Day 5 - Gordes/Lauterbrunnen
19.07.2012 - 19.07.2012 17 °C
Up at eight a.m. but we knew it was going to take a while longer than last time because we’d really unpacked for the longer stay. Total about two hours from getting up to being in the car ready to go. Not bad.
We left the clear blue skies and picturesque valleys for the snowy peaks of Switzerland. Whole trip took about eight hours including lunch and a huge traffic jam. Last two hours mum took over the driving because dad was getting nervous of the mountains. It confused me that he was afraid of the heights when we were still on ground level, but now I know dad’s vertigo is triggered by the thought and sight of mountains as well as from being on them. The last hour or so there were the most amazing views; forested mountains and snowy peaks, half disguised by the clouds. That still didn’t tear Tom away from his book.
Mum and dad have been to this campsite to, twenty five years ago. Mum also came a good thirty years ago with her family. It’d be fair to say it’s changed a bit from the rural campsite it was – Contiki 18-35 holidays have landed. Luckily mum booked us a pitch as far away as possible from the Contiki chalet invasion, a nice big pitch conveniently situated ten metres from the showers.
The tent was up in no time.
We ate at the site restaurant, English food, while taking the mic of dad for utilizing the blanket supplied as the night grew colder. That night really was freezing – jumpers and two pairs of thermo-socks didn’t even cover it.
Shivering all round but an okay night’s sleep overall.