Friday, May 14, 2010
It's very much a tourist centre, as everywhere is here. One main street, thousands (it seems) of souvenir shops (watches, cuckoo clocks - we saw one at over a thousand pounds - Swiss army knives, cowbells) and chocolate shops. There's also place to book paragliding...
One frustrating thing about Switzerland is that there's a 'quiet time' between 12 noon and 2 pm - apparently a Reformation hangover when people were given time to pray! But today, for us, it meant that the Tourist Information office was closed when we wanted it. But still: lunch at Macdonalds, a steady walk, lots of time looking at the shops - then the TIO was open and they gave us the guidance we wanted. We took a walk by the river leading to the Eastern lake, though we didn't get as far as the lake itself.
Rain today, again - intermittent and light in Interlaken, but when we arrived back at G it seemed that it had rained heavily. The forecast for the next few days is a little better - some sunshine creeping from behind the clouds.
Even in the rain, this place is beautiful almost beyond words. We're amazed at God's kindness in allowing us to visit the area.