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(4) Swiss Heartland Untour 2014 (Day 5) A rose for Eleanor

Swiss Heartland Untour - May 6 to June 4, 2014

Saturday  May 10, 2014

We were both up at 6:30am.  The temperature was 55 degrees Fahrenheit with clear blue skies.  I was soon out the door and on my way to Cafe zum Stein.

I purchased a loaf of fitnessbrot for 4.10CHF and 4 mandelstengels (almond pastries) at a cost of 2.20CHF each for a total of 12.90CHF ($14.57 U.S. dollars).  Fitnessbrot soon became our favorite bread.  It would stay fresh for several days.  On the way back I made a stop at the ATM.

Around 9:00am we got around to having breakfast : strawberries, cantaloupe, mandelstengel, 1 oz. of Appenzeller cheese, blueberry yogurt, orange juice, coffee and 1/2 banana each.  Eleanor was glad she brought along her Joseph Joseph Tri-scale.  It folds and fits in an eyeglass case and makes it easy to weigh/measure foods.  We moved our laptop into the kitchen.  It is more comfortable sitting at the table, and the Wifi (they pronounce it WeeFee in Europe) connection is good as long as the laptop is plugged into an outlet.  I emailed Blindekuh Restaurant in Zurich to make a reservation for May 23 at 11:30am.  I also called the Weggis Tourist Office to make a reservation for the horse-drawn carriage ride on May 20th.  I was told that it is only offered on Thursdays.  So I made the reservation for May 22.  The Tourist Office advised me to check back prior to that date because if they don't have a minimum of 6 people, they will have to cancel.  I then emailed Angelique about the corrected Weggis carriage ride information.

Eleanor forgot to bring some Vicks VapoRub on the trip.  She puts a little under her nose at night to keep her nose clear.  She looked up the German equivalent online to see if we could purchase it locally.  She found two brands : one called MediNait and the other Wicks VapoRub.  We decided to take a walk into town to see if the drogerie (drugstore) was open as well as stopping by the cemetery to pay our respects to Berit.  Franz Britschgi had mentioned on the day we arrived that there is a small bakery near us above the school.  So we decided to check that out on the way into town. 

As we left the chalet at 12:20pm we heard the songbird that had been serenading us each morning.  It sounded like it was in the tree just outside the chalet.  It seemed to be trading songs with another distant songbird.  I stopped to record the encounter.    



We walked through the school paved playground in the direction that Franz had told us.  At the top of Turliweg we spotted the Sunni Bakery. 

We stopped to record the bakery hours. 

From there we continued on into town and past the rear of the church to the cemetery. 

We wanted to visit Berit's grave.  We knew it would be emotional. She meant a lot to us.  Her and Albert are two of the nicest people we have ever met.  Back in 2002 and 2004 at the end of a day trip the smiling face of Berit in her kitchen window would greet us as we returned to Chalet Berit.  She would ask us how our day went.

We were unsuccessful.  Finding her grave was more difficult than we thought.  We planned to ask Albert tomorrow where it is located.

At 1:15pm we arrived at Cafe zum Stein.  It was such a beautiful day we decided to have lunch outside at a cozy table under some shade trees.

We chose menu 1 : Lintel soup followed by breaded pork fillets, fries, and mixed vegetables.  For drinks we each had a stange of beer.


Our server was Asiba, who lives in Hergiswil.  She doesn't have a car.  So she takes the 20 minute train ride to work.  Some servers have cars and drive 1 or 2 hours to work.  

We didn't realize it but we just made it in time for lunch.  We arrived at 1:15pm.  Lunch is served only until 1:30pm.  Thereafter you can just get dessert and drinks.

Total cost of the meal came to 47.40CHF plus a 2CHF tip for a total of 49.40CHF ($55.82 U.S. dollars).

From there we walked down to the drugstore to see if Eleanor could purchase the Swiss version of Vicks VapoRub.

On the way I spotted a cute dog.  It is not uncommon to see well behaved dogs patiently waiting for their masters to exit a store.

At the drugstore Eleanor was told that they have MediNait and Wicks VapoRub.  However, the MediNait is not recommended if you are taking other medications.  It will elevate the strength of the medication.  She recommended Wicks VapoRub, which is what Eleanor purchased.  For a small bottle she paid a whopping 13.90CHF ($15.70 U.S. dollars). 

Before returning to the chalet we stopped in Denner to purchase a few things (beer, wine, refrigerated pizza, cantaloupe and one red pepper).  The bill totaled 26.15CHF ($29.55 U.S. dollars).  All the fruit in Switzerland is very good, probably because they are close to Spain and other Mediterranen countries.  The fruit can be allowed to ripen before shipment.  As a result the pineapples (although small) are consistently very sweet.  The strawberries need no sugar added.  They are sweet enough as is.  Every morning there is a new shipment of fruits and vegetables delivered to Denner.     

By 3:00pm we were on our way back to the chalet.  Eleanor couldn't pass Gasser's Hardware without stopping in.  They have a wide variety of products. 

Eleanor came out with 2 Victorinox steak knives at a cost of 15.00CHF ($16.95 U.S. dollars).  They are very sharp.  The young girl remembered Eleanor from the other day and called her back.  She gave Eleanor a single rose for Mother's Day.  That was very nice of her.  Eleanor really appreciated it.  The rose is one of her favorite flowers.

Once back at the chalet Eleanor wished she had packed her kitchen timer.  It was needed to make hard-boiled eggs.  She was making hard-boiled eggs for salad or part of a meal.  She couldn't understand why the water was taking so long to boil on the stove.  Turns out she had turned on the wrong electric burner.  The rear burner got hot instead of the front burner.  Behind the rear burner was her tri-scale kitchen timer stored in an eyeglass case resting against the wall.  Luckily it was not damaged. 

Dinner was at 6:00pm and included a salad with chunks of hard-boiled egg, Emmental cheese, tomatoes and cucumbers with Italian salad dressing.  Along with that we had a bottle of red wine and a loaf of multigrain fitnessbrot.  The fitnessbrot was so good we ate the whole loaf.   Dessert was 1/2 of an apfelstrudel each.


The high temperature that day was 72 degrees Fahrenheit.   After checking emails, etc. on the laptop I went to bed at 7:45pm.  Eleanor didn't make it to bed until 8:20pm.  By then I was fast asleep.

Total distance walked that day : Bill - 3.65 miles,  Eleanor 1.86 miles.

To be continued....

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Comment by Sherry Petry on August 3, 2014 at 4:04pm
Your blogs are great. We especially appreciate the details you provide about each day. The details create a picture of what your Untour was really like. Waiting for # 5 and beyond. We will be in Meiringen in September this year, walking, training, hanging out at Migros, hoping for sun, and getting to bed early. Note to Eleanor: I carry Vicks in my purse all the time.


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