It wasn't a brilliant sunny day, but the air was clear enough to see it all. Immediately below were some of the villages belonging to Solothurn country and further in the distance was the Bernese Overland in all its glory. I could go into detail about which peak was which, but suffice it to be said that the Jungfrau, Eiger and Mönch are amongst them. They seem to be quite near, but it would be at least a 2 hour drive to reach them. The motorway begins in Solothurn and then crosses the town of bern about 40 minutes later. From Bern you take the road to Interlaken which is the gateway to the Bernese Overland. We spent many summer holidays in the area when the children were still children, usually renting a chalet somewhere in one of the villages, Grindelwald, Adelboden or Gstaad.
Mr. Swiss was lucky enough to grow up in this area, in the village of Niederwil, which we passed on the way. The central school was in his village and in Winter some children arrived on skis from the villages of Balm and Günsberg.
We eventually departed from the heights, dropping in on the shop on our way home. We didn’t need any whisky, beer or vodka to get drunk, we were elated enough from the wonderful views we had.