First time in Snow!!!!!!!!
Trip Start Mar 24, 2012
8Trip End May 25, 2012
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We spent 2 days at Lake Como which is in Italy but right on the border of Switzerland.
The place we stayed at was a guesthouse and the couple that ran it were soooo lovely
On the first day we hired a car and drove to the Swiss Alps. The whole family has never seen snow before so the car trip was very exciting. Everyone got very hyped at the first sight of snow. Before we left the owner of the guesthouse had told us he was unsure if we'd see much snow, so when we saw the little peaks of snow on the top of the mountains Aaron kept saying "Are you sure it's snow, maybe it's just white rock?" So of course the rest of the day we payed out on him. Everytime we saw snow the kids would be saying "oh there's some more white rock Dad". You'll see in the photo's just how wrong the owner of the guesthouse was. Snow everwhere!!! Yahooo
Kosha was absolutely classic. It was like he was born in snow, he was so full of energy all day. Running through snow and throwing it and screaming. He loved it!
We went through the most beautiful Swiss towns and stopped in St Moritz. We also stopped at a frozen lake and threw huge rocks onto the surface hoping to break through to the water. It was amazing how hard it was and funny watching the huge rocks bounce off the surface without the slightest crack to the ice. We went up a cablecar to the top of Bernina Range. When we got to the top it was a crystal clear sky but only 30 mins later the clouds rolled over the mountains and you could barely see them. We enjoyed a wine and beer watching the changing sky.
This area must have some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.
As much as I sound stupid to say it but I thought the snow would be softer or different to what it was
So, yes, Switzerland is the worlds largest snowcone!
On the way home we drove through some of the really cute towns alongside Lake Como. I didn't worry about taking pictures as I had planned the next day to explore around the Lake.
Unfortunately Brad was the slightest bit sick before we left that morning but as the day went by he gradually got sicker. He still got to enjoy the snow but ended up laying across the kids on the way home. When we got home he really sunk and the next day was totally wiped out, very very sick. It was also pouring rain so we just spent our time at the house for the day. The owners even offered for us to stay an extra day free because Brad was barely able to get out of bed and they also bought up medicine for him. They were unbelievably lovely.
We had a plane to catch the next morning though so we caught the train to Milan (close to the airport) late in the afternoon after the day of rest.
The church was just so pretty and the shopping centre, although that word makes it sound like Chermside Westfields but I can't think of another word for it, is so Grand. It is called Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and has all the top stores- Prada, Louis Vitton etc.
In the church there were glass tombs of priests. Their faces had masks and feet had shoes but their hands were exposed, all green and wrinkly.
The kids have started a new saying as we leave every place and they say it with such emotion. The first part really sad and the second part like excited lunatics,
So here goes- Goodbye Italy and HELLO GREECE