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  • Writer's pictureDeborah Kade

It was a cold 37 F. (2.7 C) this morning

Rain last night turned to snow on the mountaintops around us.

Mönch- 4,110 m (13,480 ft) -- Jungfraujoch -the saddle 3,463 m (11362 ft) with the Sphinx -- Jungfrau - 4,158 m (13642 ft)


The Sphinx is the second highest observation deck in Switzerland.

Sphinx at 3,571 m (11,716 ft) is one of the highest observatories in the world.

The scientific part of the Sphinx observatory includes two large laboratories, a weather observation station, a workshop, two terraces for scientific experiments, and an astronomical as well as a meteorological cupola. The astronomical cupola is equipped with a 76cm telescope with Cassegrain and Coudé focus.

The observatory plays an important role in a range of long-term experiments; it serves as a solar spectrometer for the Institute of Astrophysics and Geophysics at the University of Liège, Belgium, and plays a key role in a LIDAR experiment conducted by the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. In 1949, Nuclear emulsion plates exposed to cosmic rays in the observatory provided first precise evidence for the existence of the charged K-meson.

Männlichen, above Wengen at 2,343 meters (7687 feet)

Niesen by Spiez at 2,362 meters (7749 feet)

Taken by the Höhematte

Schynige Platte is a small mountain ridge

Schynige Platte belongs to the Schwarzhorn group. The mountain range consists of three peaks: Gumihorn (2,099 m (6,886 ft)), Tuba (2,076 m (6,811 ft)), and the closest summit next to the viewpoint, Geiss (2,067 m(6,781 ft)). The viewpoint lies at an altitude of about 2,000 m (7,000 ft), at the western end of a prominent ridge of the Schwarzhorn group, which separates the valley of the Schwarze Lütschine from Lake Brienz.

I could actually see it snowing from our room.

This is usually the first thing I see in the morning when I wake up. I have always called this "the sleeping man" with his large belly sticking up.

We went to visit Frau Meier today. She will be 103 on December 2nd. She is quite an extraordinary woman!! She recognized us immediately and started speaking English to us. She only speaks English once a year when we meet. She said she is doing well; she has a strong heart but she is having some difficulty hearing. Frau Meier is quite special!

It was lunch time and she walked to the the dining room. She holds on to her walker but she can walk very quickly. She is amazing!!!!!!! She said she can't wait to see us again next September.

Today is both a sad and happy day. We are sad to be leaving but happy to have made such wonderful memories again this year.

Michael and I always enjoy spending time with our Swiss friends; eating delicious Swiss food; taking interesting cooking/baking classes; and taking pictures of this breathtaking scenery.

The Mönch and Jungfrau bid us goodbye. This has been our view from room nine, under the roof, in the chalet.

The garden house, which was the original house of the first owners, was on a long term rental. Now, the present owners of the Guest House will be renting this out as a family rental for three days or longer. We will not be the first occupants but we are the first to put in a reservation.

Goodbye Switzerland!! Until next year......

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