Friday, January 16, 2009


I have been asked by dear friend Amy to participate in a Photo Meme. I have to select the 6th picture in my 6th photo folder and post it with a description .

I am supposed to tag 6 friends to do the same, but as I don't usually get involved with tags and awards I am leaving it for anyone who would like to participate to consider themselves tagged.

It was 24 December 2003, John and I had spent a few wonderful days in Zermatt, Switzerland and this picture was taken on the Glacier Express, just as it was about to pull out of Zermatt Station....... we were making our way back to Zurich where we were to spend Christmas with our son and his wife. This fabulous trip was a Christmas gift from them.

The Glacier Express is a magnificent train, and offers what I’m sure must be Switzerland’s most scenic train journey..... and contrary to its name, it is Europe’s slowest express train..... but that’s all part of the enjoyment, for it allows the traveller to take in the spectacular mountain scenery as it unfolds along the way. However, there were times on that journey when we encountered dense snow blizzards that completely took our views..... nevertheless, it was exciting...... as we sat in the warmth of the first class luxury of this spectacular red train, with its large panoramic windows and glass roof...... winding our way through a magnificent winter wonderland, passing pretty Swiss villages, high mountains, through deep valleys, over high viaducts and even a tunnel through a mountain.

The ski resort of Zermatt is wonderful, situated high in the Alps and is only reached by means of the Swiss Federal railway system. On reaching the village, the only mode of transport is by way of horse-drawn carriages, sleighs and electric taxis. It is a world renowned health resort, offers superb skiing facilities and a paradise for hikers.

The exquisite village of Zermatt lies at the foot of the Matterhorn, not the highest mountain in Switzerland, but I’m sure is one of the worlds most famous and surely recognisable. You will all be familiar with Toblerone, that delicious chocolate bar I’m sure.... well, it actually takes its unique shape from Zermatt’s famous mountain, the Matterhorn.

You may be interested in something I discovered the last time I was in Switzerland..... if you look carefully at the Matterhorn logo on the Toblerone package, you will see hidden, the symbol of the Swiss town of Bern.... A bear! I think this is where Toblerone was first manufactured.

9 comments:

Willow said...

I think Glacier Express is a good name. Glaciers only move a few inches at a time!

Flip Flop Floozie said...

I have always wanted to go to Switzerland. We flew over it once when we went on a missions trip..that is as close as I am going to get..Thanks for stopping by..Sandy

Mountain Mama said...

I can only imagine the beautiful scenery you had! I love train travel. I have only been to San Diego, California and Duluth, Minnesota by train, but since I live in the north West corner of Washington state it was quite a ride and I saw lots of wonderful sights.
My trips were gifts from my children too. Aren't we blessed to have such generous children?

kreativehaende said...

hello Marion,
I don`t know where to write an answer regarding our cats-
there is Morris our male- its a "holy burmese" cat (I couldn`t find the breeds`name in the dictionary)- it`s very similar to the ragdoll...
the blonde one is Emily a British Shorthair and the grey one is called Cayenne (male) a Scottish fold cat.
I love to read your blog and look at your wonderful pictures. You seem to live in a very lovely landscape in England.
Greetings from Germany,
Waltraud

Barbara said...

It's always interesting to read what kind of impressions people have from abroad when they are writing about a region of my country. I'm glad you liked your trip with the Glacier Express. It's indeed a beautiful (and in winter a very special) experience.
Have a great day!
Barbara

Barbara said...

Out of all the places I have been to, my most beautiful and vivid memories are of Switzerland.

Betty said...

Dear friend Marion,
As I had a few minutes to spend on the computer I hurried over to check on you....so interesting about the Glacier Express....

Things continue to be topsy turvy in our little world of remodeling....

Love to you and John....Betty

Betty said...

Dear friend Marion,
As I had a few minutes to spend on the computer I hurried over to check on you....so interesting about the Glacier Express....

Things continue to be topsy turvy in our little world of remodeling....

Love to you and John....Betty

Kerri said...

How nice to see this lovely photo of you, dear Marion. What an exciting trip, and a wonderful gift from you son and DIL!
Switzerland is another country I'd love to visit. I loved reading your descriptions of this amazing experience on the Glacier Express. The world is full of wonders, isn't it?
We have -5ºF (-20.5C) here this morning and I'm sitting here bundled up! Ross has just fed the furnace, so the house is warming up now.