Rockin' Roy and I have known the lucky couple for over a decade. They have lived all around the world and survived long distance lives and career changes.
They now live in Hong Kong but the bride is originally from Switzerland and her family holiday in the beautiful town of Zermatt making it a special and relatively 'local' place for the wedding! Guests came from all over the globe but the furthest traveller was one of my old school friends who made it all the way from Singapore.
The epic journey… Started at 4am on Thursday. We didn't bother going to bed because we're usually night owls and couldn't sleep anyway. We hopped on the bus at 5am into town. Then the shuttle to the airport at 5.40am Then on to our flight at 6.30am and in the air by 7am. Phew. We took the Easyjet to Gatwick where we had a five hour layover… Yes there are flights direct from Glasgow to Geneva but sadly not in our budget for those particular days! We were taking an extra super duper budget trip because, well, we can't afford to do any other kind (not that we're hard done by - we still went! but we had to it very very cheaply).
Scrambled eggs, Lebanese potatoes, halloumi cheese, mushrooms, foul moudamas, and flatbread. YUM! Best veggie breakie I've ever had. I'm keen to get their cookbook and have a go at some of the recipes. Rockin' Roy had the omelette with mushrooms and sausage.
After splashing out on a hot breakfast we bought a couple of tracker bars and a flatbread with goats cheese salad from Boots to share as our lunch later in the day on the train.
Eventually it was time for Easyjet flight number 2 to Geneva. Much more cramped than the first plane which had been full of commuters with little luggage - our second leg was a sold out flight packed with students who I think were camping or backpacking… with a lot of bags…so many bags...
We arrived in Geneva at 4.20pm and cheesed it for the 4.50pm train towards Brig. The train station is located right next to the airport departure/arrivals area. I had bought us the Swiss Pass ticket which you can get if you live outside Switzerland. You have to pay and print in advance but it's cheaper than individual tickets on the day. It permits you passage from an airport or border to your destination and back. So you can't travel randomly about on it but it's very handy for a single trip. The first part of our train journey took us past a very misty Lake Geneva. And the Beard headquarters where I like to imagine they make all the important decisions about Swiss beards.
The second part of our train journey was, in a word, incredible. In fact at the time I couldn't find that word. It was just me and Rockin' Roy with our mouths hanging open, not blinking and swear-praying to the mountain gods for an hour. I stopped even trying to take photos and just videoed for 10 minutes straight.
We stayed at the Residence Patricia studio apartment owned by Best Western Hotels. The flat had a double bed, sofa, tv, table & chairs for three, kitchen with fridge, kettle, cooker top and sink and lots of utensils. The bathroom was teeny tiny - barely room to swing a toothbrush but the rest of the flat was very comfortable. Downstairs there was a room for washing down and storing your ski gear. We weren't skiing (we've never actually been) but it looked very useful for that kind of thing.
The icing on the cake was the balcony - WOAAAAHHH! What a view!! Straight over the town looking out to the Matterhorn. In the morning when we had breakfast we could see hang gliders twirling above the rooftops. As they neared the landing bay you could even hear them go 'Wheeeee!'
The reason we could hear them so clearly is because Zermatt is a car free zone. The only vehicles are bicycles and miniature silent electric vans & taxis which take supplies and people across town. Basically your only way in is either the train or helicopter! It was lovely to be somewhere so peaceful and clean and I could definitely get used to a traffic free life.