The MGB narrow gauge train to Zermatt was very comfortable but somehow managed to lose four minutes on schedule and I don't know why. The line climbs most of the way along a valley with small villages with distinctive stone roofs. The stone is similar to slate but much thicker, over an inch. The single track line is very busy and we made a number of meets.
|A typical farmstead
The views from the Gornergrat train are amazing. It starts with the climb above Zermatt where the automobile is banned and then through quiet mixed forest with mainly coniferous trees. Then the Matterhorn comes into view and seems to dominate our attention. We rise above the tree line and there is a large expanse of brown grass or vegetation with patches of snow. Rising higher, we could see several glaciers. At the summit the main thing to do is to look at the scenery - unless you like to shop.
|The Matterhorn dominates everything
While making our way towards the summit Mary spotted an ibex sitting in the sun on a ledge in plain view. We wondered at first whether it was a stuffed animal but it was certainly alive and allowed us to take plenty of photographs. Most people missed it because it was very well camouflaged. Its hide being very similar to the color of the rocks. Apart from the Matterhorn, the ibex was the highlight of the summit.
There were a large number of black birds flying around the summit, they had yellow beaks and red legs. These were Alpine Choughs.
|Rosti (potato pancake) with veal sausage and onion sauce
|Rosti with egg and bacon
Afterwards we walked a little through Zermatt. Only electric vehicles are allowed and the whole place is a pedestrian area in effect. The entire town is given over to tourists and is not the sort of place where we would linger.
|Typical stone slab roof
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