Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Zermatt, Switzerland

We drove nearly two hours from our apartment to the tiny town of Zermatt, Switzerland in hopes of seeing the infamous Matterhorn peak this week, but unfortunately it was too cloudy and we could only see a faint outline of the peak. But the trip was still worth it because there were beautiful views along the way and Zermatt itself was a charming little town so I was able to get some great shots!

From the moment you step off the Swiss-red train and see the cobbled streets and horse-drawn sleighs, you know you are in a special place. What was most striking to me was the quietness. There are no cars in Zermatt. All journeys from there are by foot,  horse-drawn carriage or ski. This immediately creates a welcoming atmosphere. The air is fresh and alpine there are no car or bus fumes. You enjoy nature the way it was intended. You felt as though you were going back in time while walking through the cobblestone streets of this quaint and quiet little village. Very memorable experience. One that I recommend if you ever get the chance! We'll definitely be making another trip out there when we have a better chance of seeing the Matterhorn and to do some skiing! :)

Here are a few photos from our trip.

The tiny town of Zermatt nestled at the foot of the mountains

beautiful creek near Zermatt

cars are prohibited in the town of Zermatt
you either must walk or take one of these horse drawn carriages

Zermatt town center Christmas tree

skiers heading to hit the slopes in Zermatt
in the background you can barely see a part of the Matterhorn

one of the many charming shops in Zermatt

this is what I call a "drive-by photo"
this image was taken from the car window on our way to Zermatt

 I'll never stop being in awe of mountains
they seem to magnify God's glory

One thing is for sure...Switzerland is naturally beautiful. We're definitely enjoying this gorgeous country!

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