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Swiss Mountain Air (and Swiss Cheese!)

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On Friday I woke up in Switzerland.

I’d love to tell you that I rose with the sun, stepped barefoot into the glistening, dewey grass, clutching a hot cup of tea. Breathing in the cool mountain air, slowly stretching and starting to come to life. Before sitting down to a sumptuous breakfast overlooking the valley below.

But that’s not what happened.

After rather a late night, Phoebe & I failed to hear the rest of the gang get up for breakfast. Failed to notice the banging of doors and suitcases flinging open. In fact we only woke up when the duvet was yanked off the bed and we were given a 5min warning to get dressed, or the cars would go without us!

Within seconds we were bouncing around, pulling on trousers, brushing teeth, finding shoes, bickering, laughing and shrieking as we went.

After exactly 4.8 minutes, we leapt into the revving cars and they pulled away before our feet were off the ground.

We climbed high into the mountains, and suddenly it all seemed worth it.

Just look at these views!

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We all tumbled out at the top of the hill and treated ourselves to a little Julie Andrews sing song, while the Swiss unpacked parachutes.

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Karl D Gillet (comes in 3 rather fetching colours) // Pure Collection jumper

Slinky Feline leggings // Nikes // Jimmy sunnies

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Snug as a bug in a rug!

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Fabrizio strapped me up!

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Complete with world’s sexiest helmet.

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It’s by Helmet Lang, darling.

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Before I knew it he’d crept up behind me, buckled me up and told me to RUN!

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Grinning like toddlers racing towards ice-cream (and with the same grace) we legged it and leapt off the hillside!

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Soaring off into the mountain air.

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We flew down into the valley, whistling over tree tops, churches and tiny farm houses complete with waving, muddy children and barking dogs.

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I didn’t take my camera (which of course I instantly regretted), but Fabrizio was well prepared with his selfie stick!

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It was the most incredible & beautiful experience.

Quite possibly one of my favourite adventures yet.

Floating through the clear blue sky, just taking in the view and listening to the cow bells tinkling below is something I wont soon forget.

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After a few “roller coaster” moves (swishing from side to side as you hurtle towards the ground), we came to a smooth and elegant landing* next to a little church.

*Actually my legs collapsed under me and we ended up in a giggling heap, but let’s just pretend otherwise.

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Marvelling at the postcard like surroundings, we all caught our breath and lay out in the meadow.

With hearts still in the sky and stomachs still swimming, we gazed at the periwinkle sky and couldn’t keep the grins from our faces.

Eventually we packed up and headed back to the house for a quick glass of bubbly, before lunch.

We drove to Lake Arnen for a bite to eat in the little restaurant on its shores.

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Huus am Arnensee is a deliciously quaint, family run restaurant where you’ll find tastebud meltingly epic fondue.

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They come and re-fill your pot as often as you like, so we took real advantage!

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Between four of us I think we managed 6 pots… before conceding defeat and begging them not to bring anymore!

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After lunch we went for a much needed stomp around the lake.

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At the other end we stripped off and full of Swiss cheese, wallowed like happy hippos in the shallow waters. Watching the sunlight dance across the ripples, I never wanted to leave.

But more on all of that tomorrow!


Have you seen these yet?


  • You just reminded me I did a sort of sky dive thing like this in Bali, but pulled by a boat over some water, absolutely exhilarating!

    Also, I totally need to visit Switzerland now!!

  • Alex C

    Beautiful post as always Rosie makes me want to go parachuting! I’m from the french speaking part of Switzerland, you definitely did our mountains justice with your photos. Did you get a chance to visit lac LΓ©man (lake Geneva)?

  • Amber Rhodes

    Ok, this was incredible. At first I thought this was a post with just gorgeous photos of amazing mountain scenery…then suddenly you are jumping OFF the mountain! Holy cow! What views. Thanks for taking us along on this journey!
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  • Kate

    The pictures look incredible! What a beautiful place. I’d probably be too scared to do the parachute thing though! x
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  • Queenie Lee

    Looks like an amazing experience, I’d love to do that one day! The views are spectacular! xx

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  • Bethan Turner

    Switzerland looks so beautiful!

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  • The slow pace

    God, you’re brave. Doing that… and without breakfast???
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    xx,
    E.
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    • Beth Clark

      I fear breakfast might’ve made it less pleasant!

      This post is fantastic, as always!!

  • I found myself unconsciously taking a deep breath waiting for the smell of fresh pine trees in the first few photos. lol

    xo
    Maggie A
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  • Truly, madly jealous. This looks AMAZING! and that fondue looks divine.

  • Oh wow. That looks absolutely amazing. One for the bucket list!

    Hayley

    Water Painted Dreams xo

  • So pretty! Both you and the countryside.

    Lovely adventures again Rosie πŸ™‚ Love reading them.

    Fiona x Coffee & Confetti

  • I did paragliding in Val d’Isere a few years ago. I had skis on my feet – it’s such a strange feeling skiing (or I can imagine running) towards the edge of a cliff! I wasn’t strapped in properly though so didn’t enjoy it immensely as I thought I was going to fall out!

