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Zermatt, Switzerland

after the rain in the Bernese Highlands, water is flowing everywhere
after the rain in the Bernese Highlands, water is flowing everywhere
approaching the Grimsel pass, the scenery is disappearing into fog
approaching the Grimsel pass, the scenery is disappearing into fog
hmmm... we can't see the Grimsel See
hmmm... we can't see the Grimsel See
over the top and heading down, the curves come into view again
over the top and heading down, the curves come into view again
quite the zigzag heading toward Gletsch
quite the zigzag heading toward Gletsch
now heading southwest down the Rotten valley, the architecture is changing also
now heading southwest down the Rotten valley, the architecture is changing also
a hint of what's to come...
a hint of what's to come...
in Täsch, we pick up the train to Zermatt
in Täsch, we pick up the train to Zermatt
arriving in Zermatt, a familiar icon awaits
arriving in Zermatt, a familiar icon awaits
service and residential buildings unique to Valais...
service and residential buildings unique to Valais...
...and making up nearly all of the Hinterdorf
...and making up nearly all of the Hinterdorf
the stone disks are to keep out rats...
the stone disks are to keep out rats...
...but there are other ways
...but there are other ways
a wide variety of stone-shingled roof styles...
a wide variety of stone-shingled roof styles...
...of old and new vintage
...of old and new vintage
heading up to the Anglican Church...
heading up to the Anglican Church...
...surrounded by graves of climbers lost on surrounding peaks
...surrounded by graves of climbers lost on surrounding peaks
but there's fun to be had as well, for local kids
but there's fun to be had as well, for local kids
even the town library is in traditional style
even the town library is in traditional style
and birdhouses too!
and birdhouses too!
Tom and Marla greet a resident
Tom and Marla greet a resident
and later we discover what edelweiss is all about
and later we discover what edelweiss is all about
in the Matterhorn museum, for a history lesson about Zermatt and its dominant peak
in the Matterhorn museum, for a history lesson about Zermatt and its dominant peak
there are reconstructions of buildings and furnishings from the past...
there are reconstructions of buildings and furnishings from the past...
...and examples of the progression of equipment design over the years
...and examples of the progression of equipment design over the years
this is the rope that cost four lives in the first successful ascent of the Matterhorn (1865)
this is the rope that cost four lives in the first successful ascent of the Matterhorn (1865)
local soapstone has been shaped into useful objects for thousands of years
local soapstone has been shaped into useful objects for thousands of years
this should be a shrine: cheesemaking!
this should be a shrine: cheesemaking!
a well-known foreigner visits Zermatt for some park ideas
a well-known foreigner visits Zermatt for some park ideas
and the locals amuse themselves with their own twist on a game
and the locals amuse themselves with their own twist on a game
we leave the museum to visit the Catholic church's mountaineers cemetery
we leave the museum to visit the Catholic church's mountaineers cemetery
over 500 people have died on the Matterhorn...
over 500 people have died on the Matterhorn...
...and many more nearby...
...and many more nearby...
...something to think about as we head to our lodging for the night
...something to think about as we head to our lodging for the night
the next day, we head up the cable toward the 'glacier paradise'
the next day, we head up the cable toward the 'glacier paradise'
breaking through the morning clouds
breaking through the morning clouds
there's our destination
there's our destination
it's a high-alpine environment: wind-swept and austere
it's a high-alpine environment: wind-swept and austere
glaciers all around
glaciers all around
nearby Breithorn, a favorite hiking destination...
nearby Breithorn, a favorite hiking destination...
...for insane people
...for insane people
but it's really quite beautiful, so the insanity is not hard to understand
but it's really quite beautiful, so the insanity is not hard to understand
Tom on the ice at the top of the lift
Tom on the ice at the top of the lift
hikers preparing to head off
hikers preparing to head off
and others having fun near the lift station
and others having fun near the lift station
Jay hasn't been here since 1977 (and never this high here before)
Jay hasn't been here since 1977 (and never this high here before)
heading down now, toward the Schwarzee
heading down now, toward the Schwarzee
a short hike from the Schwarzee station, for views and to explore the flora
a short hike from the Schwarzee station, for views and to explore the flora
it's very hard not to keep taking pictures of this mountain!
it's very hard not to keep taking pictures of this mountain!
interesting adaptations to the altitude and climate
interesting adaptations to the altitude and climate
heading back down to Zermatt...
heading back down to Zermatt...
...to catch the cog train up to Gornergrat
...to catch the cog train up to Gornergrat
the rails are at times crazy steep...
the rails are at times crazy steep...
...but the views from the top are amazing
...but the views from the top are amazing
near the top, a whimsical set of cairns, or steinmänner, or ometti
near the top, a whimsical set of cairns, or steinmänner, or ometti
a last view out and down at the glaciers
a last view out and down at the glaciers
back in town, an alphorn concert seems a fitting end to our stay in Zermatt
back in town, an alphorn concert seems a fitting end to our stay in Zermatt
panorama: Breithorn
panorama: Breithorn
panorama: from Klein Matterhorn
panorama: from Klein Matterhorn
panorama: from Gornergrat
panorama: from Gornergrat
panorama: from Schwarzee
panorama: from Schwarzee