Day 4– Interlaken, Switzerland
Today was a relief to our feet! We checked out of our hotel in Paris at 6:45 a.m. and took a cab to Gare de Lyon rail station. We weren’t 100% sure if we had claimed the correct seats. But, the seats were super comfy and everything turned out fine. If only they made airplane seats like that! Our train ride was smooth. The French countryside was lovely, with little towns dotting the landscape.
Later it dawned on us that the “yellow grass” covering the fields out our window wasn’t actually grass. It was dandelions and daisies! I wrote out 10 postcards on the train, only to discover that stamps overseas are outrageous! Maybe we’ll just hand deliver them when we get home.
When we switched trains for Interlaken, I was starved. I got a piece of pizza with goat cheese! I couldn’t decide if it was really yummy or making me nauseous. I think both. Then we bought a tasty looking breadstick, only to discover meat inside. Yuck!
We stepped off the train at Interlaken OST (which I learned stands for East somehow) and our wildest dream came true! Our hotel was directly ACROSS THE STREET from the station. For once, I got it right. The hotel was the nicest we stayed at (next to Tuscany, of course) with a fluffy white comforter and TWO balconies overlooking Jungfrau. Heavenly!
We couldn’t wait to get out and explore. We walked downtown and gawked at Para gliders as they drifted down to a park of long grass filled with yellow flowers. We ate at, of all places, Hooters, because it really did have the best views. (Of the Para gliders, not the waitresses!)
We strolled along the streets, with their amazing mountain views, and it seemed like a dream. The gift shops had a variety of souvenirs, but the one that stood out the most were cow bells! After some consideration, I purchased a cow bell ornament with Interlaken, Switzerland on it.
It was decided: We have definitely NOT seen the last of Switzerland.