Our Trip to Switzerland To St Moritz
In St-Moritz we stayed at the youth hostel. We came to late so we missed the supper that was included in the price. I had to eat my can of sardines and drink my red wine that I had bought in Austria for a fraction of the price that I would have paid in Switzerland. If you want to save money load up for food in Austria. The hostel which looked like a school was pleasant enough. I had to pay more than hundred dollars for a room for me and my daughter, but we had our own room and had a good view over the mountains (paid 139.00 cad). I did not want to sleep in a dorm with a six years old for safety reasons, but I did not like to pay a lot money. People were spending thousands of dollars in St Moritz a day to stay in this resort area. To tell the truth, it did not appeal to me to drive in the dark in the treacherous slippery roads of the Alps at night. So we decided to stay instead of looking for a cheaper hotel which we may have never found.
Celerina Bergbahne was a great resort. We even had a deal on the lift passes. I arrived there when everybody got charged the same amount as a child so we paid sixty dollars for both of us. One small problem there was a snowstorm. The visibility was really poor especially at the higher elevation. Nadia was a bit afraid, her confidence was low especially after the scary hills that she had skied in Innsbruck the previous day. After awhile she felt better, I helped her getting through the steeper sections. We cut our day short because of the storm. I put Nadia in the Gondola. I timed myself so I will be there when she would arrive at the bottom of the hill. I hadso much fun in the ski-out hill. I just let it ripped. I felt like a bad parent for leaving Nadia alone, but things worked really well, I mase it im time.
We made our way towards Milan. There was a snowstorm and one of the passes was closed so we used the Maloja pass a spectacular hairpin pass. It was slow, but fun. The road looked like steps going down the mountain. Back then this was the most spectacular pass that I have ever driven. We gased in Stampa by then you see the influence of Italy. Italian language was predominant in the south of Switzerland. We made our way to the famous Lago di Como, unfortunately it was dark and we did not visit much. On our way to Milan we had to go through may tunnels. On our way back to Munich when our holiday was over we stopped in a small village called Cugy near Fribourg. We went for supper and we had a fondue. I thought that every fondue came with some meat, but I had only bread to soak with the cheese.
I ordered some beer, but a patron in the restaurant ordered some white wine for me. You never eat fondue with beer, they told me. I was extremely touched by his kindness. This area around Lausanne and Fribourg was obviously French. They loved chatting in French with Nadia. Later on tried to find some hot springs, but we had some difficulties. We also tried a swimming pool but we also had some problems we headed to the border to Germany in the north west part of Switzerland. There were quite a few cars trying to get through the border. Big line up. We made our way to Munich. http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474978511304
In the Youth Hostel in St Moritz
Our room in the hostel in St-Moritz
Nadia in the car, lots of driving
Snowboarding in St Moritz
In the gondola up to the mountain in Celerina Bergbahne
Nadia skiing in St Moritz during a snowstorm
Sitting down with the Alps behind
Picture break in Switzerland
Sun going down in the Alps
Spectacular town of St Moritz (picture borrowed from Webshots)
A frozen lake in St Moritz (picture borrowed from Webshots)
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