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Europe » Switzerland September 18th 2010

Geo: 47.3667, 8.55Well, we got into Zurich and decided to do our laundry before finding a hotel. When we finally found the laundrymat it was a dry cleaners. What another dissappointment. We then went to the TI and checked out rooms. They said something about a convention being in town and the only rooms left in Zurich started at $750 a night! We asked if there was something in a nearby town. Luckily there was. We are staying in Wintherthur, which is about a 20 minute train ride from Zurich. We asked about laundry facilities in Winterthur and were told that there were no laundrymats, but the hotel would do our laundry for us. After we got the price list from them, we picked out a few items we really needed and let them do it ... read more
Clock tower in St. Peter's church
The river Limmat and Lake Zurich from a church tow
I saw this in a cloister!

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Atlantis September 16th 2010

Geo: 47.1411, 9.52148 Yesterday we got up and had breakfast and headed for the bus. We took the bus up to Malbun, and then the ski lift up to the top of he mountain. The weather was partly cloudy and cool. We looked around and took some pics and then Stacy rode the lift down and I hiked down the trail to the lift. It was about a mile and a half, all downhill. Boy, my legs were burning by then. I guess I need some more time on my elliptical. We got up this morning, jazzed that our bartender the night before gave us directions to a laundrymat. We drove over to Buschs and after several trys we found a laundry for an apartment, but it was locked. We were dissappointed, but knew that we ... read more
The trail I hiked down
Stacy on the chairlift to the top of the mountain
Us at the top of the chairlift

Oceans and Seas » Atlantic » Atlantis September 14th 2010

Geo: 47.1415, 9.52154 We finally found a place to do some laundry. Stacy came up with the idea to try a campground. Sure enough, they had a washer and drier there. We had to wait for someone else to finish their wash and then put in ours. It took a while to figure out how to work the machines, but we did it. Hooray, no naked American tourists! We then walked around St. Moritz for a while and then headed for Samedan. It is smaller than St. Moritz and cheaper, but more authentic. This morning, we left Pontresina and headed over the Fluelapass to Liechtenstein. We are staying for 2 nights. Hopefully we can take the bus to Mulban and catch a ski lift to the top of the mountain for a great view of Liechtenstein. ... read more
Stacy and friend in Samedan
oldest house in Vaduz, rock part built in 1100
Stacy and I with castle in background

Europe » Switzerland September 12th 2010

Geo: 46.4945, 9.90103We left Lake Lugano on Saturday and drove to Lake Como, which is back in Italy. We came to the town of Mennagio and stopped and looked around and had lunch. George Clooney wasn,t home at his Italian villa, so we headed north and stopped in the town of Gravedona. We were hoping for a laundry to be there, but it was not so. Maybe at the next stop. We found a TI and asked about rooms, but they were not very helpful, so we went out on our own and found a nice place for 1 night. It was called the Hotel Laura. We also had dinner in their restaurant. It was very good. Got to love that Italian food. This morning, we left to go to St. Moritz area. It is high ... read more
Stacy by Lake Como
Check out that knocker!
From the top of the Funicular

Europe » Switzerland September 10th 2010

Geo: 46.0036, 8.9534Here we are in beautiful Lugano. We found the TI and they got us a room at AL Boccalino in Melide, which is a suburb of Lugano. It was cold and rainy when we got here, but the next morning was bright and sunny. We had a fantastic lightning show over the mountains on the first night. We got up and took the train to Lugano Paradiso, then took the funicular up to the top of the mountain. There is a church there and you can go to the top of the church and have a 360 degree view of Lake Lugano, the city, and all the way to Milan. After that, we got back on the train and went into Lugano and did a walking tour of the old city. We stopped for ... read more
Lugano frm the top of the church
In old town Lugano
Church in Morcote from boat

Europe » Switzerland September 8th 2010

Geo: 46.0036, 8.9534Well, here we are in Lugano. We arrived today after an hour drive in the pouring rain. Right now it is pouring, with thunder and lightning. We walked around in Verbania yesterday in the rain and even with raingear and umbrellas , we still got wet. We couldn't see alot either. The clouds are very low, so we can't see the hills and towns around the lake. But, it is supposed to clear up tomorrow, and be sunny for the next 3-4 days. We hope to get some great pics when the weather clears up. Here are some more pics that we took of Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn and Zermatt that I finally found. Also a few more pics of Verbania.... read more
Us with Mont Blanc in the background
From the town of Mount Blanc
In Zermatt

Europe » Italy » Piedmont » Verbania September 6th 2010

Geo: 45.9215, 8.55156Well, we made it to Italy. The right front wheel didn't fall off. We found the Renault dealer about 5 km from Sion. He didn't speak any English, but somehow I convayed to him that I thought the right front suspension was loose. I went over and shook the wheel, which I did before, and it didn't budge. He looked at it and said it was fine, at least I think that is what he said. So we left and went over the Simplon Pass. It is al long and twisty road up and then down into Italy. The car felt fine, except for a clunking in the front. Oh well, as the French say, c'est la vie! We found a hotel all by ourselves and went in search of the only laundrymat in ... read more
Stacy at bar
town below
The Matterhorn

Europe » Switzerland September 6th 2010

Geo: 46.2324, 7.35849We picked up our car and headed out into the French countryside. It is very green and hilly. Our ar looks real cool. We stopprd at Mont Blanc, which is the tallest mountain in Europe. We went up a ski lift to get a good view. Then we drove to Sion to find a room. Some hotels were full , but we found one and checked in. This is a cute little town. The next morning, we headed outto Zermatt. It was about an hour drive to get there. You hve to park your car in Tasch and take a train to Zermatt. We then got on a lift to go to the top of a smaller mountain to view the Matterhorn. At the top people were skiing. It was freezing! The next day ... read more
Castle in Sion
tiered vineyards
old town

Europe » Switzerland September 2nd 2010

Geo: 46.2038, 6.13996We arrived in Geneva after an hour delay in Washington, due to a faulty a/c unit on our plane. They found another plane at another gate and off we went. Sleeping on the plane didn't go very well for either of us. We arrived in Geneva about 9:30AM. We took a cab to our hotel and found out that I had made the reservation for the day before! Luckily, they had rooms available. Of course, some poeple would call it a large closet, rather than a room. It has an RV style bathroom. But it is comfortable. We checked in and promptly took a nap. After we got up and unpacked, we went donstairs to find out how we could get to downtown Geneva. The only way is to take a cab(40 Swiss francs). ... read more
house in the park with the pickpocket
the church steeple
United Nations

North America » United States » California August 28th 2010

Geo: 38.6262, -121.325Hi, everyone. We are all packed up and ready to go. We pick up a rental car tonight at Sac. airport and tomorrow we drive to San Francisco after lunch with Rob Samantha and Kayla. We are spending the night by the airport and our plane leaves San Francisco at about 8:00AM. We have a layover at Dulles airport in Washington, DC. Then on to Geneva. We should be landing in Geneva on Tuesday morning. Hopefully, we can get some sleep on the plane. We will be spending 3 days exploring Geneva, then we get our car and head out on our own. We have Tom(Tom) with us for guidance on the roads. The next blog will contain pics.... read more

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