My Grand Tour of Europe: Switzerland

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THE ROUTE SO FAR

(1) London • (2) France • (3) Switzerland

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Base map: Designed by Freepik

 

 

KEY SITES: Days 12-15

 

1_Zermatt

 

 

Zermatt

 

This charming Swiss town can only be reached by train, since cars are not allowed. Despite the dreary weather, I enjoyed strolling the streets to see all the old buildings! Zermatt and the surrounding valley reminded me of some of the settings in Richard Morgan’s The Steel Remains, hence why it is displayed here.

 

 

 

 

 

2_Matterhorn

 

 

The Matterhorn

 

The famous pyramidal peak of the Matterhorn overlooks Zermatt, although persistent cloud cover means the mountain is rarely visible in its entirety. We almost saw the whole mountain, as indicated by the arrow. I chose to display The Final Empire, the first of Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn books, due to the presence of mist and cloud within this image!

 

 

 

 

 

3_Grindelwald

 

 

 

Grindelwald

 

The cloudy weather continued when we moved up to Grindelwald, a village in central Switzerland surrounded by mountains. Fortunately, it cleared long enough for me to take this image. The picturesque valley made me think of the location of Mercury’s cottage in Half Bad by Sally Green, which is why this book cover is displayed here.

 

 

 

 

 

4_Bachalpsee

 

 

Bachalpsee Lake

 

On our second day in Grindelwald, took a cable car into the mountains and hiked up to Bachalpsee Lake. The air was chilly and mist came and went, but the scenery was typically, beautifully Swiss. Displayed here is Robert Jordan’s The Eye of the World because the grazing spaces and shepherds’ huts made me think of Rand al’Thor 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

5_Hireleni

 

 

Eiger Panorama Trail

 

From Bachalpsee, we continued to hike along the Eiger Panorama Trail. There were few mishaps with having to traverse remnant patches of snow and ice, but the views were incredible. This picture was taken from the vicinity of Hireleni and displays Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas because I could easily see these mountains belonging in Terrasen.

 

 

 

 

 

6_Grimsel Pass

 

 

Grimsel Pass

 

On our last day in Switzerland, we took the Grimsel Pass on our way down to Italy. The weather was perfect for the occasion, but the road, quite frankly, is rather ridiculous. Look how winding it is! I’m thankful I don’t get carsick! Of course, given the nature of this picture, I had no choice but to display The Long and Winding Road by T.J. Klune due to its fitting title.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GALLERY

 

 

 

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Are you travelling at the moment? Have you been to Switzerland? What are your favourite books with Swiss settings?

 

 

RA_logo _backdrop-01_miniRebecca Alasdair

 

  One thought on “My Grand Tour of Europe: Switzerland

  1. Ari
    10/07/2018 at 4:37 AM

    Wow Switzerland looks gorgeous. When I eventually get to a point where I may be able to travel I would love to visit there. Those photos have made it even more appealing!

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    • 10/07/2018 at 5:30 PM

      I’m glad you like them! The scenery in Switzerland is just stunning, especially since we’re here in summer and the skies are mostly clear. It might be a different story in winter… 😄

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  2. 10/07/2018 at 8:30 AM

    These pictures are absolutely stunning! Both the landscapes and the books! Like I want to travel around the world and take awesome pics of books too lol. You’re very lucky. 🙂

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    • 10/07/2018 at 5:32 PM

      Yes I am very lucky 😊 Books and travel is the best combination. Hope you get too see the world one day too!!

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  3. 13/07/2018 at 11:43 PM

    I will be in Switzerland next year. June, I believe. Your pictures make me wish I was there now.

    Excellent! Thank you.

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    • 14/07/2018 at 4:51 AM

      June/July is a great time to be there!! Beautiful temperature and (mostly) clear skies – perfect for hiking and taking photos. Enjoy your trip 😊

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