Here are a few pictures from our trip. I wish I could post them all, but I honestly don't think my few readers really want to see them as much as I'll enjoy talking about them.
A few days later we took a train and then a gondola up the mountainside for a 6 mile hike to a lake. We were in First, and although the hike was exhausting with 3 boys, the views were breathtaking. We all earned ice cream from Migros Supermarket back in the village after that day.
The second half of our trip took us to the village of Monstein, near Davos. This is the interior of a church built in the 1600s. the village currently has 180 inhabitants, and our Australian friends who live there have built an amazing community. Each day people dropped by to chat, invite children over to play, or literally borrow a cup of sugar. I sat in the church alone for quite some time, just imagining what it might have been like to worship here during a particularly harsh winter some 400 years ago. We were up at an altitude that was likely unreachable many months of the year, yet the Swiss work ethic and determination has certainly paid off, making it such a prosperous country.
These next few pictures show the ceiling of the church, stacks of wood ready for winter, cobblestone pavement, and a stain glassed window that is over 400 years old. As Teddy Bear told me on one hike, "Mom, there sure are a lot of mountains in Switzerland. Like 152 of them!"