Traveling Nancy

Traveling around the world as far as I can go.

September 11th

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This was truly a touristy day without much exercise. When we woke up this morning, the weather was pretty clear. I took these photos from our window.

We decided that we would leave Wengen and go to Mürren today.

Here are just a couple of facts that I read about Wengen and Murren.

  • Wengen is at an elevation of 1,274m (4,180 ft) above sea level, It has approximately 1,300 year-round residents, which swells to 5,000 during summer and to 10,000 in the winter.
  • Mürren is at an elevation of 1,638 metres (5,374 ft) above sea level. It has a year-round population of 450, but has 2,000hotel beds.

You have to get to either of these small towns via train, tram, or gondola.  No cars are allowed.

As we were leaving the Bernerhof, I took a picture of the key system It was very unique. The keys to each room were heavy. So as we left the hotel each time, we put our key into the board and turned it. Then you took the lighter key above it to take with you for the day.

I took a photo of the street in Wengen as we were walking to the train station.

We took the train to Lauterbrunnen and I again took photos from the train. I love this place.

From Lauterbrunnen we took the gondola to Grutschap and then switched to a train that went through Winteregg and on to Murren

We could see back across the valley to Wengen from the train. I just remembered something from the other night.  When we were looking for a pizza place in Wengen, Shirley looked on Trip Advisor. It came up with a place only 3.1 miles away in Mürren.  That is how the crow flies.  It took about an hour to get from Wengen to Mürren by train, gondola, and another train..

We realized that the weather forecast was again for rain in the afternoon so we decided we better get up to Schilthorn before the clouds cover the mountains. So we dropped our luggage off at Eiger Guesthouse. Shirley realized that we didn’t even need to take our backpacks or our walking poles. We walked through the town of Mürren to the aerial cableway for the 30 minute ride up to the summit of Schilthorn at 2970 meters.

I took a photo of the cable for the tramway …

… and a view from it.

We were so lucky to make that decision. There were spectacular panoramic views. I don’t know which mountain is which, but there were views of Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau.

They are celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the opening of Schilthorn and the restaurant. The project was started but could not be completed because of lack of money. Then the movie production team for the movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service staring George Lazerby as Secret Agent 007 found the restaurant partly constructed, and contributed financially to its completion in return for exclusive use for filming the movie (released in 1969), in which the building has a prominent role. Afterwards, the restaurant retained the Piz Gloria name of the film location, and currently acknowledges the film’s significant contribution to its commercial reputation

We sure had a lot of fun taking photos of ourselves with the image of James Bond.

We really enjoyed eating lunch Piz Gloria as the restaurant rotated 360 degrees around its own access giving us views of over 200 mountain peaks. They claim that this was the world’s first revolving restaurant, but actually the first one was the Space Needle in Seattle which opened during the 1962 World’s Fair.

I know it was silly but I had to try the Flaming Mocha dessert.

The clouds started rolling over the mountains and we were reminded of how lucky we were to have made it up to Schilthorn early enough to get the views.

Soon there was nothing but clouds to be seen.

We continued having fun.  After lunch we went through the displays showing glimpses behind the scenes of the 007 Movie. It was really interesting to listen to:

  • Many of the people who lived in Murren at the time of the filming tell stories about what happened
  • Stories about the stunt actors and how one of them broke his seventh vertebrae of his neck during the production and was lucky to survive.
  • A person who was an extra in the movie and his experience.
  • Many other stories.

Then we did a virtual ride in the helicopter. We even tried a virtual bobsled ride and pretended to shoot a gun.  The first time I did it, I forgot to put on the helmet and goggles.

We were just like little kids having fun.

I did say that this was a touristy day.

By the time we rode the tramway back down to Mürren,  the clouds had obscured all of the views.  We  explored the town a bit. This house had such beautiful flowers around it.

Our room at the Eiger Guesthouse is on the 3rd floor and they carried our suitcases up the stairs for us. At first we were given a room with one bed. Shirley asked if we could have a room with 2 beds and they changed our room to a much better one.

We ate dinner in the Guesthouse restaurant and had wild boar for dinner. I did manage to walk up and down the 3 flights of stairs 5 times today.  I guess I can call that exercise.

Shirley is reading all about the area and trying to plan our next few days. With a weather forecast of -2 Celsius as a low and +1 as a high we are wondering what we will do tomorrow. But I am sure we will find something fun to do because we know how to have fun.

Author: Nancy Panitch

Traveling has been a passion of Nancy Panitch's life and she loves seeing how people in other cultures live. Her travels have taken her to many places within the United States, Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa. Being around people inspires her and she has much gratitude for the kindred Souls that are joining together with her in body, mind, and heart. She moved from Chicago to Portland, Oregon in 1982. It was one of the best decisions of her life. While in Portland she stays very, VERY busy. She volunteers (Inter-Religious Action Network, Human Rights Council, & ushering for various theaters); attends a Unitarian Universalist church; goes hiking with groups (Cascade Prime Timers & Trails Club of Oregon) and also with individual friends. Book groups, movie group, and bridge groups occupy her time as well. Her quiet activities include yoga, knitting, Sudoku, and reading. She enjoys all of these activities, but making time to see her wonderful 4 grandchildren takes priority over it all. She is happy to share this blog and hopes to encourage others to travel.

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