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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Top of Europe

As we were making our way to the Alps on the sunniest of days, our friends advised us to jump on the first train out of Wengen if we wanted to get up to the Jungfrujoch, considered to be the top of Europe!  Sunny days are not guaranteed in the Alps and there is no reason to head up to the top if it is not clear.  This was one of my dream trips so we decided to go for it!  I am so glad we did as the weather was spectacular and it was amazing to ride this nearly 100 year old rail.  The genius of the engineering feat is staggering and the views were amazing!  The north face of the Eiger is steeper than you can really imagine and it takes your breath away to consider how the climbers actually scale that sheer face. It was pretty chilly on top but well worth the trip.  The train tunnels through the mighty Eiger mountain and drops you off in the shadow of the Mönch and the Jungfru.  It was wonderful to be up there on such a clear, beautiful sunny day.
One of the exhibits on top was an ice palace you literally walked through the glacier!  Ice sculptures and slippery pathways made for a whimsical tour.  
I feel I missed getting a truly good shot of the two of us on top, but at least we have some proof of our being there!  I do think my big grin in front of the mighty Mönch is representative of how much joy I felt throughout this entire day! 

 As we descended the mountain in the evening, the light was simply remarkable.  We could not get over how breathtaking every glance was.  I could not stop taking pictures and gushing about how absolutely beautiful it was!  What fun to climb to the top of Europe via a 100 year old railroad on a gorgeous sunny day in the Swiss Alps!