Hoping you have read the Part 1 of the blog. In case you missed it, you can read it here.
We proceeded to Engelberg for Mt. Titlis! This was also my first experience with snow, so I was too damn excited.
To reach Mt. Titlis, you have to take the Titlis Rotair – World’s 1st Revolving cable car ride! It was getting freezing cold and it was foggy.
On reaching Mt. Titlis, we first had ice cream from Movenpick!
At Mt. Titlis, walking was so difficult. Everyone was slipping and falling. It was funny. Snowy regions make you feel like you’re walking in ice cream. But, surprisingly, it didn’t feel that cold.
My brother took mom and I to the Ice Flyer ride which was damn good. I also remember mom asking me, “What if we fall down?” We die, mom. We die.
Post our time at Mt. Titlis, I grabbed a cup of hot noodles and then did the Ice caves. It was colder here than at Mt. Titlis.
When we got down, we had some hot tea. Then, went to see the Lion Monume, did some chocolate shopping and walked through the city. Lion Monume was apparently built for the loyal Swiss soldiers who lost their lives.
We did our dinner in the Lake Lucerne cruise and enjoyed Swiss folklore music. We also got the chance to play some instruments with the local people. They were really sweet.
This time was superb! We ate our dinner and then spent some time enjoying music. And, the view…
Day 09: We started our day by visiting Trummelbach Glacial Waterfalls. There was too much walking involved and it was TOO cold. I was walking alone. After a point of time, it got so cold that I actually wanted to get out of there.
Travel tip: It gets really cold near the waterfalls, so don’t forget to carry a jacket along.
After this, we had our train to Jungfrau – top of Europe! It was a cogwheel train from Lauterbrunnen to Europe’s highest railway station Jungfraujoch via Kleine Scheidegg station. It is located 3,454 metres above sea level.
The entire train experience was fun. It went through the mountains and then stopped for five minutes at few stations. So, we used to quickly get down to get some pictures and then rush back into the train.
After reaching Jungfraujoch, we were given a brief about the entire place. We had our time to explore it. My brother and I quickly went to the Sphin x Terrace through a lift. Mom decided to wait for us in the main hall. We also bought some Lindt chocolates.
It was colder than it was at Mt. Titlis. After that, we walked through the Ice Palace and had some tea.
They also gave us this little passport as a souvenir which is awesome! While we were heading back, they gave each one of us a small Lindt chocolate. Such things really make these experiences memorable. Even the man who came to check our tickets was friendly and thanked us.
We then spent some time in Interlaken. There is a statue of late Mr. Yash Chopra here!
Day 10: Before getting out of Switzerland, we went to Zurich lake too. Spent some time there, it was pleasant. I wish we could spend more time here. Nevermind.
Our next destination was Liechtenstein.
We had a drive through the city of Vaduz in a tram. Vaduz is the capital of the principality of Liechtenstein. The city is too small, the people are damn friendly. The audio in the tram was played in Hindi. After our tour got over, we thanked the crew with an applause. After exploring the city, we went to Swarovski Crystal World and Museum of Wattens, Austria.
Quickly went through the museum (as I mentioned earlier, I am not a fan of museums) and spent some euros on jewellery too. They have a brilliant collection and you will want to buy something or the other.
In the evening, we went to Innsbruck, walked through Inns River, checked some cafes and saw the popular ‘Golden Roof’ and Maria Theresien Strasse. I didn’t like the Inns River so much. However, Innsbruck is pretty!
The day was pretty chilled and then we were back in the hotel. This hotel had old architecture so my mom had a tough time sleeping. But, in the morning it felt lovely.
Day 11: Today, we were going to Venice. We did the Vaporetto water bus ride to reach the Island. It took us about 20 minutes.
We also did the Gondola ride through the canals of Venice. Boy, I swear I was scared. It was also raining. The boat moved too much and was not even wide.
We even saw a demonstration in the Glass blowing factory, which was superb. Did a walk through the Bridge of Sighs, Doge’s Palace, Bell Tower, St. Mark’s Square, Basilica.
In the evening, we had some ice cream and went to Padova, Italy.
Venice Island was super crowded, and I honestly didn’t like it so much. Venice means a lot of pigeons too.
Day 12: The day started with us visiting the Ferrari Museum in Modena. We hardly spent an hour there.
Then, we proceeded to Florence. Florence is beautiful!
This is the Italy I imagined.
Here’s where we saw the Piazzale Michelangelo Point and Statue of David too.
We had our lunch in Florence. Here’s where we had the local pizza and pasta. Yum yum! In the evening, we proceeded to Pisa where of course we saw the Leaning Tower. It is called the Square of Miracles – Baptistery, Cathedral and Leaning tower of Pisa.
It was damn crowded here too, and people were busy doing the clichéd touristy things. After spending some time at the square, we walked through the market and had some coffee. There is a lot of shopping that you can do in Pisa. You get really good leather bags, hats, sunglasses and other souvenirs. Looking at the pictures, you can make a guess about the weather. By the time, we left Pisa – it was raining heavily. End of the day, we moved to Arezzo for our night stay.
Day 13: We were going to Vatican!
This was kind of the last day of our tour so we were all pretty much tired. Some of us were happy that we were going back home, while some of us (including me) didn’t want the trip to end.
In the morning, we did the Colosseum, where we met our local guide. The guide was so good! He explained everything so well.
It was raining this time too. It was almost like the rain was following us!
In the evening, we visited Vatican city and saw the Vatican Museum, Michelangelo’s Frescoes, the Last Judgement, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and Michelangelo’s famous Pieta. We were stunned by his work.
Later, we went to see the Tiber river, Roman Forum and Trevi Fountain, Circus Maximus, Piazza Venezia.
Bought some ice cream near the Trevi Fountain and did some local shopping too.
Then, back to hotel…
Rome is built so beautifully. The architecture is so artistic! Your eyes refuse to blink. Unfortunately, we were in Rome just for a day. But, I am sure I want to go here once again.
Here’s a small quote I really like – “Rome has not seen a modern building in more than half a century. It is a city frozen in time.” – Richard Meier
Day 14: En route India! 😦
So, that was it! Europe was a lot of things and this trip is definitely going to be a special one forever. I already miss it in spite of being there for just half a month. Until next time!
The thing about travel is the fact that you’re never completely same after it’s over. The more cities you see, the more places you go to, they become a part of you. You’re a summation of the places you see.
“But that’s the glory of foreign travel, as far as I am concerned. I don’t want to know what people are talking about. I can’t think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything. Suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most rudimentary sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross a street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.” – Bill Bryson, Neither Here nor There: Travels in Europe
Hope you all enjoyed the blog. If you think, there is something I could add, please comment. Been to Europe? Feel free to share your experience or travel tips!