|Glass Blowers at work in Hergiswil Glass Factory|
July was a month to remember, as we were able to fulfill a life-long dream of mine, which was to return to my Dad's Homeland of Switzerland. I hadn't been there since I was 18, and after almost 40 years, we finally had the opportunity to fulfill the dream. It is a trip that I will cherish always, as I reconnected with my Swiss heritage. One of the stops on our visit was a glass factory. Russ tried his hand at glory-hole glass blowing for a bit, and we enjoyed touring the glass museum and even brought home the ball he blew, along with a commemorative glass plate. What a treat to see how they created glass in a big factory setting. We are so used to our Lamp-working Stations, it was a different experience to see the "heated" conditions these glass workers were blowing in.
|A very large glass factory in Switzerland|
|Glass gift shops and a museum are also part of the business|
|They work round the clock, using giant furnaces that generate the heat needed to melt glass.|
|A Portuguese gentleman helped Russ blow a glass globe.|
|Prepping the glass to be blown.|
|The finished product, taken home as a souvenir.|
|A commemorative glass plate we bought from the gift shop.|
The rest of the week was spent exploring the countryside, enjoying the intense beauty of the surrounding mountains and the teal-blue waters, which were fed by the massive glaciers. I also got to visit some relatives that still live in the area. My Dad has passed on, but I really felt his presence on this magnificent trip, and cherish my Swiss heritage.
|Scenic mountains and lakes adorn this beautiful country.|
|Quaint villages dot the countryside.|
|We spent as much time as we could hiking in the Alps.|
|Lauterbrunnen was on the way to Jungfrau, the tallest peak in Switzerland.|
|Inside the Jungfrau were some amazing ice caves, carved into the glacier.|
Reconnecting with one's roots does good things for the soul. These pictures are just a sampling of some of the spectacular scenery the small country of Switzerland had to offer.
Funny, how I said it would be "The trip of a Lifetime", but we are already scheming on how to go back when Russ retires.... Es ist so schön!