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Trip Report Grindlewald, Lauterbrunnen and La Dolce Vita on the semi cheap in Bellagio

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We arrived in Zurich from Tel Aviv for the last part of our month long trip. The Air France flights with a change of plane in Paris was thankfully uneventful this time and we arrived in Zurich in the late afternoon on schedule. We again had a reservation with the try harder rental car company and it was a marked difference from our experience with that company at Ben Gurion airport. We were the only customers at the rental desk and the nice young lady was pleased to tell us that we were being upgraded to a "better" vehicle than the Skoda that we expected. It was an Opel Astra station wagon with a turbocharged engine and quite luxurious. At first I was thinking that the turbo engine would be draining the gas tank as it quickly accelerated but then I figured the extra power would be useful in the mountains so what the heck, I took it. What Try Harder did not have is anyone to check us out on the car which would have be very helpful - along the way messages in German would pop up on the screen but since the car kept on running I trusted it would continue to do so and get us to Grindlewald.

Our first night was to be in Grindlewald and I hoped to get there before dark. Tom Tom led us from the airport garage through a highway maze and finally to the highway that we needed. As we left the area around Zurich the road became increasingly scenic and we lost count of how many times we exclaimed Wow! Look at that! on the way to Grindlewald. It also began to rain, a rain that would turn to drizzle and then back again to rain for out entire time in in the Bernese Oberland with some clearing for awhile here and there.

Tom Tom did great until we were nearly at our destination, the Jungfrau Lodge, taking a few wrong turns until we finally found it as night set in with the rain picking up. The Lodge has ample parking and the young lady at the desk who spoke decent English led us to our room. BTW, I noticed there is also a self service laundry just across the road which could be handy.

Our room, pictured in the photo link below had a good alpine vibe with a balcony and nice view of lights twinkling on the mountain side. We could not wait until morning to see the mountain view. We paid the extra small fee for Wi-Fi which for a change worked. The Jungfrau Lodge also has a work station in the small lobby that is free. Morning came and the mountains were shrouded in a heavy mist, which later lifted for the beautiful view of the Eiger that we hoped for. We enjoyed watching the trains snake there way up and down the mountain.

The Lodge's breakfast was an excellent buffet with a good variety of choices. After stuffing ourselves on breakfast goodies, we were off to Lauterbrunnen, a scenic drive of about 15-20 minutes where we also visited nearby Trummelbach Falls - one of the grandest sights we have ever seen and a perfect place to spend a few hours on a rainy day.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/basingstoke2/sets/72157634242659091/

Next: Lauterbrunnen and Trummelbach Falls.

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