Zermatt – Snow, Beer and a Wedding: Part Two

The morning after the wedding consisted mainly of sleeping and snuggling in bed with Summer. Just after lunchtime, I was sat on the balcony in the glorious sunshine and realised I needed to do something whilst I was in this amazing place. Whilst I wasn’t ready to hit the slopes, I decided to go to the Museum and learn a bit more about Zermatt. It was actually really interesting (I’m not usually one for museums) and I’d definitely recommend visiting if you’re in Zermatt (it’s free if you have a Swiss Pass).

Me and Sums in the snow

The evening events were already planned out by the Bride and Groom and around 7.30pm we headed out of Zermatt on the cable cars for Furi with sledges in tow. After getting lost for a few minutes, we soon found our restaurant and I had my first experience of cheese fondue which was delicious and just what I needed. Following dinner we tobogganed back down to the resort in the pitch black! I tried to video as much as possible on my GoPro but the lack of light made it quite difficult. Despite some of the toboggan run being pretty much up hill, it was really good fun.

The next day (Wednesday) was my first attempt at skiing which was so monumental that it might have it’s own post! The afternoon was dedicated to a family trip up to the Glacier and Ice Palace. The views were breathtaking from the top and the Ice Palace was pretty cool too!

Views from the glacier, Zermatt

Views from the glacier, Zermatt

Inside the glacier

Nick and Sums inside the glacier

Inside the glacier

Ice Sculptures inside the glacier

It was after skiing that reality hit that it was almost time to go home again. The cousins set off for a day of skiing in Italy on Thursday and after a couple of episodes of Peppa Pig (another first for me on this trip), I decided to go off exploring on my own. I set off with my hiking boots and camera for a few hours of walking in the snow. The weather was amazing again so I made the most of it and stopped off along the way for a beer or two on some deck chairs as I watched the skiers whizzing past jealously.

The Matterhorn, Zermatt

Hiking through the woods in Zermatt

Hiking in Zermatt

When I reached Furi I stopped for a Gluwein and decided that it was time to go back down again. Coming back down was much easier and I was soon back at the chalet watching more Peppa Pig.

Some Japanese food and warm Sake with the family marked the last night of the holiday (it was also a welcome break from all the cheese, meat and bread I’d eaten over the past few days). We managed to squeeze in a quick hot chocolate before jumping on the train on Friday morning and we said our goodbyes.

The holiday was amazing and I would definitely recommend Zermatt as a destination, whether you’re travelling alone or as part of a group.

Zermatt – Snow, Beer and a Wedding: Part One

The Matterhorn, Zermatt

This week has been a week of trying new things, of doing things that I would never have dreamed of doing. It’s been a week of saying “why the hell not” and it’s been amazing. I’ve spent time with my wonderful family and met lots of lovely new people.

I’ve walked, tobogganed, stuffed my face, “skied”, chatted and got drunk. I’ve done so much in this last week that I haven’t had a chance to blog but I’ve had my trusty notebook with me which means that pretty much all of this week’s blogs are going to be about my holiday (or at least vaguely related).

Beautiful, snowy Zermatt

Highlights of the week have included skiing lessons, night time tobogganing, fondue, Raclette, sledging with my gorgeous baby cousin (well, second cousin) and of course, the absolutely stunning wedding that drew me to Zermatt in the first place.

I won’t bore you with the details but I set off for my aunty’s house straight after work on Friday. With all of the excitement and drama of packing (which apparently, my family aren’t very good at as I ended up with half of their stuff in my bag) we didn’t sleep on Friday night and set off for the airport in the early hours of Saturday morning. A short flight, almost four hours of Swiss trains and some very expensive wine later and we were finally in Zermatt. Zermatt itself is stunning –  a small town nestled into a valley with the Matterhorn towering above at one end. On the first night, we went out for drinks and I got to catch up with family members I haven’t seen for months and, in some cases, years. It was also a perfect opportunity to meet the rest of the wedding party and get to know new faces. In true Fairhurst style, after we had had drinks, I went out for dinner twice (although, I only ate once!)

Day two consisted mainly of sledging with little Joshie, but I don’t think he was too impressed because he just fell asleep in a very uncomfortable looking slouched position. We had hot chocolate and explored the town with the little guy in tow fast asleep. After two lunches and a nap (there’s a pattern emerging here) it was time for an evening of pre-wedding drinks with the girls and a very odd game of “Who’s in the Bag” – for those of you who have never played this game, go out now, buy it and play it as soon as possible, although not with my mum because she’s terrible at it!

