The Alps are amazingly beautiful. The climate obviously helps keep everything green and lovely, but they're also not very tall mountains so the valleys are below the tree line. In Kyrgyzstan, the mountains are much, much taller and the mountain valleys often don't have trees in addition to Kyrgyzstan's being much drier.
It was nice to stay in a place with a kitchen because going grocery shopping is one of my favorite things to do in other countries. We have eaten a lot of spaetzle. Also, I made sure we stopped for döner yesterday.