Published: June 4th 2012June 4th 2012
A view of the Matterhorn.
Well, I don't know where the last two weeks have gone. I can't believe that I am sitting at the computer, typing this blog and it is already June 4th. There is under a month to go in the school year and then it will be summer holidays. The days seem to be dropping like flies.
I guess that time goes by more quickly when one stays busy. My parents returned from their Croatia tour May 17th and since then, it has been a whirlwind. Over the last weekend of May, we went with my parents to the town of Zermatt. This is where you need to go if you want to see the Matterhorn. The Matterhorn has partly made Switzerland famous and if you have ever eaten a Toblerone bar, then you have seen the Matterhorn on the box. It is a little bit bigger in real life though.
During the majority of our time in Zermatt, it was beautiful. We had such clear views of the Matterhorn. We were blessed because not everyone is able to see the Matterhorn so clearly. Zermatt was a neat town to visit because there are no cars allowed driving in the
town. They only have electrical vehicles that are permitted in the town. My parents knew this, however, after plugging in the hotel address into their GPS, they followed the little lady all the way to Zermatt. They were in for a rude welcome! They were welcomed by a police officer who was going to give them a ticket for attempting to drive in Zermatt. Luckily they got out of it and didn't have to pay anything.
Once we were in Zermatt, we took a little train up to Sunnega Paradise. From there, we were able to do some hiking around. We also found a playground where the kids could play. We did a fair bit of hiking and Isabelle did great. She had to use one of our hiking poles and pretend that she was a mountain woman. Afterwards, Avery, the kids and my dad returned to Zermatt and mom and I did a little hiking further up. We saw a flock of some type of sheep and when I was walking around scoping things out, I was able to get pretty close to a marmot. Too bad that I didn't have my camera with me. I really enjoyed
the Zermatt region and I fought that it had a rugged beauty.
Wednesday, May 30th, dad and I were able to play a game of golf in France. We played at the Jiva Hill Golf Club. It was fun and now we can say that we have golfed in France. We had originally planned to play at St. Jean de Gonville. This looked like a nice course. We showed up at 4:05 pm. I got a tee time for 4:50 pm and we paid. We then needed to go to the next building and rent some clubs. However, we weren't allowed to rent clubs because the club rental place closed at 6:00 pm and we wouldn't have been done our round in time. Plus, the clubhouse closed at 6:00 pm as well. Dad and I were shaking our heads in disbelief. That would be the day that a golf course in Canada closed its clubhouse at 6:00 pm on a beautiful warm day.
We, however, were undeterred. We found the Jiva Hill Golf Club and decided to give it a try. The head pro was kind and helpful. The only problem at this course. The tee boxes and
greens were synthetic. This means that we had to tee off of a golf mat and put on a golf mat. The greens were big enough, but your putts rolled to the next century. The best part of the day was golfing with Isabelle and dad.
I am writing this blog while Avery and the kids are still in Spain. They are probably sitting down to eat supper for the wedding of Ryan and Lisa. We arrived in Barcelona Friday, June 1st. I flew back to Geneva Sunday, June 3rd. I was in and out of Barcelona like a fiddler's elbow!
We spent Saturday in Barcelona and enjoyed what we saw. We saw the church that was designed by Gaudi and then we went to a Spanish village that was walled off and had most of the different building styles from all over Spain. I really enjoyed the Gaudi church. It was so unique - unlike the other old churches that I have seen. I liked the sculptures that were on the outside of the church.
Saturday evening we made our way to Sitges and then to Olivella. This is where Avery's family rented a villa for
the wedding. We were fortunate enough to be able to stay at the villa with family and friends. It was a beautiful place with magnificent scenary. Most importantly, it had a pool. This is all that Isabelle and Myles cared about. I wasn't even at the villa for one whole day and I was in the pool twice with Isabelle and Myles.
The time spent at the villa was relaxing and I was able to go on a little hike to the ruins of an old castle on a hill. From this castle, I was able to get a good view of the village of Olivella. It is true that this was a beautiful setting for a wedding.
So, here I am, alone. It is not bad being alone, it is just weird being alone in Switzerland. This year, the kids, Avery and I have done so much travelling together that it feels weird that I am not with them in Spain. I came home from work today and it was dead quiet. No laughing, crying or screaming! I look forward to Wednesday when I make my way back to the airport to pick them up. I miss
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