Jan 17, 2018 - 11:16 PM
in reply to Pickergal
I have really enjoyed reading all your reports and seeing your photographs.
It was a very emotional trip for you indeed and so glad you enjoyed your family time! We have no family ties at all with Switzerland but after our first trip we just felt we had to keep going back again and now after so many holidays there it feels like "home from home" to us. I loved your idea of taking photos of Max for your grandchildren - very clever!
Doing your research before your trip certainly paid dividends for you - even though we know the country so well now, I still do research to find out whether there is anything special or unusual happening during our time there (that's how I found out about a vintage car rally being held in Adelboden last year.
It is a good point you make about checking before you leave a train or restaurant - we have on more than one occasion left behind a hat/ spectacles/ backpack and had to retrieve them. The Swiss must be used to us careless tourists as they are so good at helping to reunite us with our belongings! We have also found that they are incredibly kind and helpful. We were invited by our apartment hosts in Thun to share a meal with them on several occasions and the lady who owns the apartment we rented in Uetendorf last year came to collect us from the station in Thun to drive us to the apartment and later took us back to Thun to drop off our heavy luggage before we left for home. She also brought us home-made fruit tarts and told us to help ourselves to fruit and salad vegetables from her garden.
You seem to have done quite a few things that are still on our wish list! Witnessing an alpine descent is one of them. We have enjoyed August 1st parades in Interlaken a few times but this year our holiday will be in September so I am going to look for an alpine descent in our vicinity. Also on my wish list is the Stanserhorn Calibrio. And Vevey and the vineyards - perhaps they were just closed because it was a Monday - we have found a few castles and museums close or have half-days on Mondays.
We are heading to Lugano for a week in June as well. We cope pretty well with German and French but Italian could be a bit of a problem for us too! All the more reason to research that visit comprehensively before we go!
Glad you enjoyed your panoramic train trips - you did well to fit them all into your itinerary. Also pleased you managed to see a bit of the Matterhorn at least! We have seen it almost covered in cloud but luckily also on a sunny day! We had a standing joke that when I looked up weather forecast for Zermatt I frequently had to say "guess what - it's raining in Zermatt!"
Thank you for all the helpful tips and comments in your reports - they will surely help others in the same way the forum helped you. Hope you do manage a return trip.
PS Barley soup is one of my favourite Swiss dishes!