Benazir Bhutto expresses her distrust when she said, “I’ve never had a bank account in Switzerland since 1984. Why would the Swiss do this to me? Maybe the Swiss are trying to divert attention from the Holocaust gold scandal. ” Gertrude Stein nonetheless shows her confidence, “In a war everybody always knows all about Switzerland, in peace times it is just Switzerland but in war time it is the only country that everybody has confidence in, everybody.”
Graham Greene is being sarcastic afterall, “In Switzerland they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock! ” Larry David follows suit, “Switzerland is a place where they don’t like to fight, so they get people to do their fighting for them while they ski and eat chocolate. ” Ernest Hemingway takes Greene rather seriously and replies in an artsy manner, “Switzerland is a small, steep country, much more up and down than sideways, and is all stuck over with large brown hotels built on the cuckoo clock style of architecture.”
Billy Connolly is curious, and so he blurted out, “I’ve always wanted to go to Switzerland to see what the army does with those wee red knives.” Herman Hesse is a convincing chap, “Until 1914 I loved to travel; I often went to Italy and once spent a few months in India. Since then I have almost entirely abandoned travelling, and I have not been outside of Switzerland for over ten years.” But Geraldine Chaplin partly dissuades, “It’s the change of rhythm which I think is what keeps me alive. In Spain I hear so much noise from my window that can’t stand it. In Switzerland it’s the lack of noise that drives me crazy. “
But I guess, F. Scott Fitzgerald said the most fitting statement the Swiss deserves, “Switzerland is a country where very few things begin, but many things end.”
These famous people might have said it all. Experiencing the life in Switzerland is really something else.
As Lonely Planet puts it, “If you could travel only one European country, which might you choose? Italy? France? Germany? How about a taste of three in one? That can only mean Switzerland!” True enough, Switzerland is a “complex country of cohabiting cultures.” I have been around the French side of the country for quite a long while now, so hopefully soon I could visit the rest. It must be easier to rely on this list of travel places in Switzerland from Lonely Planet. Let’s do a roll call.
These are the places that I have not visited yet:
- Central Switzerland & Berner Oberland
- Fribourg (Gruyères)
- Graubünden (Davos, Vals, Zuoz, Scuol and Guarda, Müstair)
- Northern Switzerland
- St Moritz
- Swiss National Park
- Ticino (Val Bavona, Monte Brè and Monte San Salvatore)
While I have been to:
- Lake Geneva Region (Vaud, Nyon, except Les Diablerets)
- Valais (Sion, Leukerbad, except Matterhorn and Val d’Hérens)
I’d feature more about these places on my next blog posts.
Or better yet, Lonely Planet’s top 15 picks for Switzerland can do the trick. Out of this list I have visited 3 out of 15 interesting places so far. Let’s revisit this list soon! Gosh, good luck for me then!