There are so many beautiful places in the world that are a special treat for the senses.
Switzerland is a feast for the all the senses, most especially the eyes. It is absolutely stunningly gorgeous! This is especially so if you take the time to drive from picaresque town to town, and do the indescribably beautiful drive over the Alps in your own vehicle or by train. We drove it by car. My husband for the third time! He drove of course. I held onto the door and took deep breaths! We chose to do this drive on what must have been one of Switzerland’s sunniest days of the year because many, many thousands of Swiss were out in force diving over the Alps on their bicycles! This may seem insignificant, unless you have driven the road.
It is a VERY narrow European mountain road with precipitous drop-offs and no shoulders. Managing to pass the bicycles on this road was a task I was not qualified for. Jim managed without complaint. It is also great to take your own car because you can stop and enjoy the views, have a warm cup of cocoa, and take in the alpine action wherever you are. We, for example, watched a Bollywood Movie being filmed on the very summit of the Alps. The actress was wearing a skimpy harem outfit and looked quite cold!
I approached the idea of the Alps in a silently ignorant fashion, mentally scoffing at their altitude compared to other mountain ranges I have been exposed too. Trust me, the Alps are very serious mountains! They have very steep, towering precipices, roads and train-tracks that actually take you over the peaks, and hanging glaciers and glacier pools above the timber-line. Serious, beautiful, mountains. If you scoff at them like I did, you must look at them AND drive over them in the summer, sharing the road with all the bicycles. It is for me, one of my once in a lifetime, unforgettable experiences.
Starting the Ascent & Looking down!
Up we go!
Glaciers near the top.
I will leave you with a link about Tony Judt, an expert on the subject of the beauty of the Alps. In his tour-de-force book, “The Memory Chalet,” he envisions his version of heaven as a continuous train ride, forever traveling over the Alps:
I agree with Tony Judt!
We have been back several times, but have not driven again over the wonderful Alps.