Written by Gemini-M on 04 Oct, 2003
We flew with Swissair from Johannesburg to Zurich. Great airline with great food and the chocolates onboard the best! We arrived early Saturday morning the 17th May 2003 and got our Avis rental(black Opel Astra 1400) and drove via Luzern and Interlaken to Les Diablerets.…Read More
We flew with Swissair from Johannesburg to Zurich. Great airline with great food and the chocolates onboard the best! We arrived early Saturday morning the 17th May 2003 and got our Avis rental(black Opel Astra 1400) and drove via Luzern and Interlaken to Les Diablerets. We stopped several times to take photos and to walk over the bridge in Luzern and visiting the farmer’s market. Anton quickly got used to staying on the right side (although wrong side) of the road and overall it was great having a car. No luggage to drag along all the time.
We met our SA friends (Andre, Antoinette, and their two kids, Mieke & Naude) at the timeshare in Les Diablerets and were amazed at all the snow still on the mountains. We immediately thought we didn’t take enough warm clothes as we experienced many days at 0 degrees in the mountains. Together we visited Gsteig, Gstaad, and explored Les Diablerets (all ski resorts) and Anton loved driving Andre’s Landrover up to the Col del la Croix. Antoinette spoiled us with lasagne and one night Andre cooked the best pasta I ever had. Just a pity we didn’t try raclettes. Together we also visited the Chateau de Villieriens, which had the most amazing Irish flower show on. There were thousands of different colours of Irisses in bloom in the most magical setting. We also visited a castle in Morges and loved the display of millions of little tin soldiers and tin pieces. Our highlight together was going up with the cable car to the Glacier 3000 and walking in the snow. It was a perfect day with a stunning view over the Alps and walking and playing in the snow was stunning. We took beautiful photo’s up there and wish to stay there but all wet and hungry we descended again to Les Diablerets only to find we all burnt red in the sun on the slopes.
Me and Anton also one day went to explore Yvoire. A medieval fishing village of the 11th century on the French side of Lake Geneva. It was absolutely beautiful with the streets adorned by spring flowers and the opportunity to finish taking a film full of photos. We also discovered a village called Nenier, which was only without tourists, but as beautiful. On the way back we stopped at castles and I went to show Sion, to Anton. We climbed up to the castles and viewed the incredible gothic church on the hill. A stunning place I visited with my parents in 1997 and had to share with Anton too. That evening as we drove home to Les Diablerets, we found snow at the Col del la Crux and stood amazed as the snow flakes were falling.
American ICQ friends, Hermann and Beryldean (USA), notified me two days before we left to Europe that they will be in Interlaken the same time as them. It was for sure an opportunity not to miss meeting and after phoning we agreed to meet at Lauterbrunnen. We decided to visit the spectacular Trummelbach Waterfalls together and had a lovely day together. Best cappuchinos and the most beautiful mountains and waterfall. We took them by car back to Interlaken and wished them well on the rest of their trip.
We had the opportunity to see Bern too and where Antoinette and Andre live and to walk in the woods close to their home. I loved seeing the poppies every here and there appearing.
Switzerland, we will be back!!
Written by MimB on 31 Jan, 2005
It is dead easy to travel by public transport in Switzerland. Take the Geneva airport train to Aigle and then the slow electric train to Les Diablerets. The total time it takes is probably about 3 hours. On our return journey from…Read More
It is dead easy to travel by public transport in Switzerland. Take the Geneva airport train to Aigle and then the slow electric train to Les Diablerets. The total time it takes is probably about 3 hours. On our return journey from Aigle to Geneva we had lovely views of Lake Geneva and Montreux. At Geneve airport there's a restaurant level where you can go into an old aircraft cockpit for a good look around without dining in any of the restaurants. We had a cheaper and more filling meal at the pizzeria in the adjoining train station rather than in the airport itself.
Les Diablerets is a small quiet village so if you're looking for lively apres ski, think again. There are 3 supermarkets in town: Satelitte Denier, Co Op, and PAM. Les Diablerets Parc is on the main road in/out of town centre but it's only a short walk into town where the shops are. We were happy enough to spend our evenings in the apartment. Downstairs there's a TV room at the entrance level. There's also a table tennis room in the basement. Close