    Such amazing memories of Gstaad. It was where I learnt to ski. We stayed at a little old ladies house called Frau Rachenback (spelling was strange I can’t quite remember!) just outside Gstaad in a place called Lauenen. She had no heating, so instead had huge thick duvets that we slept under. The toilet was a plan of wood with a hole in the middle under the stairs with a long drop underneath (the theory was that the muck kept the house warm?!)

    Looks like you both had a fab time, looking forward to seeing the rest of your adventure. I’d love to visit the alps in the summer – looks so different!

    Katie <3

  • Looks incredible! Parachuting AND fondue? Best day every!

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  • Elissa

    Beautiful post Rosie but the von Trapp’s lived in Austria not Switzerland….

  • My goodness, what an adventure! I would love to try something like this, and the Swiss mountains must be the perfect surroundings!
    I went to Switzerlands once, and I enjoyed the view and the cheese just as much as ye guys. Delightful country.
    These photos made me smile! All the best from Oslo!

    Synne
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  • Wow! The sky dive looked amazing, just not sure I’d be brave enough to do it! The fondue looks mouth wateringly good!

    Hugs xoxo

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  • Laura

    Wonderful scenery! It’s literally picture postcard perfect!

    Well done you on the parachuting – that’s pretty brave!

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  • The Swiss Alps must be one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been! Breathtaking and the cheese…thanks for sharing!
    x
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  • Such beautiful pictures.
    Were you scared? It looks awesome but if someone said “run and jump of this hill” I would be a little hesitant!!
    Ekaete x

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  • Beautiful post. I really want to go to Switzerland now!!

    Danielle x
    boothysabode.blogspot.co.uk

  • Emma and Emily

    These photos took my breath away! I never thought of Switzerland as such a beautiful country. It is now on my to visit list for sure!

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  • sophie brewster

    It looks absolutely stunning. I really must go one day. Oh, and watch The Sound of Music… x

  • Alice

    Cheese fondue is one of my favourite things ever it’s too delicious to contemplate sometimes. Looks beautiful, I’ve always wanted to go to Switzerland, though I’m heading off to a tiny rustic village in the South of France in October so hope to see some sites just as quaint xx

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  • This trip looks so incredible! I was looking at all the photos in complete awe – just thinking ‘I want to be THERE. This is want I want to do.’ I think it was better you didn’t take your camera with you while flying, you wouldn’t have been able to fully enjoy the ride (or in your case, flight). Looking forward to more Swiss posts! πŸ™‚

    Lubna | http://www.ellevox.com

  • Your adventurous spirit is so inspiring and those pictures of the countryside are just beautiful!!! Great post!

    Meghan xo
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  • Shade of Red Blog

    Beautiful colours! Switzerland is now firmly on my list!
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  • Emily Kalbun

    What an amazing post. I think the scenery is absolutely gorgeous and actually identical allmost to Brittish Columbia (I am from Ontario but I’m well aquainted with BC). This is a perfect post to read first thing in the morning, it really woke me up. And that helmet. DAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMMMMMMNNNNNN GIRL! πŸ˜€ hahahhahaha
    great post!
    Em

  • Lorraine

    6 pots between 4 people? Impossible! Ahah
    I’m from Switzerland so I eat fondue quite a lot in the winter, but it’s usually one pot for 4 people and you still end up groaning because you had too much to eat =D
    Anyway, I’m really glad you enjoyed my country!
    I’m from Geneva and those pictures just made me want to leave right now and go to the mountains! Soon, I hope…
    Xx

  • Paulina Villalpando

    It looks like an amazing day! http://www.thepaarblog.com/

  • STUNNING pictures. Some of your best yet I’d say! Those views are fabulous xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle & Fashion

  • Gorgeous!
    Only been to Switzerland in winter (some pretty great slopes!) but it looks absolutely magical without the snow! x

  • These photos are stunning! Switzerland has to be one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever visited πŸ™‚

  • Switzerland is just breathtaking country. I’ve been there two years ago and will come back soon πŸ™‚

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  • It looks absolutely beautiful! Where I’m from in the Western part of Norway, loads of People come from all over the world to paraglide from the mountain tops and down to the fjord! You should definately keep it in mind if you feel like an adventure again πŸ˜‰

  • Clarice Tejada

    Oh my! Just TOLD the boyfriend we MUST visit Switzerland next year!

  • I don’t know that I’d have the courage to make that jump – but you’ve gotten me a little bit closer to that point. (Love that vest too!)

    Liz
    http://www.liztheaustinite.com

  • I completely adore the beautiful butterfly picture! It looks like the butterfly is about to do a run and jump from the hand, just like you off the mountain!

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  • I officially want to go to switzerland now! I can’t believe you can go parachuting without jumping from a plane! And awesome pictures by the way πŸ™‚

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  • Looks amazing and making a mental note to convince my man we are going to Switzerland next year πŸ™‚ hehe

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  • Wow what an amazing, thrill seeking experience! Such a lucky girl Rosie.

