We each got to choose a part of the trip, and our youngest wanted to do part of the Hardergrat trail above Brienz, which goes along the ridge line of the mountain with sheer drops off both sides. You can see the photo of her doing that dangerous trail in bad weather above; a 12″ wide trial with an abyss on either side. To make it worse, she had fog, sleet, rain, snow, and yes, a fleeting amount of sun.
Meanwhile, the rest of us enjoyed a day at Ballenberg, which I highly recommend. Near Brienz, they have pulled together 100 historic Swiss homes from the 13th to the 19th centuries, scattered on 50 acres, which you can go through. The whole open air museum was exceptionally well done, and it was fascinating to see how people lived so long ago.
I was particularly interested in the thatched roofs, and the homes where both house and barn were under the same roof. I also took many black and white photos here, because the historical aura and the chiaroscuro lighting lent themselves so well to it. I’ll show you those later.
We had a good food day too, and were grateful to rendezvous with a safe but exhausted daughter, on the shores of (gorgeously turquoise) Lake Brienz.