We were married 3 December 1983 in San Pedro, California, but decided not to go on our honeymoon “proper” until after Christmas. Robert planned out the itinerary well in advance – and you have to remember this was before everyone had email and well before the world-wide web…taking us to Switzerland (Zurich, Interlaken, Grindelwald in the Bernese Oberland), Germany (Munich), and Austria (Innsbruck). It was Liza’s first trip to Europe, and it was…magical! And also really, really cold for a California girl.
Robert had wanted all along to go to Grindelwald, but couldn’t initially get reservations. Then the travel service at USC contacted him and said there was a place available…the Hotel Silberhorn. When we arrived at the Grindelwald train station, we found a direction sign for the hotel…in blue letters and in Hebrew. Big clue! We were staying at the only kosher hotel in Switzerland – they made an assumption based on our last name – but it was a great experience and we were happy they made room for us!
Other great experiences on this trip…seeing a world cup ski-jumping competition in Innsbruck, getting sick on “bad Speck”, Robert going out into the snowy night to get Liza some medicine (with his coat on over his pajamas – luckily the policeman he ran into didn’t arrest him, but took him to a night pharmacy), cross-country skiing outside Munich with great friends Hans and Lisa Prugger, seeing the marionnette theatre in Salzburg, visiting King Ludwig’s castle Neuschwanstein, a day trip to Oberammergau, enjoying Glühwein and Graukäse …
Photos from this trip, scanned in from negatives only 35+ years later, follow. Click any photo for a larger version and to optionally start a slide show. You can also read Liza’s trip journal.
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