Friday, 5 February 2016

Our Eiger sanction

Tues 2nd Feb

                  A rather sedate day today nestled between yesterday's climb up the Schilthorn and tomorrows trip up to the highest accessible point in Europe.Our plan was to visit the town of  Grindelwald situated on a branch line between Lauterbrunnen and Interlaken.Once again due to the mild weather there was not very much snow around,a problem that would be rectified the following day.
            Grindelwald is situated near the bottom of Mount Eiger and also near the bottom of a mountain called First which up till then I thought was a company that ran a fleet of gas spewing buses in East Lothian.One of the first thing I noticed was the amount of cars running through this village meaning we had to start thinking before we crossed a road.It has a modern sportscentre with a new ice-rink to replace the one that was used to portray the christmas village in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.Yes I know an alterior motive for visiting this village.
                                 We visited the Hotel Kreuz to partake in a couple of fortified coffees before perusing the locality and lookin around at the awe inspiring mountains
Maybe there's a Swiss info bureau in Tokyo
The rest of the day was taken up with daundering  through the village, taking photos and basically having a chill day.
Hotel Kreuz again

Looking for a few tips

Mount Eiger with not even a glimpse of Clint Eastwood

Funny advert for a pizzeria

Another building used in O.H.M.S.S
                              After an afternoon of looking around the village and buying the usual souvenirs we headed back down the railway towards Interlaken for some nice local food-and one of the best Chinese meals this side of Hong Kong.
Once again it was a relaxing day finished of with a sumptuous repast,getting us primed for our journey tomorrow to the highest accessible point in Europe without the use of climbing gear.
Something to finish with

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