After we left the canonization, Dom and I hopped on a plane and flew to Zermatt, Switzerland!
After a few hours of elbows and shoulder blades jabbing each other, limbs falling asleep and the sweet sound of strangers snoring, we got up and started the 6 hour drive to Zermatt!
Besides that one point where Dom tried to kill me, the drive to Zermatt was incredible. It was all back roads through the mountains, and we felt like we were traveling through a postcard the entire way. You can get between the two cities much quicker, but we decided to take the long way and enjoy.
That meant stopping for pictures pretty much every turn.
And when we got hungry? There was a restaurant on the top of one of the mountains for us to eat at and overlook the incredible mountain range we were surrounded by.
When you drive in, you park your car about 15 minutes away and take a train in the rest of the way. The whole city is so tiny and relaxing. We spent hours just walking along the main drag slipping into the coffee shops, restaurants, and shops. We were only there 2 and a half days but we could have easily stayed there the whole week! From the roof of our hotel you could look down on the whole city from one side, and the Matterhorn from the other. The roof became our favorite spot.
On our second day, Dom wanted to ski the Matterhorn! As scared as I was, it turned out to be the most perfect day. The skiing was intermediate level, so I was just fine. Even if the skiing were too advanced, I would have just sat on top of the mountain and stared. I've skied mountains before, but never have I been at the complete top of the ALPS and looked around to realize I was eye to eye with the summits of every other mountain around me. It was unreal and incredible. It was also hard to breathe, so we took it pretty easy.
Even better was the restaurant at the top! This was not your typical ski lodge restaurant. We were skiing the Italian side that day, and this was a serious Italian restaurant. The food was incredible, and so were the drinks! It was one of the best meals we had all trip, and the view was second to none.
*You can see a recap of our first week in Italy: Rome / Florence / Date with The Pope