Day24 Sat 12th May
Very flash breakfast in the hotel in St Moritz then driven to the train station to board our next 1st class train. St Moritz was a fleeting visit really getting there late and leaving early the next day but the journey to it was so beautiful and it is a lovely picturesque place it was definitely worht travelling all that way. It was completely surrounded by snow covered mountains and the lake which St Moritz sits beside is stunning. Still plenty of snow all around there although not in the little town itself though.
We headed to Chur first as it looked very interesting in the Lonely Planet Guide. It was actually the cheapest place we found in Switzerland which is apparently, the most expensive european country, even more so than Sweden so we were told. Chur had plenty of quaint little shopes in little narrow streets, old buildings and being Saturday, many families in town enjoying time together. Chur had a really lovely feel to it. All these little Swiss towns have this and they are all so different but that was also the case in Italy too of course. We enjoyed a fairly reasonably priced lunch before getting back on the train ( a double decker train this time) to Zurich. We rode upstairs in the first class carriage and it is amazing how much more you see of course. When we arrived back at Zurich station, the weather was similar to our first day there. Cold and wet only 13 degrees. We transferred trains and headed straight to the airport where our hotel was actually inside the airport making easy exit the next morning for Paris. Also a very lovely hotel where the huge window overlooked the runway. Double glazing made for a very quiet room with a great view of just how many planes wait in queues before taxiing off one after the other to all parts of the world from Zurich. For the first time since leaving NZ, we had tea and coffee in our room so that was sheer bliss. We had really missed that little treat that is the norm in NZ accommodation and Australia as well. We dropped our bags and got on the train again and headed in for our last look at Zurich this time without our wonderful guide, Barbara. Although is was cold and wet, we had a second trip by boat up the river that flows through Zurich and out onto the lake there also. We had dinner in a nice little "pub" lie place but probably, we decided, a less salubrious little street where many young loud drunks scantily clad, tottered up the street. Off we went back on the train to the airport Raddison Blue Hotel and to study our Trafalgar Tour of France which we were to start tomorrow. All of this still so unbeleiveable to this couple of fairly old kiwis no so far away from home and having the time of our lives. We will definitely miss Switzerland. So clean and pristine and friendly and different yet similar to home for us - well more like the south island really.