has helped establish the nearby resorts of Interlaken, Grindelwald, Mürren, Wengen, Kandersteg, and Gstaad. Mountain climbing has long been a popular activity in the region." ~ Britannica

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Lauterbrunnen Valley

"J. R. R. Tolkien hiked from Interlaken to the Lauterbrunnen Valley while on a trip to the Continent in 1911. The landscape of the valley later provided the concept and pictorial model for his sketches and watercolours of the fictitious valley of Rivendell, the dwelling place of Elrond Half-elven and his people.

Lauterbrunnen featured in several scenes from the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service, including a car chase in which Bond (played for the only time by George Lazenby) was driven away from henchmen of Ernst Stavro Blofeld by his girlfriend Tracy di Vicenzo in a dramatic pursuit which culminated in them shaking off the pursuers in a stock car race. The 360 degree revolving restaurant Piz Gloria which crowns the Schilthorn peak was used to film Blofeld's hideout. In the movie Bond escapes from it by skiing down the mountain to reach the village of Mürren at its base." ~ Wikipedia

Monday, January 16, 2017

Staubbach Falls

"The Staubbach Falls is a waterfall in Switzerland, located just above Lauterbrunnen in the Bernese Oberland. The waterfall drops about 300 metres from a hanging valley that ends in overhanging cliffs above the Lütschine River." ~ Wikipedia

Sunday, January 15, 2017


"Lauterbrunnen is a municipality in the Swiss Alps. It encompasses the village of Lauterbrunnen, set in a valley featuring rocky cliffs and the roaring, 300m-­high Staubbach Falls. Nearby, the glacial waters of Trümmelbach Falls gush through mountain crevices past viewing platforms. A cable car runs from Stechelberg village to Schilthorn mountain, for views over the Bernese Alps." ~ Wikipedia

Thursday, January 12, 2017


I think this young lady was just determined not to be the last person in her class to board the cog train.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

School Kids

I enjoyed seeing this class of kids with their colorful backpacks excitedly making their way to the cog train. There was no way they were going to be left behind. :-)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


Jungfraü Railway getting ready to leave Lauterbrunnen.

"The Jungfrau railway (German: Jungfraubahn, JB) is a metre gauge (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in gauge) rack railway which runs 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) from Kleine Scheidegg to the highest railway station in Europe at Jungfraujoch (3,454 m), between the Bernese Oberland and Valais in Switzerland. The railway runs almost entirely within the Jungfrau Tunnel, built into the Eiger and Mönch mountains and containing two stations in the middle of the tunnel, where passengers can disembark to observe the neighbouring mountains through windows built into the mountainside. The initial open-air section culminates at Eigergletscher (2,320 m), which makes it the second highest open-air railway in Switzerland. The line is electrified at 3-phase 1,125 volts 50 Hertz, and is one of four lines in the world using three-phase electric power." ~ Wikipedia

Monday, January 9, 2017


I was most impressed by both his tools and safety consciousness.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Mt. Pilatus

Two views of Mt. Pilatus from my hotel in Hergiswil

"A medieval legend had dragons with healing powers living on the mountain. A chronicle from 1619 reads: 'as I was contemplating the serene sky by night, I saw a very bright dragon with flapping wings go from a cave in a great rock in the mount called Pilatus toward another cave, known as Flue, on the opposite side of the lake'. This legend was the inspiration for Steven Reineke's famous concert band piece, Pilatus: Mountain of Dragons." ~ Wikipedia

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Friday, January 6, 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


"The Church of St. Leodegar (German: St. Leodegar im Hof or Hofkirche St. Leodegar) is the most important church and a landmark in the city of Lucerne, Switzerland. It was built in parts from 1633 to 1639 on the foundation of the Roman basilica which had burnt in 1633. This church was one of the few built north of the Alps during the Thirty Years War and one of the largest and art history rich churches of the German late renaissance period." ~ Wikipedia

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Romeo & Juliet?

Okay, I know this is Lucerne and not Verona, Italy. But what's up with that ladder? :-)