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Report 1021: Switzerland in Slow Motion: 100 Miles on the Alpine Pass Route

By Kaydee from Tennessee, Summer 2005

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photo by Hotel desk clerk

The Wood Family - last morning in Saanen

We met Al for breakfast before he began his journey back home to England. He'd been such a good friend on this trip, and I definitely admire him for doing a walk like this, his very first, on his own. Then he was off to catch his train. We had an hour or two before our own train and passed the time reading in our room.

We carried our bags downstairs. The woman at the desk asked if we needed a ride to the station, funny since it was two blocks at most and we didn't have that many bags. We said no thanks, but then asked if she could take our photo outside. This would be the last family photo of our 14-month Grand Tour. I’m sure I waved the camera and pointed to it. She hopped up and said something (we thought she said “just a minute”), and we went outside to wait for her. To our surprise she drove up with a station wagon, ready to give us a ride to the station. What could we say? We loaded our bags into the back of her car, then asked her to take our photo in front of the hotel. The ride to the station took two minutes at most, or maybe just one!

The Golden Pass train to Montreux was fun and scenic, about an hour and a half trip. The train wasn’t crowded and we made a few stops along the way. Finally we approached Lake Geneva, and the train started to make a fairly steep descent, zigzagging down the hillside to Montreux. In all, the train descended over 2,500 feet during the trip. The view across the lake was just beautiful, especially the mountains on the other shore.

We changed trains in Montreux, waiting just a few minutes, and then we were headed to Geneva. The route took us along the side of the lake, passing through the terraced vineyards of the Lavaux. We passed through Lausanne and finally arrived at the busy station in Geneva. We had an afternoon in Geneva, then tomorrow - home to America after 14 months away.

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