Head in the clouds

I longed to get back to the crisp, fresh mountain air after my weekend in the Bernese Oberland. For a change of mountain scenery, I explored Zermatt in Valais with Charlotte. This small, touristy town offered great views of the majestic Matterhorn, but it was definitely small and definitely touristy.

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Look at all the tourists!!
The Matterhorn
Shameless tourist picture in front of the Matterhorn

Upon arriving on Saturday, I immediately stuffed my face with apfelstrudel. We walked around the town and stumbled upon several epic-looking mountain biking trails and a peaceful stream. Of course I had to climb down the rocky bank to feel the rushing flow of just-melted-glacier water.

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Apfelstrudel
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Standing on a rock in the middle of the river

Walking back to the hostel from dinner, I saw a line outside the city’s Catholic Church. As all Dukies are, I was drawn to the line. It happened to be the second to last day of the Zermatt festival! I bought a ticket and listened to a concert of Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture op. 62, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Brahms’ String Sextet No. 2 in D-Major. It was quite a pleasant surprise!

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Zermatt’s Catholic church turned concert hall
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Why so serious? (Painted on the ceiling of the Catholic church)

On Sunday, we got high, in the altitude sense–climbing from Zermatt’s altitude of 1495 m to Rothorn 3103 m. For a lot of the hike, not just my head, but my whole body was in the clouds.

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The Matterhorn hovering over Zermatt
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Clouds lead to limited trail visibility!
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Glacier spotted from Rothorn

Unfortunately, the clouds persisted, limiting the view of the Matterhorn. On the way down, Charlotte noticed these little nature-engineered plant cups spread across an entire field. The droplet of water looks like a gem nestled in the center of the plant. How brilliant! How cute! IMG_1152

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