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Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Zürich » Zürich March 4th 2015

Just 2 more nights and then we will leave for 3 months with our backpack. The trip is long in the making, but we are pretty much ready. Bags are mostly packed and the apartment is ready to hand over for the sublet. We'll try to keep this blog up to date with interesting things we may experience and perhaps a photo now and then. Don't fear for our lives if we don't post for a while: we might just be enjoying ourselves too much, or be without internet; or both :D... read more

Europe » Switzerland » North-East February 24th 2015

Hi Everyone, I'm pretty much settled into a routine now during the week (similar to last week but with less alcohol), so I'll just jump straight to the weekend destination of... Zurich - the largest city in Switzerland, and an excellent place to watch police hose soccer rioters. Planning Stage: We'll just show up and Google things I jumped in on a trip with Nathan (Canadian), Brendan (Australian), and Sean (another Australian). I think we picked Zurich because the Aussies wanted to see snow. We did some looking around on Tripadvisor, but overall just bought tickets and a hotel, then crossed our fingers. It worked well :-) Friday: That costs how much??? We showed up on Friday night and quickly found out that Switzerland is the most expensive country in the world. A hot dog will ... read more
Our morning view 2
Random Slingshot in a park
Mountain top Panorama

Europe » Switzerland February 22nd 2015

De retour en Suisse, c'est l'heure de faire le bilan et de réfléchir à ce qu'on retiendra vraiment de ce voyage de 4 mois en Amérique du Sud. D'abord, quelques listes. Notre Top 4 (parce qu'on n'arrive pas à choisir un top 3): Alex: 1. Cap Horn 2. Machu Picchu 3. Carretera Austral 4. Amazonie Elba : 1. Machu Picchu 2. Amazonie 3. Torres del Paine 4. Carretera Austral Après les Top, les Flop: 1. Le trek aventure à El Calafate 2. Huacachina 3. Mendoza 4. Chiloe Le Top 4 de la nourriture: 1. Le ceviche 2. La cazuela et les soupes 3. Le cuy 4. La parillada Le Top 4 des boissons: 1. Les limonades 2. Les jus de fruits frais (maracuja, fraise, etc) 3. Les bières artisanales 4. L'Inca Kola Quelques regrets: - avoir ... read more
Fini la baroudeuse!
Merci les voisins
Merci les autres voisins

Europe » Switzerland » North-West » Aargau » Muri February 5th 2015

Translated to English this title means, 'And there is also something going on in Switzerland'. It was many, many, many years ago that I heard this sentence uttered on our car radio as we were stuck in a traffic jam to end all traffic jams. We were on our way down to our ski-resort near the Italian border. The DJ had just reported on the chaos taking place on the German roads, as half of Europe was descending on the Alps, when he spoke those unforgettable words. The 'something' which was going on in Switzerland at that moment was a queue of non-moving vehicles from the Swiss-German border all the way down to Italy. My mum, I recall, was not amused. Especially not with three noisy kids in the back seat making her life even more ... read more
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Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva January 13th 2015

When my friend and his wife came to visit me in France I took them around several places, and also to Switzerland which borders France. From where I lived it was easy to travel to Geneva a beautiful city in Switzerland. It's not often that one has to act the role of tour guide, but that's what happened to me when my friend and his wife from the United States came to visit me when I was living in France. It was a pleasant encounter as I had lost contact with him for over 40 years. I didn't even recognize him when I went to pick them up at the railway station in Bourg en Bresse (the French city where I lived at that time). They were coming in from Paris. and when the train stopped ... read more
Bourg-en-Bresse, France.
Bourg-en-Bresse, France
St Julien, France

Europe » Switzerland » South-West » Geneva December 31st 2014

well, better late than never! 2 groovers got lost in the really bad snow storm in Geneva. What a journey! We were on the 7am bus from Annecy France to go across the Alps to Geneva. Although its only 35 mins away, the journey on bus should have taken 1hr 20 mins max. So 2.5 hours later we arrive. The journey was interesting to say the least. Firstly, it was the first of winter snow, and a snow storm we had. Speed was limited to about 40klms, you couldn't possibly do more. Visibility....limited!...We were buffeted from left to right, the journey was not one I'd like to repeat. At one point, we were coming around a bend from one road to another, and a truck had pulled over, due to lack of vision. We should have ... read more
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Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Zürich » Zürich December 18th 2014

This is the first trip to Zurich for all of us, even Herve. It was Lauren's request to come. Zurich is a very charming town, Sophisticated, worldly, chic and sweet. I feel quite daggy in Zurich as since everyone else seemed so chic and well put together. The stores, the streets, the boutiques, the tram, the chocolates and every Swiss clichéyou can think of is elegant, sophisticated and well-designed. On the first day we walked around the Old Town, where all the building are old yet seem new because of how well kept they are. The streets are spotless and there seems to always be some machine or person cleaning up. There are no homeless people (big change from America) and everyone looks affluent and stylish. One new ... read more
Flying in to Zurich on Swiss Air
Zurich
Window Shopping

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Zürich December 17th 2014

Not exactly a travel blog entry... CONGRATULATIONS to Lauren for her awesome effort to get an ATAR of 98.8 and band 6 for every subject so also 'All rounder" She is fairly sure she will continue with her idea of biomedical engineering at Sydney uni although not entirely sure. She's very happy and excited. :)... read more

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Kreuzlingen December 14th 2014

Mountains, hills or streets were our choices for today. The weather looked a little dicey and since we had not been to Konstanz on the Bodensee we opted for that choice. A train journey is often better than taking a car and finding a park so the car was parked a little out of St Gallen and we used the train from there to Kreuzlingen and walked along the lake front, over the border to Germany and into Konstanz. There is no physical definition other than a sign. The Swiss people like to go there because German goods are much cheaper than in their own country. The lake is quite nice and would even be nicer on a sunny day with leaves on the big trees all around. Konstanz had a Christmas Market happening by the ... read more

Europe » Switzerland » North-East » Sankt Gallen December 13th 2014

It was mostly a travel day today on the 3 hour return journey from Celerina via Thussis, Chur and Sargans to St Gallen. We arrived in St Gallen at 1.30 to be met by our friends Bruno and Gertrud. After a settling in and a cup of tea we bussed back into St Gallen for a Christmas concert given by several hundred school children, aged 6 to 12, from schools around the city. Bruno and Gertrud’s grandchildren were in the choir which made it more personal. What a wonderful concert! There was an excellent orchestra and conductor and the children sang a range of Christmas songs from various countries like Switzerland (of course), South America, Israel, England and the USA. By all accounts this afternoon was the first time they had actually practiced as one full ... read more
St Gallen's cathedral and Christmas tree
Christmas light display in St Gallen's town centre




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