Zermatt

Our first impression of the town of Zermatt was “ooooohhh!” Then, “aaaaahhhhh!” I think that the Colorado ski resort towns of Vail and Aspen must have been based on Zermatt. We left some time at the end of our hike to stroll through the town.

Cars are not allowed in town, but electric vehicles in the form of little shuttles roam the streets.

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The fall colors are at their peak on the surrounding mountains.

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The main industry for this town of just under 6,000 is tourism, especially during the ski season. About half of the shops in town were closed. I thought it might be for All Saints Day, but, actually, many places close during November before prime ski season starts.

This is one of the larger hotels we saw.

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The church is pretty much in the middle of the town.

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Right behind the church is a quaint cemetery with the graves of many of the mountaineers who died in the area during a climb. The gravestones tell where the climbers lost their lives.

IMG_6206 IMG_6208 IMG_6209There is another cemetery across the path which was busy with families decorating graves. When I lived in Austria, on All Saints Day my host family went to the cemetery to remember their family members, and then we went out to a restaurant with some cousins.

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Before we hopped on the train for home, we had to stop by a bakery and have a blueberry torte which we ate so fast that I didn’t get a picture of it. You’ll just have to use your imagination.

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