i’m excited to share all these photos from the last few days of our switzerland trip. it’s been really hard for me to try to put into words just how much our time there meant to us. i feel like the videos and photos don’t do it justice. but i also don’t think my words could ever do it justice either. there were a few times, especially after we’d take a gondola to the very top of a mountain and enjoy the overlook, where i almost felt this need to be still. where it felt like if we spoke more than a whisper, it’d be inappropriate. i know i tend to be one who says “it’s so beautiful” about basically everything, but there was something about switzerland that almost made you unable to breathe at moments, because it truly was taking your breath away with it’s beauty. maybe there are parts that aren’t as spectacular, but even when we’d be driving along a freeway, the views to our left or right were making me pull out my camera. that greenery is so vivid and bold. it’s something else.
after our time in meiringen, we drove to lauderbrunnen, where we parked our car and took the train up the mountain to wengen (you can’t drive into the village, it’s accessible by train only, which made it all the more remote and special and unique for us.) we shared an airbnb with friends of ours which was so much fun. the kids were in heaven having little friends to run around with and we always enjoy the jones’ company.
i would definitely recommend the area we stayed. we also got a jungfrau travel pass (because the larger area is called the jungfrau region) so we were able to really explore the area and take all the gondolas and buses and trains around as much as we wanted. it was well worth it.
one of the countless gondolas we took. it’s really fun having it be your main transportation source for a few days. the kids were ecstatic at first and then by the last day when we were transferring to maybe our fourth gondola that day, samson said “awww man, again!?” and i laughed so hard.
they waved (and yelled “HIIIIIIIII!”) everytime another gondola passed ours!
the waterfall trickling down the mountain against that green. SWITZERLAND! I LOVE YOU!!!!!
just an amazing wooden playground at the top of the alps! and this was one of 20 we saw. winning all the awards for places to travel with children, that is for sure.
conrad is signing “horsey” here which is awesome since he’s riding a mountain goat!
do you see eleanor and josh waving? they were flying the drone together below us and it was fun to catch their attention and wave!
walking around this cliff to the overlook (called the first cliff walk by tissot near grindelwald) is something i’ll never forget. it was insane. i walked it with just conrad and samson and often had to duck or twist to the side to not hit my head on the rock and also conrad’s since he was strapped to my back in the baby carrier. i’m excited for you guys to see the video footage (almost done editing!) josh got of this area with his drone and also of us on the walkway because it puts in perspective how high and beautiful this look out truly is. it’s something i’ll never forget. it was incredible.
this boy isn’t phased in the slightest with things like heights. he was practically skipping on this walkway while i tried to mask my fears and put on my brave mama face.
enjoying some apple and pepper snacks with the view. we got really lucky that a beautiful herd of mountain goats came up towards us as we were here. it was fun to be around them as we took a break. samson still talks about the mountain goats. he was very fascinated with the bells around their necks and also their horns. it was very special to see them up close.
it’s so ironic, because here we are on top of the swiss alps, but it’s THESE THREE PEOPLE that take the cake in this photo for me. i feel very very lucky that they are mine.
i had to post this one because CONRAD.
i used to think nothing was as picturesque as a cityscape but you know something? this is. this definitely is.
was so much fun getting to share an apartment with these friends and do some exploring together. they are such good people and i love how the internet has helped us stay in touch after we all left DC. i need more of that sweet baby miles in my life.
our friend cree holding both the baby boys. conrad has a knack for gravitating towards our friends and becoming very fond of them and then preferring them to us. last week at church he actually left our pew and went to sit on the lap of our neighbor. he sat so reverently and quietly on his lap, happy as could be! best part is he never sits quietly during church for us. he’s busy moving around and being the active 20 month old that he is. we were laughing pretty hard because at one point josh and i both caught his eye and waved to him and he couldn’t even be bothered to acknowledge us. haha!
everyone wanted a turn being tossed by papa. :)
i think i said this already on instagram or another blog post, but switzerland felt so family friendly and i appreciated that. there were countless playgrounds for kids (and nice ones!) everywhere we went. as a mother of three, these things mean more than you know when you’re far from home and just need some swings or a slide to go down for a few minutes in your day.
everywhere we went, there were beautiful animals walking around. they would often come up to you, which made our kids’ day. and hearing hundreds of mountain goat and cow bells clunking around at the same time was really something else. we loved it.
these next couple of photos are from bern, which we drove through on our way to the castle in chillon which was our next stop and where we stayed the night. i wish we would have had more time to explore bern, but we only had an afternoon. we enjoyed lunch at restaurant lötschbergst in the old part of the city of bern, which was a recommendation from a few of you, so thank you for the tip! first time we had cheese fondue and spätzli and so many other things.
watching people float down this river felt so relaxing. the water color is out of this world amazing. if we ever have a chance to go back, i’m getting in that river and going down it!
this wraps up my photo posts from our trip to switzerland, although we have a video to share from the trip which we will do soon. josh and i really really love capturing photos and videos whenever we travel but switzerland just felt so picturesque in every direction we looked that we came back with some pretty cool footage. i am actually really proud of this video, i think it’s my favorite video we’ve made (probably because switzerland is topping the list of favorite places we’ve been) and so i’m excited to finish it and share it with you guys. stay tuned!