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Report 1566: We Love Switzerland

By Kathryn J from USA, Summer 2008

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Page 5 of 12: Grindlewald/First 8/27/08

photo by Kathryn

View of Grindelwald valley from First

The trip up to First from Grindelwald was one of my favorite trips. We again caught the train in Lauterbrunnen to Zweilutschinen. At this point we were to switch trains and go to Grindelwald. Dennis forgot something on the train and went back to get it. When he was ready to get off again, the train started and off he went... I think I uttered an expletive at this point, but didn't panic. I assumed that he would figure out that all he needed to do was get off the train at the next stop and come back. This is exactly what he did - and I had time to walk around while I was waiting. The stream that runs between Interlaken and Lauterbrunnen is glacier fed and very white. I took pictures of the stream and had a relaxing 30 minutes waiting for him.

The rest of the trip went without a hitch. The walk through Grindelwald was interesting, but I decided that I was glad we were staying in smaller Lauterbrunnen. Grindelwald was much too crowded with too many tour buses for me. The gondola ride from Grindelwald to First was amazing. We were alone in the six-person gondola, which was very cool. We took lots of pictures and marveled at the views.

At the top we hiked around, watched paragliders and then ate lunch - looking out over the Grindelwald valley. We also took too many pictures of the views. This was one of my favorite days of the trip - despite Dennis getting stuck on the train. We stopped in Grindelwald on the way back and had drinks and a pastry at a tea shop. I think I have seen pictures of this shop in the Slow Travel picture section - so it was neat to see it in person. The pastry was also very good.

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