Ah, Switzerland -- little nation of big banking, strict neutrality, sweet alpine lakes and, above all, mighty mountains. It was the sixth of 22 countries we visited on our round-the-world journey from mid-June 2014 through mid-May 2015. What I loved about Switzerland was its endless mountain scenery. The Jungfrau, Eiger and Monch lived up to and exceeded expectations. The Matterhorn was an inspiring spire, rising majestically against a cobalt blue sky. Other mountains, like Tschingelhorn, were mysteriously obscured by clouds. The Lauterbrunnen Valley is a hiker's paradise, hemmed in by sheer, towering granite walls festooned with cascading waterfalls. The villages we visited, like Grindelwald and Wengen, were located in stunning alpine landscapes. The cheeses were delicious. The trains crazy punctual. It was chilling to be inside the dungeon of Chillon Castle on Lake Geneva's shores, where Lord Byron was inspired to write the poem, "The Prisoner of Chillon." Lausanne was a real pleasure to visit, especially the picturesque waterfront and the awesome Olympic Museum. The only thing that I didn't like about the Swiss was their cheapskate practice of charging you for a tiny packet of ketchup, regardless of how much you spend on a meal. Okay, so it's a small blot on an otherwise impeccable record. Please take you time and enjoy the images at your leisure.
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