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Phil's Mondo India Slide Show
Switzerland, The Bernese Oberland Region

India is exactly on the other side of the world from my home in California, and I received excellent advice to breakup the 24 hours of plane travel (one must not be too exhausted to deal with the shock of arrival in India at the Delhi airport after midnight). Thus, my wife and I spent a week in Switzerland before I went on alone to India. We spent time in Lucerne, but most of the week in Interlaaken, a place so beautiful we couldn't leave...

This is a typical Swiss home in the town of Murren, a stunningly beautiful village 5400 feet above the Lauterbrunnen Valley in the "JungFrau" region of the Bernese Oberland in southwestern Switzerland. The snowy Mannlichen peak stands majestically behind this quaint but expensive cottage. Murren sits on a the side of a mountain so steep that you must take a cog railway from the valley to get to it, and the railroad cars are pitched at a 45 degree angle. Quite a ride though, and quite a view.

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Not mentioned in any travel guide that we read was the wonderful discovery of the town of Beatenberg. This beautiful little town offered breathtaking views of the Jungfrau mountain peaks. To top it off, we arrived near the peak of foliage season, which only heightened the specter. The three snow capped mountains in the background are the Eiger, the Jungfrau and the Monch (you may have heard of the Eiger from the Clint Eastwood movie, 'The Eiger Sanction', where the near cliff face of the Eiger is scaled). The Jungfrau peak, at over 12000 feet, is a major ski resort in the winter time, and is the terminus for highest railroad station in Europe.

This is another shot of the same Jungfrau peaks from the side yard of a farm in 'suburban' Beatenberg. The dazzling red wall made for a nice contrast against the snowy peaks.

Now, onto India!


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