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Winter 2006

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Our second Winter holiday in the Bernese Oberland. With Catherine now at school we only had February half term to take a break, which wasn't a problem as we had been a little disappointed by the level of snow when we went in January last year, so a few weeks later we thought would guarantee more, maybe even some down in the lower regions (maybe even Wilderswil) Well it wasn't to be! Oh well.
 
We have provided links (in underlined black type) to relevant websites. Enjoy... we did!
 
By the way all the photos are clickable for a much larger image to aid your enjoyment. Gosh how exciting can I make this website?!!

The snowplough was ready.....
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... but wasn't needed during our stay.

Wednesday 15th February 2006
 
The  Easyjet Stansted to Basel service got the gig again although we had thought about the new Darwin Airlines service from London City to Bern Belp, but you can't beat 4.99 for a flight can you! A half fare railcard at Basel and we were soon pulling into Wilderswil station, a five minute walk from our appartment.

A Mystery park Special
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Thursday 16th February 2006
 
A half day in the Mystery Park with a Husky ride for Mum and Catherine!
Went to see the Magical Oberland film which has additional underseat projection. You really feel like you're on a magic carpet.
Completed the day in Interlaken swimming.
Mum goes 2nd class

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A moody Eiger
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Beo Magic!
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Hair raising bus trip! Yes that is the route!
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Bussalp
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The black wobbly disc thing...
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... in front of Grindelwald Sports Centre.

Friday 17th February 2006
 
Train to Grindy, and an amazing postbus ride to Bussalp. Sledged down to Grindelwald via Terrassenweg.
Went swimming at the sports centre.

Great views from Bussalp

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Two go crazy!

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The team!!
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Another team...
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...in my dreams!!

Time to burn!! Bern.. get it?!
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What was it Julie Andrews sang? Oh yes...
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... feed the bears, tuppence a bag! Well 2 CHF actually!

Snapped from the train home...
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.. that dreamy 'milkiness' of the winter mountains.

Saturday 18th February 2006
 
Saturday morning is Infotourist morning at Radio Beo. A little retail therapy in Interlaken, and then off to Bern to see the bear pits which after 500 years will no longer home the bears (read about their exciting new home), continuing to the  cathedral and the Bern 3d show.
Walk walk walk and the shortest tram ride ever!

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Our dear friends Mike and Rosemarie

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Just throw the food into my mouth

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Bern Cathedral undergoing major renovation

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Waiting for the bus to Saxeten.....
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... it's the wrong bus stop though!!

Wengen Church
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An igloo on the Mannlichen.
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Of course Catherine wanted to climb on top.

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Our first feelings of the GuggiFohn Wind

Lauterbrunnen
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Look the Staubbach waterfall is frozen!

Sunday 19th February 2006
 
What a muck up! Saxeten was having a festival but we waited at the wrong bus stop! So took the train to Wengen, hired sleds, took the cable car to Mannlichen, and found the walk  to Kleine Scheidegg closed. The very stormy Guggi Fohn wind stopped us sledging to Holenstein, and closed the train service Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg, so back down the route we'd came and back to Interlaken.
 

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Just off Wengen main street

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Above One of the Bullies of the Pistes
Below the Lauterbrunnental

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Below a sad farewell to the BLM funicular, the oldest of the mountain transportaions, which ceases operation at the end of the 2006 winter season to be replaced by an aerial cableway from Lauterbrunnen to Grutschalp.

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Wilderswil at 6am
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The fountain outside the sports centre at Grindy
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The colour was very important!
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Monday 20th February 2006
 
Up at 6 and the train to Grindy. Snowing on arrival. Hired ski kit for CH. Endured an absolutely heaving packed bus to Bodmi (complete with grumpy bus driver), but Catherine got her long awaited first ski lesson. Swimming then train to Interlaken.

What were these doing on SPB tracks at Wilderwil?

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Two views of Grindelwald high street

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Bodmi Ski School Grindelwald

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She made it...on skis at last!

Walking to Interlaken
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The historic sluice bridges in Thun
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Schadau Castle in Thun
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Some damage to the river from the floods of 2005
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Too much walking today!
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Tuesday 21st February 2006
 
The walking day! Walked to Interlaken Ost across the airfield, saw piles of debris from Brienzersee. Train to Thun. Walked city walk. Train back to Interlaken West, walked back to Wilderswil through Rugen woods. Went to see Mike and Rosemarie at the studio, and Catherine fell asleep! Ahhhh!

Please don't throw that at me Catherine!

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The view out over the Thunnersee from Schadau

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At Wilderswil, the point where the Saxebach joins the lutschine from Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen..... peaceful once more!
 
Below, sitting on the end of Interlaken runway, are huge piles of wood and debris, all of which was  pulled out of the Lake Brienz following the floods...the plans were to use it in the community heating system at Wilderswil, but it turns out it can't be burnt because alot of the debris is treated.

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The Coop Clown waves goodbye to the Oberland
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Wednesday 22nd February 2006
 
A slow amble back to the UK!

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