Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

We first visited the pretty Swiss town of Thun back in 2010. Sitting delightfully at the head of an inlet off the eponymously named Lake Thun, it is a bustling place but a bit off the tourist trail compared to places such as Interlaken and Lucerne, which makes for a more relaxing visit.   We …

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Our wonderful train ride up the mountain on the Gornergrat Bahn, followed by a relaxing afternoon tea with the most spectacular views from the sun-drenched terrace, was memorable enough (see here and here for previous posts). However the icing on the cake was the breathtaking views that greeted us from the summit viewing platform a …

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I did a quick preview of our trip on the Gornergrat Bahn in last week’s post (see here). Like so many other things in Switzerland the little cogwheel railway is another masterpiece of engineering in a difficult terrain.     Obviously we were going up a mountain but in comparison with other railways we’d been …

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I opened up the “West Australian” newspaper yesterday morning to find an interesting article on the 125th anniversary of the Glion Rochers-de-Naye Railway, which we visited back in May (see here and here for previous posts). Quoting from the article, “The land painting entitled, “A Story Of The Future” by French artist Saype, depicts a …

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We had a very brief sojourn in Zermatt (about 30 minutes to be precise) a few years ago as we waited to start our trip across to St Moritz on the Glacier Express. We’d come up from Brig down in the Rhone Valley early in the morning. There was just enough time for a quick …

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The Thunersee  (Lake Thun) area is simply stunning and has drawn us back on more than one occasion. I blogged about a previous visit there a few years ago (here). Set amongst the snow capped peaks of the Bernese Alps, it has a timeless appeal and an ethereal beauty.   Having settled into our holiday apartment …

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Our home from home for a few days was the pretty little town of Spiez, Switzerland. Set on a little inlet leading off Lake Thun, with an impressive castle perched on the hill and boats bobbing around on the marina waters, we couldn’t have asked for a better setting for our first foray into the …

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After a few days enjoying the Montreux area it was time to move on to our next destination, the little town of Spiez on Lake Thun. Being Switzerland, the journey is often as enjoyable as the destination. The Golden Pass line connects Montreux with Lucerne in the heartland of Switzerland. It’s actually a 3 stage …

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We had thoroughly enjoyed our ride on the little mountain railway up to Rochers de Naye (see here). The information sign at the platform helpfully directed us to the various mountain top activities. It would be fair to say, though, it wasn’t the best day for sightseeing at the summit or for too many outdoor …

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We’ve always loved train travel and one of the attractions of travelling in Switzerland is the opportunity to ride on a myriad of trains of all descriptions. From fast inter-city ones down to the quaint little mountain railways that seem to defy gravity as they trundle up and down the mountains, you are spoilt for …

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