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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

It's Thursday and time to link for the last letter of the alphabet with Jenny and all you letter lov'n guys and gals out there.

Make sure you check out all the other Z posts and return next week for Alphabe-soup and then summer school colors of the rainbow at the same blogspot. http://jennymatlock.blogspot.com/

There was no question in my mind what I would post for the letter Z



is 
for
Zermatt    


We left our  hearts in Switzerland
(I know the real saying is Heidelberg which we do love because 
that's where we lived but it's Z not H)






Herzlich willkommen! 

Heartfelt welcome!


geographical coordinates: 46° 1' 0" North, 7° 45' 0" East
geographical location: Valais, Genferseeregion, Switzerland,





Quite streets of cobblestone.
Roofs of slivered Slate.
View of the Matterhorn
Our favorite spot in the world
Zermatt,  Switzerland

Sitting at the foot of the Matterhorn 4477m towering high above the village this  little town is one of the most beautiful places we have ever visited.
All pictures are ones I scanned in from our photo album except the train and car which are from google images.

Take the Gornergratbahn (cog train) from Tasch





No cars 
they have little electric cars for deliveries 




Therefore no smog




Clean air 
(so clean my brother-in-law walked into a glass window when in town-no he wasn't hurt well, just his pride) )


We stayed in the Hotel Mischabel this was in 1983 and is still advertised on line. Wouldn't it be wonderful to go back, and stay in the same hotel! Hey Ann and Gary are you packed yet?

We had a beautiful view of the majestic Matterhorn room our room window.











We hiked which by the way is the ONLY way you can get there.up to a smaller hamlet called ZMutt We took the picture of our daughter and son on the rail by the trail at the restaurant (sorry about the quality of the picture on the left.  The frame it was in got wet and I can't find the original.)

 We stopped in at the
Restaurant J├Ągerstube


We spent a couple of days in Zermatt on our 21 day journey through Italy, Switzerland, Southern Germany and France.
At one restaurant in Zermatt  I remember having  Cheese Fondue, Raclettes; a cheese dish with potatoes and sweet pickles. Our meat was cooked on a small griddle at our table.  I still have the one I bought and bring it out once in awhile for special parties.
I'm sure our waitress would remember us...she caught her sleeve on fire!

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This is a picture of my sister and I  (Tinandsparkle) Ann is the one in the striped shirt.  This was taken on the same trip but at the Heidelberg Castle. Just thought I would throw it in for fun. OH how young we were! Now our Grandchildren are the age our children were when we had this fabulous vacation. Thank you US Army for taking us there!

These are two very different paintings I have done.  Both are Zermatt.  The one the rock (aprox. 10" high)  is actually painted on a piece of slate we picked up on a walk  in Zermatt.


33 comments:

Red Couch Recipes said...

Zermatt looks wonderful and so does your trip. The view of the Matterhorn is smashing and the food at the restaurant is right up my alley! Joni

Short and Sweet said...

Beautiful photos! I thought that Heidi would appear at any moment! What wonderful treasured memories!

Terra said...

and for I who has never left the USA (except for one trip to Niagra Falls ont he Canada side) this was a beautiful post

JDaniel4's Mom said...

It looks like your pictures stepped right out of children's book. What a great place to visit!

CailinMarie said...

oh oh oh!!! such wonderful stories! I love your photos.
Thanks for stopping by my blue monday earlier this week and for your kind comment.
CailinMarie

Viki said...

Wow, just gorgeous pictures. Thanks for sharing them. That's the closest I'm ever going to come to Switzerland ;-) Great Z post.

mbkatc230 said...

Thanks for the gorgeous tour! What amazing scenery, and your photos are beautiful. What wonderful memories. Kat

signed...bkm said...

Thank you for sharing those beautiful memories..and you paintings are lovely...they attest to your confession of leaving your heart there....blessings..bkm

Amanda said...

Your description definitely makes me want to visit this hamlet -- thanks for sharing!

Mary said...

What a beautiful place~ it does sound memorable, especially with the waitress's sleeve catching fire! Beautiful painting :-)

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Wow! What a beautiful place! Thank you for taking us there. Your paintings are beautiful!
Have a lovely day.

Blessings,
Sandi

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

What a beautiful place! One can dream of a visit and your photos assist wonderfully!

Nora Johnson said...

Was lucky enough to visit Zermatt a few years ago - loved the clean mountain air (and raclette!) Great ‘Z’ post – such great memories for me too!

It’s been great meeting over the past 26 weeks!

Have a great weekend, LOLA:)

PS Mine this week is HERE. Hope you can join me!

Joyce said...

Thanks for sharing such a beautiful area of the world with me. I had to laugh when you said your BIL walked into a window. Not likely to happen around here any time soon:-)
Joyce

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the trip through Zermatt. A fitting end to A-Z Thursday.

laterg8r said...

wow, such a gorgeous place :D

Tina said...

That sounds like a perfect vacation spot! Thanks for sharing your photos. That rock painting is amazing.

Theresa said...

Admire your passion for Zermatt. Wonderful photos and memories you shared! Happy Z day to you!

Christy said...

brings back great memories...i was there once..many moons ago...1986 to be exact...so not long after your trip! it is a wonderful place...it should really go on the list of places to see again.

Ann said...

Oh my Debbie, this makes my heart patter!!! I want to go back. WE WERE SO YOUNG!. I have wonderful memories of these spots. I'll never forget the sleeve on fire!!!!!
Hugs Ann

easternsparkle said...

What a glorious oppertunity to show off such lovely photos - I kep thinking I should scan some old ones, but the time never seems to there for me to do it - great post!

Jenny said...

What a beautiful and exciting stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's letter "Z"!

These pictures are breath-taking. And your art work is really excellent, too.

Girl, you can paint!

I can see why these are forever memories for you all.

Thank you for sharing them with us!

A+

Brenda said...

How pretty! Your photos are wonderful and your paintings even more so.

Pondside said...

What a lovely post. I love Zermatt too - and I remember my experience with Raclette there. I went right out and bought a raclette machine. Whenever we get it out I think of wonderful times in Switzerland.

jeff campbell said...

Such a wonderful post and a most beautiful place...Peace and blessings

Sweetums5 said...

Thanks for the lovely tour of Zermatt! Loved your pictures. I, too, love Cheese Fondue and Raclette! I hope my family and I can visit Zermatt one day. Great Z choice!

Icy BC said...

Wonderful post, and beautiful place to be..Your painting is fantastic!

The Muse said...

It did not cost me a penny, and you have just given me a ticket for the most lovely vacation!

Breathtaking is an understatement!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Beautiful post of past sight-seeing memories! That is so neat that you have been able to go to so many places...I am thankful for all the travels growing up with my dad in the Air Force and then marrying military!
Danke (for sharing your lovely photos).

Blessings & Aloha!
I hope you pick up a Beautiful Blogger award & a Bloggger Buddy award (aka blog hugs)...but If you don't...just know that I do thank you for stopping by & all your past comments :o)

Sarah said...

Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing Zermatt! ~ Sarah

AshTreeCottage said...

Ah the Alps ... absolutely beautiful!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

LV said...

This is one place I have always wanted to visit. I have been to several different countries, but not here. It is a little too late for me go now, but I enjoyed the tour through your lens.

Coloradolady said...

Beautiful place...would love to visit here one day.....