It’s time for another slice of that wonderful country – Switzerland.

One mountain in particular towers over Spiez. Where our hotel base was. Beautiful Niesen. Son calls it the pyramid mountain.

It’s the northern edge of a spectacular mountain ridge and is 7749ft high (2362m). A short train journey takes you to the base of the mountain. As son was still quite young we were restricted on walking distances. Plus it was often a few steps of walking then more time to dream.

So we got off the train at Frutigen and walked along the lovely Kander River. Eventually arriving at the Mulenen and the Niesenbahn.

An old Funicular will carry you to the top. In places it is scarily steep. For the mad ones amongst us – once a year – you can enter the mountains stair run. A stairway follows the route of the Funicular to the top. Comprising of 11674 steps. It is the Worlds Longest Stairway. Really unfortunately the day we went up was one of the stairways closed days – that’s a shame….

As the Funicular moves above the tree line the views open out.

Next week we will continue the story on the summit. It is truly one of the great views. As good as I’ve had the privilege of seeing.

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      1. Cheers. I just wonder what the emoji would say in words. I would love to read the response rather than view a mere symbol which seems to close the door to conversation. I read an interesting post the other day, I wished I had reblogged it, concerning the effect that the use of Emojis had on posts and comments. Emojis deter the use of the written word. They considerably lower the ranking of posts and should be left to social media forums; the genesis of their creation. So I am a man, now, on an Emoji eradication crusade with regard to my blog. Each comment now that contains any Emojis I will politely ask for a translation into real words. Thanks for your understanding. Have a great day. Goff

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      2. Hi, Happy Day – wet and dismal here. Thanks for your understanding. I have to confess I actually hate the use of emojis and much prefer personal actual worded responses filled with the life of the writer; whether positive or negative; each have their worth. For me, emojis create a barrier; much like a wall, between writer and reader. What are your views with regard to the use of emojis? Would love to hear them. Have a great day. Goff

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      3. Cheers. Here it hasn’t stopped raining for days. Like Noah, I think, I’ll have to get round to building an ark!!! Thanks for your understanding. I have to confess I actually hate the use of emojis and much prefer personal actual worded responses filled with the life of the writer; whether positive or negative; each have their worth. For me, emojis create a barrier; much like a wall, between writer and reader. Goff

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