04 April 2013

More photos from Switzerland

I am so behind on postings, so the last two collections of pictures from Switzerland.

The first is from the tiny village of Gimmelwald and the slightly larger town of Murren, up in the mountains.  It is a beautiful alpline town, and a popular place for skiing.  I don't ski myself, but love the views.

Two nearby cultural items, neither of which I was able to see.  The first is Piz Gloria, a site from the James Bond movie, On Her Majesty's Secret Service.  Apparently it was the headquarters of the villain.  The money the film spent on the site allowed them to turn it into a revolving restaurant.

Also not far is the famous Reichenbach Falls, the place of the famous fictional struggle between Sherlock Holmes and his arch-nemesis, James Moriarty.

In the background of Murren are three of Switzerlands most recognizable mountains:  The Jungfrau, the Eiger, and between them the Mönch.  These mountains are, in English, the Virgin, the Ogre, and the Monk.  In the Swiss story, the Monk stands in between the Virgin and the Ogre, protecting her from him.

The other city is the city of Lucerne (or Luzern, in German).  It is a beautiful city on lake Lucerne.  It is famous for its covered bridge, with paintings showing details of the history of Switzerland.