Like this place. I don't really remember where it was. Some days we really drove around. So just accept this photo for what it is, a pretty little chalet in Switzerland somewhere.
And this place? I am totally drawing a blank. But isn't it cool?
Now this place I remember! This is a view of the Jungfrau mountain from the village of Lauterbrunnen. The Jungfrau is one of the most recognizable mountains in the Alps. This section of the mountains happens to be in the Bernese Alps.
This is where it is at.
This is one of the great sites of Lauterbrunnen. Staubbach Falls.
You can hike up and stand behind the falls, and of course get all wet and misted with the water. But what a great view of the Jungfrau and the surrounding hills.
Here is view of the peaks across the valley from Staubbach Falls. You can just barely make out the drips of water in the photo from the waterfall. Time standing still...
Look at this place. Doesn't it look almost like a fairy tale building? Swiss chalets are my favorite.
This is the gorgeous valley of Lauterbrunnen. The Jungfrau was feeling a little shy this day and was hiding behind clouds.
Every now and then the clouds would lift a little and she would peek out at me. Jungfrau, Jungfrau, won't you come out and play?
Behind that great mountain is a large glacier and in the summer part of that glacier melts. This slate-colored water is filled with glacial runoff. And it was cold!
One last shot of the towering cliff face from the valley of Lauterbrunnen.
Now come more pictures that I really have no idea where they are except somewhere on a little highway between Lauterbrunnen and where we were staying in Lucerne. Love that turquoise water. It too is turned this color by sediments in the glacial runoff. When the light hits the water it is refracted by the sediment into this tropical color.
This picture here makes all the long drives, meals from gas stations, bathroom stops along highways, and sleeping in strange beds worth it. I love that I can show these four wonderful kids a small corner of the world. And I love that they love to see it as much as I do.