Switzerland

 
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Where we stopped: 

Zurich

Interlaken

Grindelwald

Lauterbrunnen

Zermatt

The train ride through the country provided the best views and a lot of motion sickness. The mountains were grander than anything we could have imagined. They were magical. The sound of the cow bells making music in the town of Grindelwald made this picturesque country even better. One of the highlights was paragliding through the alps from First Mountain in Grindelwald over the town- our first time (and probably my last haha). Hiking through the alps was something neither Ryan or I will forget. The weather was mild enough for short sleeves; we were alone climbing up First Mountain- so peaceful! We ran down the mountain to make it to a restaurant with a mountain view before it closed. Thanks to a nice farmer couple for picking us up on the way down, we made it in time for cheese toast and hot chocolate. I loved our nightly walks from our hotel up on the hill down into town. We were lucky enough to find a restaurant that had $8 burger night. We thought that was a steal, considering we bought water for $8 earlier that day. And they did our American meal justice! 

Zermatt was a bit chillier than Grindelwald, but still breathtaking. There were no cars allowed in the village, just little mini buses that looked like a Disneyland ride. The store mostly fancy and expensive, but we found a small grocery store where we grabbed all the food we'd never seen before to try. We even grabbed McDonald's one night because it was the cheapest option. The other night we went to a restaurant for cheese fondue. I can't believe I ate all that melted cheese, potatoes and bread and didn't die! Zermatt village definitely reminded me of Whistler. We rode the train up the mountain to a view of the matterhorn- it was definitely better than Disneyland. Once in a lifetime experience that I wish everyone would get to experience.