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Old 02-28-2012, 03:32 AM   #31
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And yes I did work out that Glacier was the train you get...
Just not that it was an actual 7 hour link train to St Moritz...
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Old 02-28-2012, 03:46 AM   #32
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You mainly talked about Christmas specific before so I guess I'm just wondering the main "normal" things you did and enjoy.
Are there specific shops that demonstrate chocolate making?

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"Normal" things. I am so not normal so rarely do normal things

No, We ski and even if I don't go skiing I will still go up the mountain for lunch and a look at the view. My last two photos of the matterhorn, were taken going up on the Gornagratt train and just wandering around, taking photos, watching my son ski, having lunch with his ski instructor (had to buy the ski instructors lunch, it's the done thing apparently ). Behind our hotel there is a park so we go ice skating and I take my son tobogganing. Oddly we swim -15 outside, nice and toasty in the indoor pool.

But around the village, I like to wander around the village and look at the shops, not too exciting, lots of souvenirs stuff, but it's such a pretty village to walk around. There is a clothing shop that I don't mind, it's in the arcade near the post office. There are some nice coffee shops and last trip a chocolate shop had opened with a chocolate coffee shop upstairs, mmmm best hot chocolate I have ever had. The shops close for afternoon siesta, not sure if it's from 1pm to 2pm or 1.30 to 2.30pm, something like that. Odd thing is, patisseries/coffee shops all close then too I would always be wanting a chocolate eclair or a mille feuille during that time. The chocolate shop in our hotel is divine (Schweizerhoff). I love people watching, so relaxing at the different coffee shops and watching the world, goats, horse drawn carriages go by I find enjoyable. The coffee shop opposite the main train station is a good one (but they all smoke inside ), so even in -15 I have been known to hang outside.

In winter the sun comes up around 8am and goes down around 4pm. So the days seem go by quickly, in summer the days will be longer. I do recommend taking the train up to Gornagratt. There will be some stunning walks you could do and take in the breathtaking scenery, the fresh air and the tinkle of the bells around the goats necks.
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:32 PM   #33
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Okie dokie...aussietravellers....yoooooo hooooo...


And any others with advice...

Well I've finally got the DBF to book his flights....

Of course I've been continuing on regardless. but what I haven't successfully done yet is book St Moritz. Even though I've pretty much picked a hotel...
So I figured I'd ask if you've stayed there and if so where?
I'm looking for EASY to and from station. This is a stop off...

Basically what we are doing is our 7 nights in Zermatt. Then leaving to take the slowest express train in the world (Glacier Express) all the way to St Moritz. (stay the night) Then the next day go to Zurich (stay the night) Then fly home.

I've gathered there isn't much to do in St Moritz beyond shop at really expensive shops so looked at trip advisor, swiss.com etc , google maps.
I decided on the Hotel Bellaval...based on location and price (heck they are all $$$) but I've contacted them at least twice through their website with no reply. Now I know some close for certain periods....so maybe I should ring? But it's been over a few months now I've tried with no reply.
I could book through swiss.com with a week in advance I think cancellation policy. But I figured I'd ask if you'd stayed anywhere that was easy and not too $$$?
Basically this place isn't the Ritz but it is the closest to the station so simple and quick and no lugging luggage...

Which is the next thing...
Luggage on Swiss Rail

Luggage should be pretty simple with this version.

I'll send the luggage through to St Moritz while on the Glacier Express. I know this is a common thing for the full day trip. You just pick it up at the other end.
But do I use the same system for St Moritz to Zurich?
And for the first Zurich Airport to Zermatt? (well...the station where the hotel pick us up from in their electric car)


Next part to book is the Glacier Express. I'm getting the 4 day rail pass with BOGOF and 15% if you travel together. Been a right pain in the bum getting that though because they assume you are coming from the same country when you try and book it online (being "helpful" I assume) and there is no way to override it online, even though it is in no way a requirement. And the ticket must match you passport. but after phone calls I've got that part sorted...
Now just need to add the actual GE booking...

Oh yeah...and there is a Mickey component before all this
Paris is just near Zermatt after all....


THANK YOU!!!!!
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I have no advice to offer... But hurray for DBF booking his flights!!! you can scout out the new WOD store for me while you're there...
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Old 07-14-2012, 07:51 PM   #35
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I have no advice to offer... But hurray for DBF booking his flights!!! you can scout out the new WOD store for me while you're there...
Howdy shushh

Really how hard is it to organise booking two short hop flights???
I have half a mind to get hold of his booking number and sticking him in the last row of economy....

As for the WOD...
You remind me why I need to get some more money changed into Euros They might still have Dooney and Bourke 20th Anniversary. Wonder if the Shareholder Discount applies to that??? Must check fine print...

Ended up emailing directly the Bellaval and have a room booked now.

Still need to work out which people to send the luggage through with though
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Ooh shareholders discount!!! I'm assuming that's DBF? Unless you've thought of some clever for us Aussies to buy shares...I don't see why the discount shouldn't apply. Yes I've got my eye on those D&B 20th anniversary bags as well! Let's hope there's some left come December
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DBF does have a shareholder card...

But so does the Aussie we both know....
I don't know how he got them...but you can email and ask him
I get the feeling it isn't hard to do...
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DBF does have a shareholder card...

But so does the Aussie we both know....
I don't know how he got them...but you can email and ask him
I get the feeling it isn't hard to do...
Great idea! Just sent the email...
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Some piccies of the shop we're waiting to see...

and if you scroll down some of the merch

http://www.newsdlrp.com/dlp-1073-wor...-premiere.html





Let us know if you do work out the Shareholder thing and if it's easy for Aussies to do...


I'm still trying to sort out Swiss Rail...
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Yes...I have my eye on the messenger bag type one. Will definitely let you know how I do with the shares!
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