a couple of weeks ago, we went to switzerland to see my brother and his family, and to take in the spectacular that just abounds in that wonderland. unfortunately, my brother ended up being on a business trip in australia during that long weekend, which was a real bummer, but it was still so good to spend time with our sister-in-law and niece. we spent our friday and saturday as a little family exploring the lauterbrunnen and zermatt areas, and sunday with anita and moses’s little swiss cousin, whom he adores!
in the days leading up to leaving for switzerland, we almost cancelled our trip. ian had been getting slammed at work, moses had had a tummy bug, i wasn’t feeling particularly well either, and the weather forecast for the alps didn’t look good at all. but we decided to still go for it – and of course we are so glad we did. there’s just something so special about switzerland. there’s no other place on earth quite like it.
here’s some photos from our first day, which we spent in the lauterbrunnen valley. it rained and rained until early evening, which slashed our hopes of gondola-riding and hiking, but also made the waterfalls guuuush and the surroundings look misty-magical. we drove around on narrow roads up the mountains surrounding the town of grindlewald, and then up and down the lauterbrunnen valley probably ten times, just taking it all in from the dry car. and then, at about 4pm, the heavens just opened up - all the clouds fleed, and the alpine air was crystal clear and sunshiney. we took the train up to the village of wengen (where no cars are allowed!) and stayed overnight in a hotel room overlooking the jungfrau. we got up early the next morning to head to zermatt, determined to come back to lauterbrunnen another time – there’s so much to explore and the beauty is truly unparalleled.
^^ the view from our hotel room! ^^
^^ our evening stroll around the village of wengen included many perfect delights, like these sensational flowers, and those heart-cutout shutters! ^^
^^ sunsetty light on the jungfrau. ^^
^^ from the train ride back down into the valley from wengen. ^^
switzerland certainly has a corner on spectacular!