Interlaken

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After a rowdy night with the Gaytons where there was a lot of laughing and too much vino consumed we headed to Interlaken for the day.

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Interlaken lies between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and is a major tourist spot in Switzerland.  I was trying to take a photo of the many paragliders floating down from the sky into town but just couldn’t seem to catch them in time.  We also spent a lot of time trying to talk Stephanie into having a jump…

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And tried to talk someone into going for a swim…..

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And joked around a lot.

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And a couple of cousins got to spend some time together.  A good day in all.

 

 

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Lauterbrunnen

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We are staying with the Gaytons in the village of Lauterbrunnen.  This valley is famous for its many waterfalls.

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It is a quiet village at the moment but in winter the numbers swell both for the many skiing opportunities close to here and for a famous downhill ski race that takes place in the alpine village of Wengen.

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We walked to the Staubbach falls.  A steep path takes you up to a spot where you can stand directly behind the falls.

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The view is fantastic from up there and the water crashing down in front of you is worth the climb.

DSC_0588-001This is the view from behind the falls looking out over Lauterbrunnen  with the Swiss alps in the background.

DSC_0590-001Claudia spotted this rainbow.

DSC_0593-001Afterwards we walked around the village.  I think the cemetery looks really lovely as each grave site has been planted with colourful flowers.  So pretty….

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The view of the falls is breathtaking from the village.

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This house is interesting with its grass-covered roof.  Camouflage perhaps??

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Later we went on a short drive to Grindelwald.  It is probably the more well-known of the two villages but a bit too touristy for my taste.

The glass blower

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On our way south for a holiday we stopped at Lake Luzern at Hergiswil.

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This incredible tree was in the park where we stopped.  I asked Urs to stand in front of it to give a sense of scale.  It was huge.

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There was an entrance and inside the branches of the tree spread out around the trunk like a cave.

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We also stopped at Glasi.  This is a museum and glass factory where you can see all the pieces they sell being hand-made.  These guys have people watching them work all day – visitors can stand on a balcony to see how it is all done.

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Claudia had a go at making a glass bauble.  Blow slowly and gently he said in Swiss.

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It was fascinating to watch.  Oh and the bauble looks beautiful.

Summer to Autumn

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The leaves are falling.  Colourful leaves that seem to get even more beautiful every day.  Green becomes orange and red and pink.

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It is quite cold now.  This morning when I ventured out for a walk I was thinking about winter boots and a warmer coat.

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Oh and the fog.  It is definitely fog season.  The other day it felt very much like snow wasn’t far away…. We can only hope.  A snowy landscape is a such a pretty one.

Rain rain go away

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It is rainy and foggy here.  I have spent all week outside washing huge walls of windows and metal blinds because soon it will be too cold to be out there.  Today I am craving sunshine and blue skies that go on forever.  Kookaburras laughing.  Koalas sleeping and occasionally waking up to grab a few gum leaves.  A swim in our pool.  Washing hanging outside on the clothesline and smelling like the sun.  Birds that wake you up at sunrise.  The weather is making me a little homesick again.  But on Saturday we are off on a week-long holiday to Lauterbrunnen (where I hear there may be snow).  And I am really looking forward to some time in the alps!!  In the meantime I look out the window at this gorgeous maple whose leaves have turned the most beautiful colours…. and pretend I can’t see the endless rain.

What is the most popular chip flavour in Switzerland?

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Paprika.  Yes, paprika.  And these are the best ones.  Zweifel.  They have become my favourite too just in time for me to go back to Australia where we don’t have this flavour….

(This was written especially for my friend Kym who was lonely without one of my fabulous and very interesting posts to read…… 🙂  mwah xxxxx)

Double digits means…..

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……. double cake!!  Happy 10th birthday Claudie xxxxxx

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She picked a himbeertorte (raspberry cake) and schwarzwaldtorte (black forest cake) – although I suspect the second one was for our benefit because she doesn’t like dark chocolate.  Claudie is sweet like that.

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How did ten years go by so quickly??

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She is beautiful inside and out.  Kind, smart, funny, adventurous, a little shy at times, a lot courageous at times.  We love this girl xxxxxxxxx

 

 

Foggy, colourful days

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Autumn is a dreamy season of foggy, dark mornings……

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Incredible colours…..

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And the start of trees shedding their leaves ready for winter.

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There are dewy webs everywhere and a stillness in the air.  The busyness of summer has passed and again it is quiet in our neighbourhood.  I feel so lucky to have been here for four seasons and to see how not only the landscape changes but also the activity of the people who live here.   The temperature now is a lot like winter at home in Brisbane.

 

 

Elvis is made of pumpkin

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Yesterday Anita, Claudie and I went to Seegraben to a pumpkin festival.  And there he was in all his glory….. the King.

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Seegraben is just down the road from Zurich and is a beautiful spot on Lake Pfaeffikon.

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The pumpkin festival is an annual event that runs for a few months.  A German artist created these pumpkin sculptures which were huge and quite impressive.

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There was an incredible array of colours and shapes…

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These ones were absolutely bizzare.

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Some were huge….

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Claudia is tall so it gives you some idea just how big these are.  These ones were used in the recent pumpkin regatta – people actually get in these and paddle up the lake in a crazy pumpkin race!

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The apples on the trees lining the labyrinths are used to make Shorley (which is a really nice sparkling apple drink).

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They also have a wish tree in the middle of one of the mazes.  People can tie a piece of cloth to the tree and make a wish.

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The kids were kept well entertained with hay bale climbing/jumping/burrowing…. pumpkin carving, swinging in large hammocks, tree climbing, pumpkin throwing……  Kids are the same everywhere.