We awoke in Zermatt and took the Gornergrat Bahn up to see the Matterhorn. The Fates were with us, and the sky above the Alps was crisp and clear. We had a perfect view of the Matterhorn. At the Gornergrat overlook, we had our photograph taken with some cute St. Bernards. Amy, Mom and I opted to hike down to the next station and it was lovely. We had breathtaking views of the Matterhorn, glaciers and the valley. There were all kinds of tiny colorful flowers poking out between the rocks and a pretty, still lake.

Back in Zermatt, Amy and Laura left to meet their guide for a mule trek to the next town. Aunt Pat, Mom and I walked to the Mirabeau Hotel for our spa appointments. While we waited we were served wine and chocolates. Mom and Aunt Pat had massages and I had a facial (my first!). Afterwards I had the goats’ milk cream and lavender blossom bath in the copper bathtub in this large stone-floored room with views of the lawn and surrounding Alps. You can see a photo of it on the webpage linked above – it was heavenly. The water stayed so hot and afterwards I was sooooo relaxed. I got to soak for longer than scheduled because at that time of day we were the only people at the spa.

After my soak I emerged and found Mom and Aunt Pat similarly noodle-ized. We floated our way back to our hotel and relaxed with some wine while we waited for Amy and Laura to return and de-mule themselves. We walked around the corner and had dinner at a Chinese restaurant; by this point in the trip we were a bit tired of meat and potatoes.