Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Taking the Crooks Tour 3

At Interlaken, the girls changed trains and travelled up to Rosenberg and checked in at the Hotel Alpenblick, where they were greeted by the excitable hotelkeeper, Herr Diefenbacher. This jolly little man seems to be obsessed with the Eiger and has a collection of clippings about attempts to climb it, especially the north face that overlooks the hotel. Unlike most of the other places mentioned in the book, Rosenberg is a fictional village. In Susan and Friends, Beverley Garmston pinpoints it as being Grindelwald in disguise. However, the girls also pay a visit to Grindelwald. Rosenberg, therefore, is Ricky, Julie and Fay's equivalent of what St.Brioc had been for Caroline and Sara: their own little corner of the country they are visiting. The picture is a postcard of a view of the Eiger from Grindelwald and is probably what the girl's saw while listening to the breathless description of the mountain by Herr Diefenbacher. The photo is a link to a mountaineer's account of adventures in the 1960s, which you can read by clicking here. The picture below shows the area from a different angle and makes the mountain appear even more impressive. This pictures is a link to All-Free-Photos, which you can access by clicking here.