Howdy, Samuel here. I was asked by my darling wife to help give an account of our greatest adventure to date. Switzerland. The land of mountains and vast green landscapes. Of milk and cheese. Of herding cows and base jumpers in squirrel suits. I will pick up our story as we venture into the Alps.
St. Beatus – Interlaken – Lauterbrunnen – Mürren
Our day began with an early breakfast though the sun was already situated high above the Swiss Alps, casting a majestic blue reflection on Lake Thun. We wandered from our overnight stay at rustic Hotel Beatus, down a steep walkway, and arrived on the ferry docks below. Now here on the edge of what I can only describe as the most beautiful lake I have ever gazed upon, I faced regret. Everything in us wanted to forget our plans of travel and swim. So I did…
After drying off we boarded our ship and slowly motored our way through blue heaven… Arriving in Interlaken, a small city nestled between two lakes, we stocked up on hiking poles and caught the train East. More unexpected beauty as we chugged our way alongside a fast-paced river and officially breached the Alps. Vivid green to milky white the peaceful rolling hills rose steeply into mountainous snow-laden crags on all sides…. We reached Lauterbrunnen, a small town nestled in the valley among hundreds of waterfalls… Here the tracks ended and we would have to continue our trek via gondola. Upwards followed by another short train ride we finally arrived at our destination of Mürren.
5,400 feet along a shear drop the village stands perched and clinging to the Mountain. We stashed our bags at the Blumental Hotel and discovered a pasta, local bier and a frightening view at a nearby restaurant…
We spent what was left of the afternoon exploring the tiny shops and meandering the traffic-free streets only to be rushed indoors by a thunderstorm. For the remainder of our stay in Mürren, we would discover every afternoon held a harsh thunder shower that would dissipate as quickly as it appeared. For an hour we cuddled indoors then enjoyed a stroll long enough to glimpse rainbows along the mountaintops before the evening light faded to dark.
WHO IS GOING TO WIN THE WORLD CUP?!
I’m casting my vote for Germany…obviously. :)
Since Switzerland was Sam’s favorite part of our honeymoon, I thought it would be interesting to have the rest of our Switzerland journey told through my husband’s eyes!
Our honeymoon was the first time he had been outside the county (excluding Canada) and it was so amazing to experience it together as newlyweds. Once we head back into Germany, I will take it from there.
Hope you all are having an awesome week.
As our honeymoon went on, and I hate to admit it, my journal entries became less descriptive and in-depth and quickly transition into little notes in my moleskin.
That’s one thing I encourage when traveling- document your journeys! You’d be surprised at how quickly you forget them and a journal is a great way to keep every small detail alive!
Going forward, I will take a different approach with the Honeymoon Journal series and will share photos and explain the story behind them. Sound good? I promise to keep comprehensive entries during our Christmas vacation this year.
Anyway, let me walk you through our first day in Switzerland….
Getting to Switzerland was no cake walk. I think we spent nearly seven hours hopping from train to train. After lounging about in Heidelberg for three days it was a difficult transition. But no matter, we said our farewells to brats & beer and said hello to beautiful creation. Switzerland is full of gorgeous landscapes. The photo above is where we stayed at for the first night. It was situated right above Lake Thun.
Because of the long train ride, we arrived in the late afternoon, but were set on making the most of our partial day. We set out to St. Beatus Caves and took a tour through the caves with a tour guide who spoke German in an Australian accent! It was a bit confusing to understand, but we still enjoyed the tour!
And the finale photo…this was the view at the top of the caves! AMAZING #nofilter #nophotoshop
Hope y’all are having a wonderful, relaxing weekend! I know I am. I’m recooping from a mild cold, so I’ve been sleeping the weekend away- very rare and also nice for me.
Samuel and I recently took a overnight getaway to Leavenworth, WA- a bavarian-themed city nestled in the mountains of eastern Washington. During our stay, I began to miss Germany terribly. Thank God we are going back this Christmas. I can’t wait!
The above photo was taken in the Vancouver Public Library. Last weekend we explored Vancouver for Valentines Day weekend. It was cold and rainy, but it felt like we were on an adventure. The last time we visited Canada was two years ago and Samuel accidentally let his phone run during the day and he ended up with a $1200 phone bill! The phone company forgave the bill and sent him off with a warning. Scarred and frightened, we spent the weekend phone less. It was surprisingly pleasant.
We went into the library and I instantly spotted my favorite section…the German section.
Needless to say, I now have a desire to acquire more German books so I can practice my rusty language skills. Samuel and I are planning our next Germany vacation in Summer ’15 and I plan on returning with a suitcase full of books!
What books are you currently reading? I would love about your favorite reads and recommendations!
Books I’ve Read Recently
The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Relish by Lucy Knisley
Books I’m Currently Reading
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Tschüss my friends.