Swiss Peaks Offer NeW' Level o f A d v e n t u r e
Traveling with your eight daughters and daughters- in-law holds certain
advantages. One evening in
February, as Joy Bennett wound
down another exhaustive day of
sightseeing on the GAA's Swiss
Winter Escapade, she emerged
from the Victoria-Jungfrau
Grand Hotel and Spa in
Interlaken - happily tired, but
quite concerned about walking
to the restaurant where her
farnily wanted to eat.
What she saw when she
stepped outside made her forget
her worries. Her brood had
rented a horse-drawn sleigh to
take all of them on a half-hour
tour, with the restaurant-a
revolving culinary delight
perched on a mountain peak in
the Alps-as th.e final destination.
Joy Bennett, second from right, and family celebrated their seventh annual vacation
together with the GAA's Swiss Winter Escapade.
"She was so surprised," said
one of Bennett's daughters, Louise
McPartland."We went into the old part of
town and saw white Christtnas lights up, and it
was just gorgeous. I've been on a carriage ride in
Central Park before, but tllls was 100 percent
better. I guess it's because it was nighttime, and
everything seemed a little more magical."
It was the women's seventh annual vacation
together, and Bennett said it will henceforth
be known as "Lucky Seven," because they
unanimously voted it as the best trip ever.
With its promise ofsomething for every-
one, the GAA's Swiss Winter Escapade drew
the interest ofseveral "inter-generational"
members. A group of almost 70 participants
spent the week of Feb. 15-22 relaxing at the
Victoria-Jungfrau, overlooking the Bernese
Alps and the famous Jungfrau Mountain."It
was a beautiful, well-run hotel, with the pret-
tiest spa I've ever seen," said Bennett. "It was
great because there were so many things to do,
and you could walk to so many different
places." Among other luxuries, the hotel offered
an indoor golf, fitness and gymnastics center,
tennis courts, and sauna solarium, not to mention
a hairdresser, beauty center and physiotherapist.
But the best part about the hotel, according
to McPartland, was the dining opportunities.
Six restaurants offered diverse atmospheres and
settings, from the elegant Intermezzo Bar with
piano music each evening, to Cafe Grossen-
wahn, a disco nightclub that had more than a
few alumni leaping across its dance floors."We
ate at the most formal place in the hotel," said
McPartland."The waiters brought out our
food on plates with silver covers, and on the
count ofthree they pulled off the covers so we
could see our food. It was like, voila! It was a
Joy Bennett's husband, Bert Bennett' 49, is
her Tar Heel connection- but this excursion
was strictly girls-only. Joy first heard about the
trip from a friend who sent the travel packet
to her and encouraged her to go.
"It looked good, and the tiDling was right,"
said Bennett."A week is a perfect amount of
tinle to go on a trip." Her daughters also sup-
ported the idea, most ofthem excited about
the optional excursion to ski at Grindelwald.
"We had expected it to be really cold," said
Bennett."When we got to the slopes, we
looked like teddy bears, all bundled up. But we
were lucky-the weather was perfect."
The GAA also offered rrips to the Bernese
Oberland; Gruyeres; Brienz; Lucerne;
Freiburg, Germany; and Riquewihr, France.
The Bennett clan took advantage of the
excursion to Bern, Switzerland's capital. A
medieval city that has been preserved intact
and in its entirety, Bern offered ancient towers
and narrow cobblestone streets, a chinllng
clock tower and a Gothic cathedral dating to
1421."It was nice talking to UNC alumni
along the way," said McPartland."You could
always find a connection. Everyone always
knew someone you did. And it was nice meet-
ing new people, because you saw them later in
town and it was like having old friends in a
foreign country." Her mother added that she
enjoyed seeing her husband's friends, Horace
Stacy ' 56 and Joan Stacy ' 56, and talking with
them abont Chapel Hill. Carolina spirit didn't
stop there: On a basketball
game day, the Tar Heels were
the talk of the hotel, with
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