Saturday, May 21, 2016

Day 4

Stresa, Swiss Valais, and Zermatt

Leaving Lake Lugano, we travel to the Italian shore of Lake Maggiore for a stop in Stresa, Italy.  From Stresa, we travel to Swiss Valais, an area known for its excellent wines and great mountain resorts. A stop in Simplon Pass brings the mountains even closer with the elevation at 7000 feet.  Snow topped mountains surround the sparse cottages and businesses.  In Tasch, we board a mountain train to the most famous resort in Zermatt.  Zermatt's elevation is at 5000 feet; as a result, the only route to the resort village is by train. Zermatt is car-free.  People walk from their chalets to their places of business or to shop. The rustic chalets are beneath the Matterhorn (a mountain in the Pennine Alps on the Italian-Swiss border.)

Snow topped mountains surround Simplon Pass

Snow topped mountains surround Simplon Pass

Windmill generating power on the mountain

Windmill generating power on the mountain

Chalets in Zermatt
Travelers are ready to relax in the hotel in Zermatt following a long day on mountain roads