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“If adventure has a final and all-embracing motive, it is surely this: we go out because it is our nature to go out, to climb mountains, and to paddle rivers, to fly to the planets and plunge into the depths of the oceans… When man ceases to do these things, he is no longer man.”- Wilfrid Noyce

After Bern we head on to Interlaken and arrived late in the afternoon. Interlaken is a town in the Swiss canton of Bern It is one of the best spots in the world for outdoor sports and home for a number of companies that provide the best service in skiing. Interlaken skyline had a view of sporty people skydiving, hang gliding, and paragliding.

As part of this tour we had an all meat buffet and cheese raclette or cheese fondue can’t tell much the difference as both are served in communal dish served in a pot over a small burner accompanied by   red wine. Raclette is Swiss dish based on heating the cheese and scraping (“racler”) off the melted part. The term derives from the French word racler, meaning “to scrape”. Traditionally, it was accompanied by small firm potatoes, mushroom, onions and cubes of meat.

We retired in a village called Grindelwald, I know it sounded like a shire in Lord of the Rings trilogy but the Eiger village of Grindelwald in the Bernese highland is a mountainscape and the largest ski resort in the Jungfrau region. We stayed in Grand Hotel Regina Grindelwald and this is by far the most memorable hotel I have ever led myself into an Old world charm and sophistication, elegance to every small detail was beyond compare. Never mind the outside view of the welcoming and green hollow surrounded by a commanding mountains The beauty of this hotel will survive even without the outside natural beauty. This hotel was unforgettable to me because it made me felt so good about myself knowing I’ll be laying in its awesomeness!

Waking up to a foggy stunning views of the town and the peaks this hotel offered an excellent breakfast buffet and shopping as this majestic structure situated nearby shops. We walked around the vicinity and window shopped across the street until it’s time to head on to top of the Europe Tour The journey entails from Interlaken Ost station up to the Jungfraujoch, the highest rail station in Europe. Our tour manager made an extra effort to cover both sides of the mountain going up and coming down and the rail journey was just unforgettable.There was this quote by Rob Parker that resonates in my head as we trudge upward …”In a sense everything that is exists to climb. All evolution is a climbing towards a higher form. Climbing for life as it reaches towards the consciousness, towards the spirit. We have always honored the high places because we sense them to be the homes of gods. In the mountains there is the promise of… something unexplainable. A higher place of awareness, a spirit that soars. So we climb… and in climbing there is more than a metaphor; there is a means of discovery…”

I’m trying to find words to describe the picturesque scenes that witnessed my eyes from this trip but I’m astounded. The landscapes should have shaded a thousand words in my mind but I have none. The view was just simply breathtaking that even when I grasped for air, words just render me speechless…