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Travellers‘ trails A Victorian party visits Switzerland in 1963

The centenary of Thomas Cook’s first trip to Switzerland in 1853 was celebrated with a costumed reconstruction, based on the diary of Jemima Morrell, one of the original participants, and featuring amateur actors from Britain.

A film of their trip was shown on Swiss television at the time. In these edited highlights, with the original music, the travellers cross the Gemmi pass (and indulge in a snowball fight, as related by Miss Jemima), visit the Staubbach Falls, and are carried up the Rigi mountain near Lucerne, where they got up early to admire the sunrise – a tourist must at the time. (SRF/

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