The Joy Of Travelling Pt2


I first became aware of Switzerland when I discovered the story of Heidi
It is a story about a young girl who lives with her grandfather on a Swiss mountain.
I read the book and then watched it dramatized on T.V

I was entranced,
 the T.V showed the mountains
 I had been dreaming of ever since reading it 3 times back to back.

I grew up thinking it couldn't be real
That no place on earth could be so beautiful

Boy was I wrong!

We set off quite late from the site in France
 as with all of our trips we had no firm plans
no site pre-booked  to rush to
Just the enjoyment of the open road
 and anticipation of all that was to come.

We stopped at  an aire just before Switzerland
and whilst Andy cooked amongst the fag butts

I enjoyed a beer

Beer for the non-driver is an absolute must
as the non-driver it was my dubious pleasure to be the main food giver
, launching food into the back of the van like cruise missiles,
 referee to countless arguments
cigarette roller
and general sorter outer.

A beer is well deserved
 and will make the next part of the journey much easier to bear.

It may make the driver pull this face




Everything is shoved back in

Packed away beautifully..........

And we hit the road once more

As we got fully into Switzerland the sun was going down and a mist was descending
We needed to find a spot to sleep.

finding a spot to sleep is always fun.........
Its either
 too creepy
too busy
too noisy
too overlooked

However, as we drove higher up the mountain a huge vastspace opened up in front of us.

a big car park next to
 a very dark
very dense
very beautiful
not too creepy
With a field full
Of cows
Which all were wearing Cow Bells
around their necks
I was so happy to discover that this wasn't just a sterotype
All that we could hear as we released
 the beasts
the children

was the gentle clang of the bells

A victory dance was done

And everything set up

for the most delightful evening
of sitting
listening to cow bells 
 inhabitants of the forest
(I actually text a friend to check for the chances of bear encounters in Switzerland
she was not reassuring......)
Then the moon came out from behind a cloud
My pictures do her no justice

I grinned like a fool

amazed that I was sat on a Swiss Mountainside

breathing in what can be described as
pure oxygen
such was its clarity
and purity
I could taste the beauty in every breath
to breath in the mountains
is to breathe fully for the first time

Reluctantly we headed to bed

That Morning
what we woke to
could not have been more wonderful
we had arrived at dusk and had only a tiny glimpse
of our surroundings
before it turned pitch black with a sky full of stars

We were bathed in light
and full of love
as we ate breakfast

and reluctantly
got ready to move on and really explore

Ready to hit


look out for part 3
driving the Furka Pass