Our day in the Lauterbrunnen Valley had been hot and humid, and left us feeling rather tired. So we changed our plans a little: we’d been planning to take a little train right to the very top of a mountain, to visit an alpine botanic garden. We thought the sun up there would be a bit too much for us, and so instead we spent the entire day on a boat, zig-zagging across Lake Thun.
The boats on Lake Thun and Lake Brienz are mostly used by tourists. They stop at all sorts of pretty places, and it was relaxing to be able to sit back and watch as we moved around the lake. You see waterfalls, mountains, chalets, sailing boats, swimmers, swans and plenty of castles. They serve food on the boats too – so you don’t even have to get off at mealtimes.
The day after this, we headed to Lake Brienz, where we spent the morning on an old-fashioned paddle steamer as it made its way around the lake.
We had to head straight to the airport after this, and so we took the opportunity to stock up on some Swiss chocolate at last (we’d not been able to buy any until then because it was 32 degrees and so anything we’d bought would melt very quickly). The chocolate to buy in Switzerland is by Cailler – they don’t export this to the UK, and it’s a real treat, made with condensed milk.
As we headed for Geneva airport by train, I shrieked when I saw CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider. I surprised myself at how excited I was to see it – apparently I even even more of a geek than previously realised (by me, at any rate).