November 08, 2009
Taking two more cable cars up from Mürren, we had to feel really good about three different kinds of special Swiss cards we had in our possession:
1. The "Half Tax" card for David and me (most public transport in Switzerland at half price, including trains, buses, boats, trams, and some cable cars; for an annual fee that is totally worth it)
2. The "Junior" card for Jason and Emily (they travel free in the company of a parent)
3. Our Migros grocery store loyalty "Cumulus" card (they were offering a special deal for the 2nd adult travelling free!)
With this combination of cards, we ended up paying one sixth of the price we would have without them.
We were rewarded all the more for our travels with views from the top of the Schilthorn, in Kanton Bern, Switzerland:
From left to right, the famous peaks of the Eiger, the Mönch, and the Jungfrau. Some say that "Eiger" means Ogre, and the "Mönch" (monk) in the middle is separating the ogre from the "Jungfrau" (young lady). :-)
At the Schilthorn summit, there is a rotating restaurant called Piz Gloria, which featured prominently in the 1969 George Lazenby/Diana Rigg James Bond movie, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service." We ate lunch there, and the restaurant abruptly stopped rotating while we were finishing our main course. The lights went out. The cable car stopped running (our route down through the snow). It turned out that the power for the whole valley had gone out, and stayed out for an hour or so, while they extricated a poor soul's paraglider from the power lines...we had seen one taking off just as we were coming up in the cable car. This guy was only 21 years old. You never know when your last day will be. Especially if you jump off mountains near power lines. But then it's probably worse getting in your car, right? While we were up on top of the mountain, we didn't realize how serious the incident was, and we were just enjoying the most amazing place to be stuck.
Even if it was a rather vertiginous drop in certain areas...I held for dear life onto the cable provided, as we walked along this dropoff into the snow, ice, and fog.
November 8, 2009 | Permalink
What splendid scenery!
Posted by: Martin LaBar | Nov 9, 2009 4:12:11 AM