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Switzerland Fairy Tales are True July 30, 2012

In May, Dave and I had the amazing opportunity to photograph a sweet intimate destination wedding in Tuscany. Since we’d already adventured around Italy a few years ago, he convinced me that we should travel through Switzerland instead after the wedding. Italy is my first love and I will confess I am a bit bummed we didn’t spend more time there but Switzerland definitely packed a punch!

Lugano was our very first stop on our Swiss tour. We pulled into town on the train from Milan and made our way up the hill to the Hotel Montarina which we had booked per Sarah’s recommendation. Because it was a vacation season in Switzerland, they were full but they gave us a room at the neighboring Continental Park Hotel. We didn’t mind, the rooms were clean, modern and there was even a pool there. We, of course, did not spend much time in the room as we were anxious to see the sights. To me, out of all of our travels through Switzerland, Lugano felt the most like home. Lots of water, boats, and expensive things, much like Palm Beach. During our time there we rode the funicolare (cable car) up to Monte San Salvatore, took a river cruise to Gandria, and mainly just strolled around the lake eating gelato. If you are planning a Swiss honeymoon or vacation I would say you should spend at least one full day enjoying this lakeside village. I shot these on my Contax 645 with Portra 160 & Fuji 400H. Fine Art Prints Available.

After two nights in Lugano, Dave and I set out early for Interlachen at the base of the Swiss Alps. It was a long day of travel as we had to first travel to Lucerne to hop a train to Interlachen, another train to Lauterbrunnen and a finally cable car to Murren. We were completely exhausted but I could not close my eyes for a single moment because the landscapes from the train were nothing short of awe inspiring. I truly felt as if God was showing me all of his cards. There are not words. I am not one to fall for mountain scenes (my first and forever love is the ocean) but something happens inside of you when you face grandeur of this scale. You are humbled and yet convinced you are deeply loved. We ate fondue, made some new friends and stayed at the Hotel Edelweiss in Murren. Some of these images were taken right on our balcony.

After we rode the cable car and train down from Murren we decided to spend the day in Interlachen. It was a gorgeous day and we had a ton of activities to choose from but it will surprise no one that we chose to do a Lake Cruise. Since it was free with our Swiss Pass it was no a difficult decision. However, I think everyone else in Interlachen had the same idea and the boat ended up being very crowded. We eventually found ourselves actually sitting inside eating chocolate cake, haribo gummy bears (my fave) and drinking coffee. I did manage to squeeze outside to snap a few photos and here they are.

Lucerne and Zurich were the last two legs of our Swiss Adventure. We spent all of our time in both cities just wandering the cobblestone streets and trying to just relax as much as possible. In Lucerne, we stayed above a pub, visited an English speaking church on Sunday morning, had fondue with our new friends who were also touring Switzerland. Finally we made it to Zurich where we stayed in the strangest hotel I have ever seen. By this time, we were pretty wiped out and tired of the Swiss dining culture, so we went to the grocery store for some picnic goodies and enjoyed them on our balcony. I’d have to say my favorite part about both cities was their river. It was as crystal clear and blue as any ocean water I have ever seen and the swans certainly put on a show.