You know how it is: no matter how high you can get, there will always be the time you have to come down. First, some traveling essentials:
Time to say goodbye to Murren and the very nice people at the Hotel Alpenblick. It’s time to make the trek — by foot, no less! — to Gimmelwald, beloved of Rick Steves and PBS viewers everywhere. It’s a hard life, I know, but we’re committed to bringing you the tough stories. The stories you need to know.
Well, at least it’s all downhill.
After an hour or so, here we are:
…where we discovered quite possibly the single most insane business in the world:
Yep, The Honesty Shop, ladies and gentlemen. Europe’s First Unattended Self-Service Village Shop. There’s just a bunch of stuff in there — souvenirs, food, tools, whatever — and a cash box to put money should you fancy anything. No attendant. No staff. There is nothing stopping you from robbing the place up one side and down the other. Nothing but your conscience, you heartless bastard.
The Honesty Shop was the only place open in town, so we left it in peace and headed down to the Lauterbrunnen Valley:
We were headed for Trümmelbachfälle, a series of ten waterfalls spiraling down a ravine inside a mountain. It is impressive as all hell, but notoriously difficult to photograph. We took a lot of photos and most of them are just crap.
It’s also our old friend Swiss Engineering at work–the system of stairs and catwalks built into the mountain making the falls accessible to humans dates from 1913. These people are unstoppable, I tell you.
Several beers and trains later, we arrived in Interlaken, for a leisurely cruise around Thunersee, arguably the prettier of the two lakes Interlaken is, well, inter.
More later. Tchuss!