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Meeting Miss Morrell

It was an historic meeting. In an historic hotel. Miss Jemima Morrell travelled back to Switzerland, exactly 150 years after her first visit to meet her great, great nephew John Morrell, in the atmospheric surroundings of the library of the Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria in Kandersteg...

Miss Morrell, (aka Helen Mort) is in Switzerland as part of Switzerland Tourism's anniversary celebrations and is one of seven members of the party recreating the journey made by Jemima Morrell in 1863.

There were seven members of Miss Jemima's original group in 1863 and so we became the seven intrepid explorers – though in rather more comfort – in 2013.

walking holidays in SwitzerlandSo far, we've enjoyed a tour of Sion, wine tasting near Sierre, a sumptuous seven-course dinner based on a menu Jemima sampled in 1863, plus indulged in a champagne breakfast in the hot spa pools in Leukerbad. We then clambered aboard the cable car for the journey up the dramatic Gemmi Pass – though we were one member short. Living up to her Victorian alter ego, Miss Mort, our plucky 'modern-day Jemima', decided to walk up the pass which she did in a very respectable one hour and twenty minutes. Admittedly, she had the advantage of the modern walking boots, micro fleece and gortex but it's still a feat worthy of note and one which, I am sure, Miss Jemima would have whole-heartedly approved.

walking holidays in SwitzerlandWe met her at the top and set off on the walk to the remote Schwarenbach Hotel where a delicious and welcome lunch awaited. Waiting here too, was a horse and small one-seat carriage, and Mrs Morrell, wife of Jemima's great, great nephew John, was granted the privilege of riding down the valley (above) to the cable car which would then take us down to the village of Kandersteg and the Belle Epoque Hotel Victoria, where we were warmly greeted by host Mimi Platzer (left). The Victoria is a long-time Inntravel favourite and when I met Mimi I knew why. Nothing was too much trouble - she even helped serve dinner - and everything was done with a big, big smile.

The magnificent seven are John and Margaret Morrell (descendants of Jemima), Paul Smith (archivist at Thomas Cook), Miss Mort (as Miss Jemima), Diccon Bewes (author), Heidi Reisz (Switzerland Tourism) and Peter Williamson (aka me) of Inntravel.

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Posted: 24/06/2013 06:55:56 by | with 1 comments
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Helen Mort
Great blog, Peter! I'm not sure about the strange woman in the blue dress though...

Yours Victorian-ly,
26/06/2013 23:11:17

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