Today has been our longest day of travel on this tour. We have been riding across Switzerland and France for about 9 hours. Of course we stop every couple of hours and we had a lunch stop. We even left the motorway (as our tour host calls it) for some two lane roads through small villages through France. It does give you a chance to see the countryside.
Today started our as a rainy day. It was good that we left the Alps when we did because that rain was turning to snow and they were expecting several inches of snow by tomorrow. Off and on all day we had rain and then sun. It makes it tough to take bus pictures when rain is covering the windows but sometimes I like the effect.
The most striking thing about this drive is the call fields....beautiful yellow fields for ad far as you can see. I tried to capture pictures but it really doesn’t show the beauty of it all. Another interesting thing is the mistletoe that grows naturally in the trees. It is everywhere! Again I tried to get pictures to share!! You will see pictures of trees with
large, round balls of mistletoe hanging in the tree tops.
Once we arrive at our hotel we will have a short time to freshen up for dinner. Tonight’s dinner is Beef Burgoyne, a traditional French dinner.
Tomorrow we head to Paris. There is some concern because of the riots that have been going on there since November 2019. The yellow vests started rioting because of an increase in gasoline tax. Even though president macron has reversed that tax they are still rioting. The worst of the riots occur on the weekends...the very time we are to be in Paris. So we are hopeful that our day in Paris will not be troublesome and that we are able to avoid the yellow vest riots.
On another note, a popular item in Switzerland was the Swiss Army knife. Shealyn bought a small one especially for ladies. She decided to use it last night at our hotel and.....you guessed it...she cut her finger. It’s not a bad cut but I did tell her she could do commercials for Swiss Army knives to prove they really work!!
I’ve mentioned that traveling from country to country has its challenges. Learning the
interesting hand washing.....water in the middle....dryer on the outside edges
money system and language are the two oblivious challenges. Going to the bathroom is also one. Today we had no toilet seats. Sometimes it’s been unisex bathrooms where men and women share the same bathroom (private stalls). Some are paid restrooms.
Other challenges are different electrical current. Today we have to put our key card in a a lot by the door to get the electric to work in the room....lights included. When you leave your room and take your key card, you have no electric. Using your electric truck convert or or adapter can be a challenge also. Shealyn was trying to plug her adapter into the socket and didn’t have all the extensions closed so when she made contact with one of the plugs she got quite a shock. It has made her a little gun shy the rest of the trip!!
This trip is starting to wind down. We only have 4 more days remaining of the guided tour. It’s hard to believe that we have been in Europe 17 days not counting our air time!! It won’t be long before we head home. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s adventure!
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