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Published: July 25th 2011
My sister Sue, my nephew Brendan and niece Alyssa, and her mother-in-law Vovo came for a visit in the Spring following our move to Brussels. After a few days with us visiting sights in Brussels, we decided to drive through France to Switzerland and back through Germany and Luxembourg. We took my youngest sister Carol as far as Paris. Linda decided to stay home, as there wasn’t room in the car.
Upon our return from Switzerland, Linda had some great news for us. After digesting the news we visited Brugges, Belgium, and Keukenhof, Marken and Volendam, the Open Air Museum and Madurodam in Holland. Linda joined us for this later portion of our vacation.
16 May 1985 Thursday. Carol joined us for the drive to Paris where we dropped her off with friends. She joined us for the afternoon; touring the Ile de la Cite with the Notre Dame Cathedral; passing by the Louvre as the kids were not into art; then along the Champs Elysee to the Arc de Triomphe, the Palace de Chaillot and the Eifel Tower; before having dinner and spending the night there.
17 May 1985 Friday. We drove to Fontainbleu and then southeast
across France to Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, where we had lunch. Beaune is a quaint walled city, and its distinctive architecture is displayed in the colorful tiles of the Hospices de Beaune. We continued on back roads to Nyon, Switzerland on the north shore of Lake Geneva. We stayed at a farm house on the hills above the town. We walked around the White Castle and along the lake front before having dinner in this very pleasant town.
18 May 1985 Saturday. We drove along the north shore of Lake Geneva, stopping briefly at the Castle of Chillon, before heading to Gruyere and Bern and then turning southeast to Interlaken and finally to Stechelberg at the end of the Lauterbrunnen Valley. This is where Linda and I would often come on weekends from Boblingen. We arrived in time for dinner and a walk around the small village.
19 May 1985 Sunday. We caught the cog railway from Lauterbrunnen to Wengen and on to Kleine Scheidegg, where we disembarked for a five mile hike back to Wengen. The snow had not melted yet at this altitude. The kids were only three and five so they did very
well trudging through the snow and muddy trail. As we got to lower altitudes the snow gradually disappeared. We stopped frequently along the way to include a picnic lunch and there was some carrying involved, but we made a day of it, returning to our hotel in time for a schnitzel dinner.
20 May 1985 Monday. We drove north into Germany and along the Rhine River and across Luxembourg before returning late to Overijse.
Upon my return I found out the Linda had been ill, throwing up. She went to the doctor expecting to hear she had stomach cancer or something just as bad. Instead the doctor told her that she was pregnant. We had been married twelve years, and had not been able to have a child. We were stunned, but happy!
24 -27 May 1985 Friday through Monday (Memorial Day). I worked on Thursday as my committee met every Thursday On Friday we drove to Brugges and Ostende before swining north to Holland for the weekend. There we stopped at tulip gardens of Keukenhof, the miniature city of Madurodam near the Hague, to the Ijmeer fishing (Tourist) towns of Marken and Volendam, finishing with the
Open Air Museum near Arnhem.
It was great to have my sister and family with us for the great news!
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