The wedding chapel, Zermatt

Monday was the big day and easily the best day of the trip. The weather and the scenery were absolutely stunning as were the Bride, the Groom and Lucky the dog. The ceremony was lovely, set in a little chapel on the picturesque mountainside and we all did an excellent job of singing with no music which set an angelic, if somewhat northern tone! After the ceremony, we were treated to a drinks reception and a photoshoot with the dog.

Me, my cousin and Lucky the dog, Zermatt

Those guests who were skiing then skied to the next destination whilst the rest of us returned to resort level to catch another train up a different part of the mountain. After a bit of a trek (my Kili training/trip came in handy here), we had a delicious lunch in one of the most beautiful restaurants I’ve ever been to. After lunch we sat outside on the decking in the sunshine drinking coffee and watching the skiers go by. I could actually have sat there all day but there were other plans in place.

Monday was also the first day that I went to a bar on my own. As people left the lunch venue in different groups, we all reached resort level at different times. My mind told me to go home, have a nap and get ready for the evening party but my eyes saw a sign for Gluwein on the way back to my hotel and I didn’t get much further than that. I was joined by a lovely old man who just grinned creepily at me for the next hour or so, so that was nice!

Gluwein, Zermatt

The evening consisted of drinks, games, more drinks, cake, drinks, some dodgy dancing from the happy couple and Jagerbombs! According to my Aunty, Jagerbombs are very tasty and should be sipped rather than downed so that you can fully appreciate the flavour – try that next time someone orders a round of shots at the bar. After the shots and someone managing to sit on the wedding cake, it was clearly time to call it a night. The wedding day was absolutely fantastic and I wish my cousin and cousin-in-law a lifetime of love and happiness together.

The next morning was a bit of a write off but the rest of the week was fantastic so keep an eye out for the next post about the second half of the week.

Fabulous February

Woohoo! January is finally over! OK, January wasn’t actually too bad but the 1st February always feels full of hope. It brings a sense of relief that January is over and you made it through. There’s also that sense of achievement that you’ve kept your New Years Resolutions for a whole month and, if you managed that, there’s no stopping you now. Although February is much colder than January, February feels so much closer to spring which is SO exciting! I absolutely love spring.

February itself promises to be a good month. For a start there’s Valentines Day (yuk!) and then there’s the miserable cold, wet weather. Joking aside, my February looks like it’s going to be fabulous. I’ve made a good start on my Bucket List and, I have to say, writing down one thing that makes me smile and taking one photo every day is really making me appreciate the small things that happen – that lovely warm latte on a cold morning, a WhatsApp message from a friend you haven’t seen for a while, a roast dinner with your little sister. I’m really looking forward to what February will bring me to smile about.

For the time being, I’ve just been writing the things that make me smile down in my blogging notebook that I take everywhere with me but I was in Paperchase last week (yep, that’s another trip to my favourite shop!), I found these gorgeous sticky notes in the Valentines Day section of the shop.

Paperchase's finest

I bought them not knowing what I’d do with them but I’ve a brilliant idea that, at the end of this year, I’m going to write the things that have made me happy each day on them and put them all into a huge picture frame in a collage with some of the photos I’m taking each day. I think it will be a wonderful way to remind me of the small things that make me happy and to remind me that, even when I’m not writing the things that make me smile down, there will always be at least one thing each day that is worthy of a smile.

Totally in love with these sticky notes

In only 3 days I will be heading off on my first ski trip (which will be one thing I can tick off from my Bucket List). I’m going away without my husband for a whole week of snow, mountains, fresh air, coffee, hot chocolate, beer and some me time. That, and my cousin’s wedding! For the first time in years I’ve bought actual books made from actual paper (as opposed to e-books). I know I’m a massive geek, but I’m really looking forward to having some time to read whilst I’m away. I’m going to take my notebook and hopefully do a bit of writing too. I’m excited about all of the photo opportunities that I’ll have so I’m going to take my good camera as well as my GoPro for some action shots. To top it all off, I’m going to get some quality time with members of my family who I don’t see as much as I’d like to.

February's reading list

I’m also hoping that February will be a good month for the job hunt *fingers crossed* and also for the charities that I’m working with at the moment. The Raising Hope Foundation are finalising the dates for this year’s summer school and I’m hoping to start some fundraising elements of the Charity Apprentice with KOP.

Having written this post, I’ve noticed that I’m going to have lots of exciting blogs to post this month too which is nice as yesterday I was lacking motivation and inspiration so didn’t blog at all (forced blog posts are the worst!)

What are you looking forward to in February? Do you have a trip or holiday coming up? Maybe you’re about to start reading a new book too?

I’ll be sure to blog about my holiday in Switzerland once I’m home (although I’m hoping to do a couple of posts whilst I’m there too).