Fast tracked to great grandma❣️

Reuben's challenge letter N

Four generations headed to Italy for a gelato. The only way to get there was to take the Bernina Express scenic rail from Davos, Switzerland to Tirano, Italy. 

 

 our picnic on the train, fresh bread rolls,  Appenzeller cheese and Ovaltine choccy biscuits 

our picnic on the train, fresh bread rolls,  Appenzeller cheese and Ovaltine choccy biscuits 

Our train journey took all day so we took some picnic supplies with us. Andreas is one of the gardeners at Schatzalp and spent much of the journey kindly naming the plants and butterflies along the track for us.  Franzi and I are garden volunteers and we just couldn't leave behind Franzi's lovable four month old son Edi. 

 

 

 this cheese is so Swiss you can hear these guys yodelling. 

this cheese is so Swiss you can hear these guys yodelling. 

This train journey is an engineering masterpiece. We crossed over nearly 200 bridges and viaducts and went through 55 tunnels. Most of these were built over 100 years ago. Combine these feats with the stunning landscape some of it well above 2000m no wonder it is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site. 

The train carriages have awesome windows and the last carriage has no Windows at all.   

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 Franzi practicing her Royal Wave ❣️ 

Franzi practicing her Royal Wave ❣️ 

The train, powered by electricity, zigzags up and down the mountainsides and when there is not enough space for the train to make these turns they simply build a tunnel and the train does a big spiral loop inside the mountain, and you don't realise this has happened until you emerge back into the daylight again and recognise the track you were on, crosses underneath you. 

 

 

 the Brusio Circular Viaduct from below

the Brusio Circular Viaduct from below

 and from above. 

and from above. 

Then it was downhill all the way into Italy.  In Tirano, our destination for gelato, the train runs down the Main Street. 

 

 I got a wave from the sidecar people. Franzi still practicing her Royal wave. 

I got a wave from the sidecar people. Franzi still practicing her Royal wave. 

Once we got to Tirano, elevation 400 m it was hot, well hot for us mountain folk, so we wandered around town til we found a cool shady garden terrace for lunch.  

 

 Ok. So we're in Italy!! 

Ok. So we're in Italy!! 

 Andreas and Edi have a little smile time while

Andreas and Edi have a little smile time while

 Franzi and I have big smile times eating  

Franzi and I have big smile times eating  

 Gelato desserts.  

Gelato desserts.  

 As if I didn't lick my dish clean Harri and Monti ( because I'm in Italy) thought they'd help!  

As if I didn't lick my dish clean Harri and Monti ( because I'm in Italy) thought they'd help!  

Then we had just enough time to have a wander around town, find a takeaway gelato shop and tuck in!  

 Franzi has got that wave thing happening again.  

Franzi has got that wave thing happening again.  

Then more of the fabulous scenery on the way home. 

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So thankyou Rueben for suggesting I take the Bernina Express, I loved it.  

And as Rueben suggested I should try some brouli, I haven't but one of the gardeners gave me a small bottle of her homemade special brew. Her label says

ALPINUM EROFFNUNES, TRUNK, 2018

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it tastes like it's very healthy. I haven't climbed a mountain to sip it from the summit, but after climbing up and down the garden slopes each day it feels like I've reached the top of the Matterhorn each day. So Rueben let's say I've completed both your challenge suggestions, in a round about way❣️❣️ 

 

This is video clip is the promotional video for the Bernina express. It's beautifully done. Well worth watching.