Trip tracker (10/30/11)

October 29, 2011 

When I think of Switzerland I think of snow-covered mountain peaks, rich coffee, dark chocolate, impeccable time pieces and castle-like banks filled with the money of the rich and famous. Known for it's neutrality during times of war, the country was not involved in World War I or II and was the birthplace of the Red Cross. As one of the richest countries in the world, the Swiss franc remains one of the world's strongest currencies, with the lowest inflation rate. Hmm ... maybe there's something to be said for giving peace a chance.

"Geneva offers something for everyone. It's the watch capital of the world. Before you leave, don't forget to purchase some chocolate from one of Geneva's master chocolate-makers. And why not stock up on Swiss army knives? They make the ideal gift for anyone."

"Zurich offers the unique mix of discovery, pleasure, nature and culture. The finest culinary highlights, unlimited shopping pleasure, over 50 museums and more than 100 galleries, Switzerland's liveliest nightlife, numerous events and countless green oases in the center of the city tempt guests to linger and enjoy."

"Ticino is also home to a geological treasure chest of a mountain that has revealed fossils of dinosaurs dating back more than 200 million years; and the three medieval castles of Bellinzona, which dominate the town and surrounding valley. The region is scattered with monuments and artworks of a rare beauty."

"St. Moritz is one of the world's most famous holiday resorts. Chic, elegant and exclusive with a cosmopolitan ambiance. The dry, sparkling "champagne climate" is legendary and the celebrated St. Moritz sun shines for an average of 322 days a year."

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"A panoramic trip through the Alps in the heart of Switzerland, the Glacier Express is the most famous railway in the world. It is a day trip through untouched mountain landscapes, glamorous health resorts, deep gorges, delightful valleys, 91 tunnels and across 291 impressive bridges." --

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