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The Glacier Express, “the slowest express train in the world”, sitting in Zermatt station.

The Glacier Express has been running between the ski resorts of St. Moritz and Zermatt since 1930, although it was a summer only service. The train is named after the Rhône Glacier which the original route passed as it entered the Furka Summit Tunnel at 2,160m (7,090 ft). The opening of the 15.4km long Furka Base Tunnel has allowed year round operation since 1982. The train still has to climb to 2,033 m (6,670 ft) over Oberalp Pass.

Zermatt, Switzerland.

The Glacier Express, “the slowest express train in the world”, sitting in Zermatt station.

The Glacier Express has been running between the ski resorts of St. Moritz and Zermatt since 1930, although it was a summer only service. The train is named after the Rhône Glacier which the original route passed as it entered the Furka Summit Tunnel at 2,160m (7,090 ft). The opening of the 15.4km long Furka Base Tunnel has allowed year round operation since 1982. The train still has to climb to 2,033 m (6,670 ft) over Oberalp Pass.

Zermatt, Switzerland.

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Travelling from Chamonix to Zermatt the road crosses from France into Switzerland and climbs to here at the Col de la Forclaz (1,527m) before dropping back down over 1,000m of steep switchbacks to Martigny on the floor of the Rhône valley.
Col de la Forclaz, Switzerland.

Travelling from Chamonix to Zermatt the road crosses from France into Switzerland and climbs to here at the Col de la Forclaz (1,527m) before dropping back down over 1,000m of steep switchbacks to Martigny on the floor of the Rhône valley.

Col de la Forclaz, Switzerland.

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I was playing Gran Turismo and got to the Matterhorn Gornergrat track and thought “hang on a minute…”. I knew we’d been to Gornergrat but I was still surprised to see this!

This is Lindsay hiking down towards Riffelberg station (while 5 and a half months pregnant!) and a photo from my replay last night in GT6!

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Lindsay peeking out the car at the top of the Furkapass, 2,436m (7,992ft).
Furkapass, Switzerland.

Lindsay peeking out the car at the top of the Furkapass, 2,436m (7,992ft).

Furkapass, Switzerland.

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Hairpin on the Grimselpass, 2,165m.
Grimselpass, Switzerland.

Hairpin on the Grimselpass, 2,165m.

Grimselpass, Switzerland.

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It’s me, with the Matterhorn generating clouds as always!

Zermatt, Switzerland.

It’s me, with the Matterhorn generating clouds as always!

Zermatt, Switzerland.

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Looking down the valley from a hairpin on the Furka Pass. In the distance, the Grimsel Pass climbs to the right.
Furka Pass, Switzerland.

Looking down the valley from a hairpin on the Furka Pass. In the distance, the Grimsel Pass climbs to the right.

Furka Pass, Switzerland.

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The road zig-zags it’s way up to the Furkapass at 2,436m (7,992ft), as seen from the road climbing to Grimselpass.
Grimselpass, Switzerland.

The road zig-zags it’s way up to the Furkapass at 2,436m (7,992ft), as seen from the road climbing to Grimselpass.

Grimselpass, Switzerland.

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Clouds streaming off the Matterhorn.
Zermatt, Switzerland.

Clouds streaming off the Matterhorn.

Zermatt, Switzerland.

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1 Year

A lot can happen in a year. The last 12 months have seen laughs and smiles, tears and heartache, problems and solutions, for us and those around us. There’s been IVF, with tests and injections and plastic cups. There’s been cancer, with chemo and wigs and operations. But through it all there’s been family and friends, work and travel.

Little did we know as we stood in the desert heat of The Empty Quarter that one short year later we’d have experienced everything we have and be standing, five and a half months pregnant, by the Matterhorn.

Here’s to the next 12 months…