After an early afternoon stroll in Colmar, we made our way to our final destination in the Bernese Alps of Switzerland.
Since the grocery store near our Airbnb in Wengen, Switzerland would close before our arrival, we made a quick stop in Basel to visit a supermarket. Normally I would say grab your groceries in France or Germany before you come on over to Switzerland, but stores in France were closed on this Sunday and we couldn’t find a German supermarket along the way. So yes we did pay 40 percent more for our groceries, but you can’t beat convenience and the sheer awesome nature of milk, cheese, and veggies at Swiss supermarkets.
Anyway after my parents finished grocery shopping, and I settled my giddiness of being in Switzerland with a Movenpick Carmelita Ice Cream, we sped on down to the Bernese Oberland area of Switzerland. More specifically, we teleported ourselves into the world of JRR Tolkien: the Lauterbrunnen Valley.
It was here in this very valley that Tolkien found the inspiration for the settings in his unforgettable work: the Lord of the Rings. One shot of this valley on my camera back in 2013 convinced me that there was a world out there, waiting to be photographed, and a setting of a fantasy novel, waiting to be discovered. This is perhaps the one place on Earth where everyone can feel like a master photographer. This place is so magical at every time of day, every season, in any weather that it completely annihilates the belief that there is such a thing as “bad light” in photography. It completely befuddles you that there can be so many natural and artificial elements coexisting within the confines of a single valley. Snow capped peaks, rolling green hills, meadows, cows, sheep, villages, and gargantuan waterfalls carving into the valley are all among its features. It’s the one true melting point for humans and nature. The one place where we can seemingly coexist.
Enough hype right? Here are 10 pictures of what I consider to be the most beautiful place on Earth and a vlog post on photographing the very same place:
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This is where I have to say that the world of points, miles, and booze can only take you so far. If you purely base every one of your adventures on where you can find hotels to redeem points on, you will most likely miss out on living in the landscapes of Tolkien or JK Rowling or whoever your favorite fantasy author is. Just remember that there is so much more to the world outside of what you think is possible. Seeing this place certainly broke my preconceived notion that landscapes are imagined not seen with our very own eyes.
The way this valley, this region, nay this country has warped and carved my imagination reality, truly makes visiting and photographing it the most beautiful experience in my life. I don’t think I have to get anymore touchy and feely with my words for you to know the obvious: I am madly in love with Switzerland (especially Lauterbrunnen).
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Hi my name is Teja, and I am an entrepreneur, travel writer, and photographer from Dallas. I’ve visited over 20 different countries within the last couple of years and I just can’t wait to board my next flight. Ever since I was a kid, I had an obsession for all things associated with travel whether it be airports, train stations, airplanes, cars, points/miles (of course), and even luggage (yes I really mean that). I am a pretty much a freakishly avid writer and so I write tons of stories, poems, reviews, and basically any kind of text. So feel free to say: stop ranting!
As a kid I wasn’t really much of a points geek because my dad was so good at it (and he still is – credit to him for getting me into this hobby). However as time passed on, he became busier with his work life and handed over the reins to me. I try to maximize the points I earn on every purchase made for my business, and our personal expenditure. Over the years we have used the points and miles from credit card bonuses and shopping to fly Emirates, Lufthansa, and many more airlines first/business class on our vacations. Hopefully, you as my readers can join us in having similar adventures!