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Friday, 17 February 2017

Switzerland, Dec 2016 - Interlaken


Interlaken, bandar pelancongan yang mula-mula kami bercadang untuk menginap di Switzerland, terletak tidak berapa jauh dari Spiez, Keputusan untuk menginap di Spiez adalah lebih tepat kepada kami kerana pekan kecil Faulensee di Spiez lebih nyaman/harmoni berbanding dengan Interlaken.

We had first intended to stay in Interlaken, a tourist area, not very far from Spiez, Our decision to stay in Faulensee, a small town in Spiez was a right one to us as the place was quieter and less busy than Interlaken.


Hari berikutnya selepas kami tiba di Spiez, kami pergi ke pusat penerangan pelancong di Interlaken Ost untuk memperkemaskan itinerari selama menginap di Spiez.  Tetapi pusat tersebut ditutup pada musim sejuk. Di pintu diberikan alamat pusat yang lain yang beroperasi, lebih kurang 1 km dari situ.

We went to Tourist Information Center at Interlaken Ost on the next day of arrival to Spiez to firm up our Swiss vacation itinerary. However, we found out that the center was closed during the winter season. There was another center opened which was about a kilometre away, nearer to Interlaken West rail station.


Berjalan kaki. Nampak beberapa kedai makan halal. While walking to the Tourist Information Center, we spotted quite a few 'Halal' restaurants along the way.




Pusat Penerangan Pelancong tersebut terletak lebih dekat dengan stesen Interlaken West. The Tourist Information Center, was nearer to Interlaken West station.



Di supermarket Migros berdekatan dengan stesen Interlaken West, kami jumpa buah-buahan dari Malaysia. Malaysian fruit sold at Migros, a grocery store near Interlaken West.


Pada penghujung penginapan kami di Spiez, kami pergi semula untuk pusing-pusing di kawasan Interlaken. Tujuan utama ialah untuk menaiki cruise di lake Thun yang berlepas dari pengkalan bot yang terletak bersebelahan dengan stesen keretapi Interlaken West.

The second last day in Switzerland, we went again to Interlaken to spend more walking around the place with the main intention to take a boat ride in Lake Thunersee. The port was just right next to Interlaken West rail station.


Pemegang Family Pass menaiki boat secara percuma, tetapi kena buat booking dulu kerana tempat terhad. Pemandangan dari deck tinjau di bahagian luar sangat cantik sekali... bagaimana pun tidak  dapat bertahan lama-lama duduk di luar kerana cuaca yang agak sejuk.

Swiss Family Pass holder ride the boat free,however booking is required since seats were limited. The view from the upper deck (outside) was beautiful but we could not stand the cold air for long.





Makan tengahari lewat sedikit di atas bot. Slightly late lunch on the cruise.




Kami turun di pengkalan Spiez dengan tidak menghabiskan pelayaran ke pengkalan hujung sekali di Thun kerana hari dah hampir petang dan kami ingin membeli belah di Spiez sebelum malam menjelang.  Agak jauh juga berjalan (15 minit) untuk naik dari pengkalan ke Spiez bahnhof.

We did not finish the whole journey to the last port in Thun as it was already in the evening and we need to do some shopping in Spiez before the night fall. We got off at Spiez which to us some walking distance (about 15 minutes walking) to reach Spiez bahnhof.





Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Switzerland, Dec 2016 - GoldenPass Line : Interlaken – Montreux

Bahagian kedua GoldenPass panoramic tren dari Interlaken ke Montreux (bahagian pertama kami sebelum ini adalah dari Interlaken ke Lucerne.  Perjalanan penuh line tren GoldenPass panoramic adalah dari Montreux ke Lucerne (atau sebaliknya) seperti yang digambarkan oleh video di bawah ini:-

Our second leg of GoldenPass panoramic from Interlaken to Montreux (earlier post, our first leg of GoldenPass line from Interlaken to Lucerne. The overall GoldenPass line (Montreux - Lurcerne, vice-versa via Interlaken) is as depicted in the following video:-


Tidak seperti GoldenPass dari Interlaken ke Lucerne, di mana kami tidak perlu bertukar tren, line dari Interlaken ke Montreux ini bermula dengan regional express train ke Zweisimmen dahulu, kemudian barulah bertukar kepada tren panoramic untuk seterusnya ke Montreux.

Unlike Interlaken-Lucerne GoldenPass line where we did not have to change train, the Interlaken-Montreux GoldenPass line consist of an express regional train from Interlaken to Zweisimmen where we change over to the panoramic train for onward journey to Montreux.



Antara photo-photo perjalanan dari Interlaken - Zweisimmen - Montreux (tidak mengikut turutan). Some photos along the route























Nak rakam awan berbentuk "A" (tak perasan pulak kalau-kalau ada jet yang buat kepulan asap waktu itu). Clouds forming the letter "A"? We did not notice any jet in the sky at that moment...








Satu kawasan yang menarik, (kalau tak silap) semasa menghampiri stesen Chamby, di mana terdapat awan rendah atau kabus meliputi kawasan. Teringat pula movie The Fog semasa keretapi berhenti sebentar di stesen Chamby ini.

A beautiful foggy environment as we approached Chamby, (if not mistaken), reminding us the movie, The Fog












Montreux - Sementara bahagian Switzerland disebelah Lucerne adalah merupakan bahagian "German-speaking-Swiss",Montreux pula adalah bahagian "French-speaking-Swiss". Switzerland mempunyai 4 bahasa rasmi iaitu German (74%), French (21%), Itali (4%)dan Rumantsch (1%), peratusan penggunaan dalam braket.

Montreux -  While majority of the Swiss are German-speaking, Montreux is the part where most of the Swiss speaks French. There are 4 national/official languages of Switzerland which are German (74%), French (21%), Italian (4%) and Rumantsch (1%), the figure in bracket represent the percentage of language usage through out Switzerland.







Christmas Market Montreux adalah merupakan acara tahunan di Montreux Noel yang bermula sebulan sebelum sambutan krismas.

Christmas Market Montreux is held annually at Montreux Noel, starting a month before the Christmas eve.
 














Lake Geneva







Gruyere cheese factory



Keretapi berhenti di stesen di seberang jalan di hadapan kilang keju Gruyere. Gruyere gare/station is just across the cheese factory.




Kilang keju...the cheese factory..



Semasa sampai hari dah hampir petang, lawatan ke dalam tempat keju dihasilkan telahpun ditutup. The date was already late when we arrived. The place where they process the cheese had already closed for visitors.






Kami tidak sempat untuk ke kilang cokelat Cailler yang tidak berapa jauh dari Gruyere kerana hari sudah gelap. Kami mengambil jalan keretapi lain menerusi Bulle - Fribourg - Bern untuk balik semula ke Spiez malam itu.

There's another attraction nearby which was the Cailler chocolate factory. It was already dark and the factory was already closed as we were finishing our cheese factory visit. We took a different route to Spiez that night via Bulle - Fribourg - Bern.




Promosi Grand Train Tour (Glacier Express) di pusat penerangan pelancong di Montreux. Glacier Express, adalah penutup tirai lawatan kami ke Switzerland 2016.

The Glacier Express which was our final Switzerland 2016 itinerary, being promoted at Montreux tourist information center.

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