High Fun in Interlaken

Sondra and her new friend on the cog train

Sondra and her new friend on the cog train

Living in the Seattle area (when we actually have a house that doesn’t move each day) we take frequent trips to snow covered mountains. However, visiting the highest point in Europe, the Jungfraujoch in Switzerland, was a unique experience. We began our excursion in Interlaken, one of my all time favorite Swiss cities. We hadn’t been in Interlaken more than ten minutes when Sondra was on her way to go para-gliding over this charming village. It’s quite a feeling to see your daughter floating in the air, hundreds of feet from the safety of land. The next day we departed for the several hour trip by cog wheel railroad to reach the Jungfraujoch. Yet the trip is worth it. Again, I got to see my delightful chalets and cafes with gingham tablecloths. Arriving at the top of the mountain, you have views to Germany and France. The atmosphere at the top of the mountain is one of awe and also fun. There’s a chance to do a little sledding, hike to a restaurant , view an ice palace or take a quick ride on dog sleds. Coming down the mountain, we got off before the end and took a three hour downhill hike to a village called Lauterbrunnen. Don’t let anyone tell you hiking downhill is easier than uphill! Interlaken has a variety of charming hotels. Our family, (even though Allan and I are not “youth”) enjoy staying in youth hostels. We felt so comfortable at the Backpackers Villa Sonnenhof.  This is not the hostel you experinced in the 70’s.  Oh no! They offer free internet, all you can eat breakfast, tours, family rooms and imaculate showers. A friend just e-mailed me and asked if I wanted to go hiking in Switzerland with her. I’m ready and going to Interlaken will be part of the itinerary! www.interlakentourism.ch

That's my daughter, way, way up in the air!

That's my daughter, way, way up in the air!

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