Where We Be
|Glacier Express, Switzerland
|Not my photo, but this captures so well the magic of traveling by train through Switzerland.
Keep in mind, if you're ON the train, you're never going to get a photo of the train like this!
|It's fun to just sit back and relax and watch the Swiss scenery go by
|We found ourselves wondering what it would be like
to live your life in a tiny Swiss hamlet like this one
|A little silliness helps pass the time on long travel days.
Here we're having fun with reflections in train tunnels!
|Looking down on Andermatt as the train switchbacks
its way up the steepest stretch of track to Oberalp Pass
|Ah Switzerland! So many beautiful corners to explore.
|We had an hour to kill between trains in the lovely town of Andermatt. Not exactly
a hardship! We took a stroll through town and had a picnic lunch by the stream.
|Just give me a container of Pringles and a stream to sit by and I'm happy!
|It felt good to stretch our legs after four hours of travel. Only six hours to go!
We traveled 11 hours by train – our one long
travel day in Switzerland. We followed the same
route taken by the Glacier Express (an express
train) but used regular Swiss trains instead. In
some ways we preferred this since 1) they were
less crowded, 2) you could change seats (and
sides) since there were no assigned seats, 3)
you could choose to face forward instead of
backward, 4) you got on and off trains so it was
less a single journey and more broken up, and
5) it was cheaper because there was no extra
booking fee. Oh, and (6) the windows opened if
you wanted to take pictures or feel the breeze.
Of course, we did have to change trains six
times! Starting at 8:30 am, we traveled from
Zermatt to Brig to Andermatt to Disentis/Muster
to Chur to St. Gallen to Appenzell, arriving at 7
pm. We had a long layover in Andermatt but that
was okay -- we walked into town and enjoyed a
casual lunch by a stream. The whole journey
was lovely but some parts were extraordinary --
especially the steep climb from Andermatt to
Oberalp Pass. And at Geschinen we so wanted
to get off and hike a gorgeous stretch of river!