Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Switzerland (Rochers-de-Naye)

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries. 

Today we made the one hour train trip up and through the mountains to Rochers-de-Naye, a mountain which is 7,000 feet above Montreux (Bernese Alps). The scenery traveling to and from the mountain as well as that on the mountain was breathtaking. Although quite warm in Montreux, there was still snow and ice on the mountains above. There is a quaint Swiss restaurant near the summit as well as a colony off marmots, which belong to the squirrel family. But all one needs are the spectacular views from the mountain as well as the clean, fresh air you breathe there to realize that  you are truly alive!

The view from the Peak of Rochers-de-Naye (need I say more!)

A view of Lake Geneva as we go up the mountain with Montreux, Switzerland below us and Evian, France (yes, the same as the water) across the lake below the mountains.

The view of Montreux as we ascend the mountain

An alpine village train stop on the way up

Houses and chalets in an alpine town

A view from higher up

Are the marmots waiting to welcome us? Such Swiss hospitality!

I guess not! This Marmot is enjoying his nap.

Ashley at the summit

You can see a cross in the background on the mountain

Time to wake up!

The inside of a yurt (the traditional style houses used in Mongolia) which the brave and reckless (you only say this after you turn 40) explorers can rent while climbing the mountain.

Ashley wants to....

Aracelis is thinking....

But my days of "yurting" are over- I'll stick with the Royal Plaza!

The contrast of colors (green and white) and seasons (winter and spring) are  incredible.

At 7,000 feet, Ashley asks if there are any higher mountains (not today!)

The view of Ville Franche as we descend the mountain

Our wooden cog wheel train

Mother and daughter realizing that I brought the Swiss chocolate!

The view of Montreux as we descend

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