Hello! Long time no post and I’ve no good excuse. Spring has been slow in coming to Lausanne. We had a cold, rainy, sometimes snowy, end to Winter and the cold and rain haven’t quite left us yet. It has been warm and sunny the last few days but I’m afraid it is nothing but a tease as rain is in the forecast for all of next week. However, we’ve been well – happy and healthy – so it is difficult to complain.
Evan’s parents – Dean and Claudia – were here for ten days in March and we dragged them all over our part of Switzerland. We visited Zermatt (The town at the base of the Matterhorn. Unfortunately the Matterhorn was completely obstructed by the cloudy weather.), Lucerne (Where the snow kept us from a trip on the lake and a ride up Mt. Rigi.), Grindelwald (Where we rode a train up to “The Top of Europe” and were rewarded with excellent view of the mountains.), Gruyeres and the Cailler chocolate factory, Geneva, and Chateau Chillon. It was a bit of whirlwind trip with many train rides but we all had a good time and Evan and I were very happy to have them here. We also tried our hand at two Swiss dishes – Raclette and fondue. Both turned out very well, if I do say so myself. I’ve linked each place-name to our photos from the trip.
Since then we’ve stayed pretty close to home. I think we were both a bit burned out on train rides. However, last weekend we met up with Chayne and Kate again to visit the nearby town of Sion. Sion boasts not one but two castles – Tourbillon and Valere. The weather was warm and sunny and we enjoyed walking around both the old town and each of the castles. More photos of that trip can be seen here.
We don’t have any other big trips planned yet but are looking forward to Lausanne’s Carnaval which will take place the first weekend in May. We’re also beginning to think about where we’d like to travel this summer (possibly Amsterdam) and fall (Italy?). We’ll see – there are certainly many, many places to choose from!