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Monday, 20 August

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This has been a truly magical day.

We visited the highest accessible point in Europe by taking a train ride up the Jungfrau mountain and sledged in the snow as the sun beamed down on the glacier.

But perhaps more amazing than this was the fact that the Guides were up at 5.40am and having breakfast at6am- not a joke!

After a longish journey, we arrived at Lauterbrunnen where our train departed at 8.40am.

There was one change at Kleine Scheidegge and as we travelled to higher altitude the temperature dropped significantly and our ears popped.

We got out of the train twice to view the glacier from a special platform – it was dazzling as the sun bounced off the bright white ice.

At the top there were eight different stations to visit, including an Ice Palace, with sculptures and scenes carved into the glacier, a 360 degree panorama platform and the Snow Fun zone.

Summer became winter in the fun zone as the snow was deep enough to snowboard and ski. But we still had to slap on the sun cream and dig out the sun hats because it was really hot. The glare from the snow was really powerful.

Our bus drivers and Jeka travel rep had negotiated us a great deal on tickets, so we had enough money in the budget for the girls to go either tubing (gliding down the glacier on giant inner tubes) or sledging. Better snow and steeper runs than we ever experience inNorfolk!

Happy Birthday Sophie

As if we needed any more excitement today, it was also Sophie’s 14th birthday. She had presents, bunting, cake and lots of renditions of Happy Birthday to you – some tourists even joined in at the top of the Jungfrau when Sophie’s group were eating their packed lunches.

Sophie described it as a “10 out of 10” birthday – we couldn’t agree more.