I crossed the Alps on the historic Bernina Express, a 4-hour train ride in all-glass coaches. Postcard views the whole time.
Immediately hit it off with two couples from Australia and Wisconsin. Though we were all middle-aged, we gasped and exclaimed like a bunch of excited kids.
Looking at these pictures is it any wonder.
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My base in Switzerland was Lucerne, enviously situated along Lake Lucerne and the Reuss River at the foot of the Alps.
Stayed at the Hotel Chateau Gutsch, a classic 19th-century hotel perched directly above the Old Town.
My main excursion into the Alps was via Lauterbrunnen ( "loud water" ) Valley, the Yosemite of the Alps. I had never seen so many waterfalls in once place. Spectacular, breathtaking - you get the picture.
I took a cable car to the top of Schilthorn, and the revolving restaurant Piz Gloria, which was the scene of location-filming for the James Bond movie "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". All-in-all a fantastic day trip to the Swiss Alps.