The Matterhorn


July 1994 we traveled by car through Switzerland.  What an experience!  From Zurich to Lucerne to Interlaken over to Montreux and Vevey and Lausanne and Geneva, it was quite a wonderful drive.  Cheese and wine and chalets and Alps:  what’s not to love?   We bought fruit and olive oil at farmer’s markets, sampled cheese at dairy farms, toured vineyards, and so much more.  One of our later stops was Reichenbach Falls.  I imagined  Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty fighting it out at the top!   There is a very steep funicular that runs to the top of the spectacular falls.  I had my eyes closed the whole way!  The falls are a short distance from Meiringen, the town that claims to be place where meringue was invented.

Anyway, after Geneva, we swung back around Lac Leman and went southeast to Zermatt.  You have to park your car in the small town of Tasch and take a train, the Glacier Express, into car-free Zermatt.

Jim fell in love with the town, it is so charming and surrounded by the Alps, every view is spectacular!  The town is dominated by the Matterhorn, with its distinctive peak able to seen from everywhere in the town.

We arrived at our chalet-style hotel, got settled in our room with its balcony overlooking the town, and went out exploring.  Early the next morning, sitting on the balcony, Jim calls his brother Tim back in Arizona.  He said, “Just wanted to call and tell you I am sitting here, looking at the Matterhorn”.

What did Tim say? ……………  “I didn’t know you were going to Euro Disney”  !!!???

Jim says, “NO, Tim, the REAL Matterhorn!!  I’m in Switzerland looking at the real thing!!”

We’ve been chuckling over that one for years!