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  • Zoe

    Your travel posts are my absolute favorite! I love them. Switzerland looks picture perfect. I’m a wimp when it comes to heights, but I think I could deal with those views…especially if swiss fondue was up next πŸ™‚

    The What’s In Between

  • Oh my goodness, how absolutely beautiful and this looks like so much fun!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • My goodness that looks beautiful and so exciting!

    The Vintage Clothing Collection Blog

  • Beautiful pictures. Everything looks like in a fairytale, it’s amazing.

    Anca @ ancaslifestyle | UK

  • This post just put Switzerland on my bucket list!

  • Adaleta Avdic

    This looks so lovely! I hope you’re having a great time with your friends!

    xx,
    Ada

  • Those views are absolutely stunning!! I can’t wait to hear about the rest of the trip. x Kate
    theintellectualswan.blogspot.com

  • Amazing, can’t believe you just did that!
    The Swiss Alps what a beautiful place this is, you should come back in the winter and try the skinning there.

    xx Cheyenne
    http://www.bohemianjourneys.blogspot.com

  • This is gorgeous! I am so jealous of this adventure. Take me with you next time!

  • Hannah Burrows

    Oh my god these photos are absolutely break taking! Bet it was a fantastic view, I wish I was there!! xxx

    Blog This With Hannah

  • Dammit, you always get up to something that I end up putting on my bucket list! Forever living vicariously through you! πŸ™‚
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  • WOW! I hope I can visit one day!

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  • Kelsey Wilburn

    this is gorgeous!

    ladies in navy

  • Gorgeous photos! & What a wonderful way to end such an adventure, with cheese fondue!

    Alice
    http://www.TrendyinTEXASblog.com

  • Jana

    OMG! You had swiss cheese fondue in summer??? This is awesome!!! And it tastes sooooo delicious!!! But wasn’t it a bit too warm for that???

  • Nichola Allan

    That looks amazing, will have to add it to my bucket list!

    I wrote a blog post about selfie-taking…would love to know what you think if you get time when you’re back from you holiday!!

    http://nicholawithanh.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/why-selfie.html

  • ninegrandstudent

    I went to Switzerland two years ago – the best holiday of my life, such a romantic place. I’m desperate to go back and this post hasn’t helped! x

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  • What an amazing adventure! Switzerland is beautifully underrated. x
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  • Those days happen – late starts and mishaps, but seems like you had a great time and the pics are amazing. Love you vest. Erin http://www.beautyjunkkie.com

  • Switzerland is absolutely gorgeous. It looks like you had glorious weather too!

    Melissa | MELISSA LOVES THIS

  • Looks like such a magical place. I love to see your endless adventures…envious just a little, but you look like you’re living the fullest life possible which we all should try to do! Nicola xxx
    http://thecuriosityfox.blogspot.co.uk/

  • I laughed out loud at the Helmut Lang joke– too cute. πŸ™‚ Your pictures are unreal! So fun to read about your adventure.

    Always, Anita
    http://www.alwaysanita.com

  • Imogen May

    This looks bloomin beautiful! Swiss landscapes have got to be up there with the most stunning. Can’t wait to see todays update! Also, do you know when the burger meet up will be yet? >:) Ix

  • Jacqueline

    Rosie this post is gorgeous; makes me dream of one day getting to visit Switzerland!!! As always, you’ve managed to cheer me up – especially today πŸ™‚

  • Oh my God… I want to wisit Switherland now! Amazinf post!

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  • I went paragliding a few years ago in Lauterbrunnen! Its an experience that STAYS with you (“wait.. what do you mean run? off that cliff? are you crazy!?”)

    looks like a fab trip!

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  • I can literately feel the thrills just by looking at your pictures! Love it!xxx

    http://it-is-sweetchili.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Gina Evans-Forte

    This trip looks so amazing, it’s really made me want to go to there now. That fondue made my mouth water is looks so delicious. Love all of these photos and can’t believe you did that parachuting thing, it looks like so much fun! Glad you had a such a great time πŸ™‚ xxx

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  • what an amazing place! x

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  • Aargh this is amazing! Definitely worth being bullied out of bed for. Hope you did your fair share of yodelling! I’d say parachuting is one of the only occasions where a selfie stick is acceptable πŸ˜‰

    Tamsin xx | A Certain Adventure

  • Wow what a skydive, I’d love to try that! Was this a tour or a special holiday?

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Fashion Lifestyle + Photography – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • Ohhh, this is my favorite post of yours yet! The views are breathtaking! This goes on my bucketlist! <3

  • Samantha Bei

    The views must have been amazing parachuting! Definitely got a case of vacation envy going on.

    thefoxandtheclown.blogspot.com

  • Sandra Guerin

    Hi Rosie! Where is your sweater from? I clicked on the link but it seems it’s not the right one (item is different…). Been looking for one similar to the one you’re wearing for like ever…

  • Switzerland looks amazing! I really wanted to go when I was interrailing a couple weeks ago but couldn’t fit it into my route. These photos and your writing are just making me want to go interrailing again just to fit it in…..what a shame!
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  • Annacus

    Edamn (!), what a fab post ! And your gilet is gorgeous – do you have any suggestions where I could get my mits on a more high street (student budget friendly) price ? Thanks so much x