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Austria & Switzerland


August 2000


This trip was a great one!  Mountains and more Mountains. 

Neat fellow travelers and good weather.  Our group was

fortunate to be with one of the best tour guides in the business,

David Gordon of Engelberg, Switzerland.  He took terrific care

of our group and was very knowledgeable of the background

of the two countries we toured.


Our tour left Zurich with our first stop in Vaduz, Lichtenstein. 

Here I am in the main square of this small quaint village.

A beautiful mountain home outside Schlos Vaduz.

Mozart statute in the main square of Salzburg.

Mozart's birth house in downtown Salzburg.

John shares a moment with Mozart in the square in Salzburg!

Hitler's mountain retreat, Eagle's nest.  The site of the filming of the

Sound of Music was on the way to our next stop.

Standing by the cross located up on the mountain above the Eagle's Nest. 

It was on the cross mountain trail used by hikers.

The Austrian State Opera House in Vienna. 

A very impressive building.


Another Mozart statute in one of the city parks in Vienna.

A fountain in a city park near the government buildings in Vienna.

A huge Ferris wheel in a city park near the Danube River.  It is called

Das Wiener Riesenrad.  A fun ride with a great view of the city of Vienna.

Lienz, Austria on our way to a quick run through Northern Italy.

Looking toward the Dolomites in Northern Italy.

The Dolomites as seen from Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy. 

A beautiful mountain town.

I love Cortina D'Ampezzo and did not want to leave.

On to Zermatt and the Matterhorn via a stop in San Moritz

where my bed fell apart.  That made for a short night.


This picture is of the "Matterhorn" of Switzerland.  We were on the

top of the Klein Matterhorn on Labor day, September 4, 2000. 

It was cool and sunny but glorious!  There were hundreds of people

mountain climbing and skiing on the nearby slopes and mountains. 

You could see Mont Blanc in the distance over in France.

My new gal Josephine.  She rode up with us on the cable car. 

Then we had pictures taken with her.  She was a real ham. 

It was instant love for me.


A great day to see the Alps.  We rode on two

different cable cars to get to the top.

The next morning at 8:00 am, a chance for

one last look at the Matterhorn.

On to Geneva.  This is the headquarters of the United

Nations.  Our tour is winding down.

Standing on a bridge over looking Bern, Switzerland.

Luzerne, Switzerland.  The famous Lion Monument.  It is dedicated

to Swiss soldiers who lost their lives in various wars.


From Luzerne we went to stay in Engelberg.  It is a small

village in the mountains about 45 minutes from Luzerne.  We day

tripped to Luzerne for a couple of days before heading

to the airport in Zurich for our trip home.


A wonderful travel experience.  I would recommend it to everyone.