Friday, July 9, 2010


We left Montreux yesterday afternoon and headed to Grindelwald with a small lunch. It's only right to have sausage, cheese, and fresh bread on the train rides in Switzerland, and in typical McLean style, a nice bottle of wine. The train system in Switzerland is amazing. Trains arrive and leave exactly on time which means that when planning our trip, the ticket machine automatically sets us up for 6 minutes transfer times, and we will definitely make it because there are no delays. Along the trip we had gorgeous views of Swiss lakes, chateaus with flowery backyards, and of course, the Eiger. The snow-capped Eiger is an impressive view, and with its looming peaks, it's definitely calling us to Grindelwald.
The hotel Sunstar Grindelwald upgraded us to the Eiger Suite, which means we have an amazing view of the mountains and the entire countryside. Our room is very spacious, and I slept with the windows open and a view of the Alps last night. While the wine here seems to be less than spectacular, the food is amazing. For starter we had nettle cream soup, and a salad with dried vegetable slices and flowers on top. For entree we had truffle risotto with ham and crostini. It was delicious, especially the flower salad.
This morning, the food was just as delicious, with multiple buffet options. In typical Swiss style, they had muesli and yogurt with extras like apricot and fresh plum-like fruits. There was also fresh watermelon (this seems to be everywhere, is there a watermelon farm in Europe I don't know about?) and an entire array of homemade jams; my favorite was cherry with eucalyptus - surprisingly different and almost minty tasting. There was also apricot juice, and an open bottle of champagne. No time this morning to try out apricot-mimosas, but maybe tomorrow! The plan is hiking this afternoon, and then an exploration of the spa area downstairs. They have an outdoor Finnish sauna, and a naked co-ed roman therme, which is a little strange of a concept to me. I'll have to feel that one out.

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