Friday, August 26, 2011

The Bernina Express

No it's not a sewing machine sewing quickly, it's the name of a scenic rail trip which goes over the Swiss Alps. It starts in Lugano with a 3 hour bus ride to Tirano which is just over the border in Italy. The road follows the Italian lakes and the scenery is very pretty with roads which are only wide enough for the bus at times and the driver sounds the horn to warn oncoming traffic.
After an hour's break for lunch at Tirano we boarded a train for Chur, which is 4 hours or so away. The train goes over the mountains and the scenery is lovely with lots of mountain views.
A man comes through the carriages regulalrly offering refreshments to purchase and a stuffed mountain goat is on the front of his cart- probably one which didn't move quickly enough.
The trip can also be taken in reverse and this was the other train trip we particularly wanted to do as it's classed as one of the best train trips for scenery.
It was a great way to see lots of the Alps and the views from the carriages was great as they have extra expanses of glass.
You guessed it- there's more to come but that will be tomorrow.
Hugs, Jan Mac


Lynne said...

And not a sewing machine in sight! LOL

Maria said...

Hi Jan, what a great way to see the countryside! That stuffed goat is certainly a talking point I can imagine!

Johanna Zweden said...

This brings back many memories
It is beautiful there.
Greetings Johanna

jacaranda said...

With all that beautiful scenery, you won't have time to knit Christmas stockings on the train. The weather looks great.