The train ride from Geneva to Zermatt was absolutley stunning, the Swiss country side is just gorgeous! There were hundreds of vineyards that created a patchwork of patterns all over the fall covered hills. (all these pictures were taken from the trian window, so yes some are blurry and some have reflections but just go with it ... haha)
After about three hours of train riding we arrived in the whimsical town of Zermatt.To prevent air pollution which could obscure the town's view of the Matterhorn, the entire town is a combustion-engine car free zone. Almost all vehicles in Zermatt are battery driven and almost completely silent. I love that about this town, it adds to the"toy town" feeling that Zermatt has. After we left the train station we checked into our quaint little hotel, got fitted for all of our snowboarding gear, then walked to the top of town to get some pictures of the famed Matterhorn.
Oh how I wished this was a basket full of real St. bernared puppies! But I have already seen a crate full of puppies on this trip so I can't complain
Bethy is the biggest mustard fan in the entire world, so she was excited when we were given a tube of mustard as a dipping sauce for our bratworst and hashbrowns. She thought it was kinda funny that it came in a tube, so we documented it.
The next morning we were up at the crack of dawn to get ready for a day on the slopes. Below is the view from our little balcony we could just barely see the Matterhorn! After we had each put on about 5 layers we walked to the ski shop to pick up all our equipment then headed to the shuttle station to pick up the tram that would take us to the resort.
The bench at the tram stop
By the time we got to the ticket office this is what the Matterhorn was looking like ..... not a good sign. When we tried to purchase lift passes we were told we would need to wait 30 minutes while they checked the conditions of the mountain... not a good sign number two ....
Trying to remain positive while we waited ....
After our 30 minute wait we were all notified that the mountain was closing and would remain closed for the remainder of the day due to unsafe conditions. TEARS!!! Ok I didn't really cry but it was kind of a set back seeing as that was the entire reason we came to Zermatt ... BUT lets be honest I probably would have come home with a broken leg or something I am infamous for doing things like that haha. So we snapped a few photos of us with our gear to prove we had gotten 98% of the way to snowboarding on the Matterhorn paradise galcier. Reece had let me borrow all his snow gear which is nice I would have been sad if I had to pack all that stuff then never use it.
One street had some construction going on and instead of the normal tarps they have, with the company's logo plastered all over it, covering the construction site, they had tarps with children's drawings of Zermatt. They were adorable! What a smart construction company, high five to you guys. I took a picture of my two favorite ones. I just love the goats on the Matterhorn
We came across a little cemetary that was littered with golden fall leaves. I thought it was such a beautiful graveyard, each grave had a plot to plant flowers in, each one was different but all of were very elegant.
Our alternative plan was to hike to corner canyon. I had seen some pictures of when Bethy and Reece visted and it looked like a really cool place! There is a very short hike to get to the toll booth so we began the walk up. We had great views of the blue mountains, fall colored trees and wooden chalets all the way up. Our plans were foiled yet again! When we reached the toll booth we were informed that corner canyon was closed for the season. We were somwhat prepared for this since some of the trail that we were on was covered in snow so we thought it might be closed, it was still worth the walk up though I thought that was fun!
Our alternative to our alternative plan was to find a herd of either sheep or cows and take pictures with them. A herd of sheep grazing on the hillside right across from the trail to corner canyon came to our rescue, you can always depend on a bunch of fluffy sheep! I thought they were adorable, they had the cutest black faces and black spots on their knees. My favorite part about these sweet little sheep was they had bells around their necks, so while they grazed there was always a chorus of bells with a whole range of pitches ringing. When we walked up a few of them seemed a little bit curious about our presence, but most of them didn't even seem to notice we were there. So we took lots and lots of pictures and just took in the whole scene and the wonderful experience.
And of course we had to try and pet them. They had a similar reaction as the cat did that we encountered earlier, they seemed hesitant, but also seemed to kind of like it. It kinda seemed like they just didn't kow what to make of it. I doubt they have random people trying to pet them very often.
The views from their little hillside were breath taking. These sheep would have a perfect view of the Matterhorn when that silly mountain isn't being shy and completely covering itself with clouds like it was today. Good thing we got some good pictures of it yesterday and this morning becuase it was no where to be seen for the majority of the day.
For lunch we stopped off at another bakery. We looked for a place to get one last bratworst and maybe another pot of fondue but those silly Europeans close their cafes right in the middle of the day. So we had no choice but to eat some more pasteries.
We got a few quick glimpses of the beautiful scenery before night fall. Since we couldn't watch the moutains and countryside fly past us out the window we decided to watch a movie on the train ride home. The movie we chose was called Love Birds, it stars Murray from Flight of the Conchords (I don't know the actors real name) I thought it was a hilarious movie, if your interest has been peaked look it up just thinking about it makes me giggle.
Well this is officially the last post about my wonderful trip to Switerland. I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to go, I had such a fabulous time and created some lasting memories. It was so great to see Bethy and Reece, bethy and I usually get together to do something fun and crazy a couple of times a week so I have been DYING not having her just a 20 minute drive from me. It was so great to see her and experience all of her favorite things in her temporary European home. I hope one day I am living somewhere exotic so she can come visit me and I can hopefully give her an equally fantastic experience as she gave me both in Switerland and when I visted her in New York while she was completing her internship in fashion photography, I know they are a rockin couple! Love you guys!