Yes, all those lovely views from clean and comfy trains are all very well but by far the best thing about Switzerland, for me, is meeting up with friends and sitting in a cosy home or hotel lounge or tea shop or cafe and just chatting about in myriad of topics (not excluding Miladysboudoir!). In Bern with B the chatter is comfortably (for me, anyway) in English. I know she loves to keep her hand in! But in Central Switzerland it’s in German: mine rather rusty from school days and Susanne’s in Hoch Deutsch for my benefit. But we manage all the same kind of topics, nevertheless.
On this visit I had the good luck to visit several beautiful places and sip tea at mountain top hotels and cosy cafes as well as the comfy and relaxed sitting rooms and kitchens in my friends’ homes.
Barbara’s kitchen overlooks the Bern’s River Aare
Adelboden from Tea-Room Schmid
Adelboden from Our Chalet Dining Room
Bern’s Munster (Cathedral) from the Schwellenmätteli Restaurant in the River Aare
Snowy afternoon at the Villa Honegg, Bürgenstock
Snowy outlook from the sitting room at Wolfenschiessen (on a clear day you can see the Titlis Mountain above Engelberg)
Lake Lucerne from the Osterwald Bar at The Art Deco Hotel Montana
The city of Lucerne from the A D H Montana terrace