Anyone who knows me well knows that I hate hiking and being outside for extended periods of time. The one exception is Switzerland. When you start out at the bottom of the trails, everything is green. As you go, you see cows wearing the famous Swiss bells grazing beside you. Every now and then, you can see goats scaling the cliffs through the mist. The whole atmosphere is very peaceful because you see few people. It feels as though it is just you, the cows, and the mountains. When you reach a certain altitude, you begin to see patches of snow even though it is summer. The higher you go, the better the view of the mountains. It looks too perfect to be real. All of our family photos look like they were taken in front of backdrops.
One of the best views was from the Piz Gloria revolving restaurant that offered a stunning 360 degree view of the Swiss Alps. Going anywhere in Switzerland involved multiple modes of transportation, and in order to get to the restaurant, we rode two cable cars up to the 10,000 foot summit of Schilthorn. I remember being terrified while riding the cable cars through the clouds. At one point, all I could see was white. It was worth it when we got to the top of the mountain. I had never been in a revolving restaurant before, and while I was standing on the terrace outside of Piz Gloria, I felt like I was on top of the world.
Until next time…
-The Tired Traveler