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Gimmelwald & James Bond Breakfast: 5/30/08
Waking up today I feel so much better and along with that the clouds look as if they are going to give us a little bit of a break. So we decide to head up to the Schilthorn (Schilthorn is a 2,970 meter high summit, 9,744 feet .) There is a panoramic revolving restaurant, named Piz Gloria, at the summit, which is where the James Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service was set. A famous black diamond ski run featured in the film starts at the summit and leads down to the Engetal below Birg. The restaurant revolves a full 360 degrees in 55 minutes. To get up to the Schilthorn from Gimmelwald we take three cable cars. One from Gimmelwald to Murren, Murren to Birg, and finally Berg to the Schilthorn. Going from Murren to Birg was mostly in clouds, but right before we arrived at the Birg station we broke out of the clouds and there behind us was the Eiger with blue sky all around it; what a sight!! From Birg to the Schilthorn is the most dramatic of the rides up to the top. Arriving at the summit we head into the Piz Gloria restaurant to have the 007 breakfast. It is a very good breakfast buffet and we were the only ones there for the next hour. About ten minutes into eating a worker down bellow on the observation deck began to spray the windows with water, then soap, followed by a squeegee to clean the windows. Logic would tell one to go against the rotation of the restaurant, but this guy decided to go along with the rotation. So for the next hour and a half we had a very good view of water, soap and a squeegee. Even the workers of the restaurant were laughing about this and one went down to try to explain this to the guy cleaning the windows but he did not understand what she was trying to tell him. Well we did have some very clean windows to look out of! After breakfast we went out on the observation deck to take some pictures. There was so much snow compared to late June of ’05 when I was last here, today I could not even walk off the observation deck because of all the snow. Standing out on the deck, clouds came up from the valley bellow and engulfed the Schilthorn for awhile before a gap would appear and all the surrounding mountains and the green valley bellow would be visible. We then went back into the Schilthorn and watched a short video of clips from the James Bond movie that was filmed up here also watched a short film about the Schilthorn and surrounding area. Back out to the observation deck we went; it would be so much fun to have the opportunity to sleep up here. We spent the next hour just hanging out on the deck and watching the clouds come and go. Heading back down to Murren we decide to hike back up to the Spielbodenalp which is in one of the valleys bellow the Schilthorn. From Murren we embarked on our hike through green fields full of wildflowers. We came across one section with cows, flashbacks to being chased by three of them kept us on our toes as we made our way past them; the cows up here are much friendlier! We stop a few times to just relax and look at the scenery. Eventually we make our way down to Sprutz falls. This is a very cool waterfall which the trail goes right behind it. I could not believe how much water was coming down Sprutz! I snapped a few pictures then made a mad dash behind the falls snapping off one quick picture before running out the other side. The rest of the hike is through the forest emerging above the town of Gimmelwald . Again we sat down and just looked out over the valley bellow us enjoying the good weather and blue skies. From time to time there would be a slight sound from just above us and a paraglider would glide right over our heads and make their way across the valley.
What a day this was, I feel so much better and the weather is just about perfect. Now this is the Gimmelwad I truly love!
Tomorrow we head to Zurich to catch a flight to Copenhagen Denmark .