Night Location: Wengen, Switzerland
Song of the Day: Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow - Michael Buble
Mumisode of the Day: Mum sheltered from the cold wind in a phone booth while David was searching for a restaurant for dinner. She didn't want to look strange so she had a pretend conversation while she was in there and then came out saying, "No one was home!"
With the dreaded packing completed this morning and the last eggy croissant (fingers crossed) completed, we set off for Geneva Bahnhof for our day of Swiss transport. We were all feeling quite tired as a result of the night club that was conveniently located near our hotel that opened at 11pm and closed at 5am. How lovely!
Swiss trains need a special mention here. They are disabled/suitcase friendly; they arrive and depart perfectly on time; and they are spotlessly clean. Given that we had to catch four trains, we were all very grateful for this today.
Our journey passed through some beautiful country: past the green fields and the icy green-blue waters of the lakes. For the entire journey we all kept looking up at the mountains and the tiny amounts of snow on the peaks and hoping for more snow. The weather has been so warm this year that the snow season has been postponed for another week. It is so unusual as usually by this time there has been plenty of snow.
The landscape without snow is so stunning. Alpine regions are David's favourite and we can understand why. Up above us at Lauterbrunnen, our base station, there are huge rocky ledges, pine trees standing with bare deciduous trees and the faint glimmer of snow. Dad had his first journey on a Swiss cog railway, so that was very exciting. It is just amazing how steep the train goes and how quickly you change altitude.
Arriving in Wengen, there was no snow in sight. Quite bizarre for a ski village. The sky was very close and grey and we are told that there is snow on the way. It is only a short walk from the train station down the hill to our hotel but it is fairly steep and we can only imagine how hazardous it might have been with trolley bags and icy conditions.
The hotel itself is just fantastic. We all have massive rooms with a whole wall of glass that looks across the valley to the mountains. We can see the cog railway make its way across the other side. It is just so peaceful to lie on the bed in silence and look at this country. I think we may all sleep well here. A big change after the noise of Geneva with its night club.
As the sun was setting it had started to rain. No snow yet but there was hope! Fantastic dinner in the Eiger Hotel at the top of the town. Switzerland is a fantastic country for tourists; everyone here speaks English! Wengen itself seems to be quite a British village so that makes it nice and easy for us.