We arrived at the Swiss border after a short thirty minute drive. We knew from our research we had to buy a vignette which enables you to drive on the toll roads for twelve months and must be displayed on the windscreen. We crossed the border and with more luck than good management we ended up in the correct lane and were stopped by two female French speaking border guards.
One slapped the sticky vignette on my hand and and I think asked for money. I handed over 40 euros with the other woman waving me on. They were both scary women with boots and a uniform, so we exited with vignette in hand , and guessing there was no change.
Already we had learned several things:
1. Do not to take a car to a city in Switzerland
2.Observe the road rules, particularly speeds as this is not France, fifty means fifty, not seventy !
Heading for Thun the snow covered mountains were looming closer and closer as we drove through a valley with grapes growing on the slopes and apple trees on the flatter ground. Beautiful vistas were all around us, as we both comment positively on our first foray into Switzerland.
Next we headed for Faulensee about a 15 kilometre drive. This is where we will be spending our week in Switzerland.
We turned off into a narrow street that wound its way up the side of the hill. All the houses here are of the chalet type design and have lovely gardens giving the impression of a wealthy area.