This is Switzerland: First you whip and then you Rochers-de-Naye

on Friday, September 20, 2019

After arriving in Montreux, we boarded the Rochers-de-Naye (pronounced ro-SHAY dah NAY) cog train. This train booked to the top where we reached 6,699 feet. That may not seem as impressive as altitudes you’ve experienced in other parts of the world, but this train gained altitude fast. On this trip, we enjoyed tunnels, Lake Geneva, and the lovely alps. I found it interesting that this train made additional stops en route to pick up and drop off passengers and dogs — don’t forget the dogs. It appeared that not all riders were tourists, some folks used the train service to go about their daily routines. At the top, there was a restaurant and a large patio with an overlook. You could see snow sheds from that vantage point and even get pictures of later trains exiting them. There were skinny, rocky hiking trails and wildflowers like I’ve not seen before. There are two religious monuments. One is a Himalayan rock garden dedicated to the Nepal and its people who live in harsh conditions similar to what’s experienced on Rochers-de-Naye. The other is a cross, a symbol of Christianity. These structures were in memory of a member of the Swiss Alpine Club, who took special care of the lovely gardens.

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