Aunt Maria is my mom's twin sister so it is always cool and a little weird when I see her. The only real difference is their hair color! We had everything we needed at her house, our own room, living room and bathroom; but they also had cats that happened to kick our allergies into high gear. A combination of staying out doors, some clean sheets and moving the bed into a tile room did the trick so we powered through it. We started off with a Swiss lunch on their patio, some fruit and cheese frittata-esc things (no egg), and then headed to Burgenstock for a scenic walk on a mountain overlooking the lake. On top of being the location for the 1968 movie James Bond Her Majesty's Secret Service
it is a place that people of high stature are taken to be wowed of Switzerland's beauty. Ashlyn gathered up all her courage and rode the glass elevator to the tippy top of the mountain, in her defense they say that the actor that played James Bond was shaking on it as well. At the top of the mountain we had hot chocolates and soaked in the view.
On one side, the Alps half snowed on and half still covered with beautiful fall colors and on the other a huge lake reflecting the boats and houses that sat on it. It was breathtaking! The sun started to set behind a big mountain in Luzern so we started to head down the mountain this time taking a different trail.
We had to hurry because once the sun goes down the temperature drops quickly. We had a great dinner with the whole family (minus one), Thomas, Maria, Jorel, Olivia and Aragon. The youngest Jetero, is going to school in England. It's always nice to have a home cooked meal in the midst of traveling. The next day most of us headed to Luzern for their shopping, old town medieval scenery and quaint river bridges.
We walked up a tower that once was the barricading wall that defended Luzern. From the top we could see all of Luzern.
After a late lunch/early dinner the whole family grabbed our swim suits and headed to the biggest indoor water park in Switzerland, Apamare. This park had tons of tube slides. They would open up when you were outside, but close again and end back indoors (must be really cool when it is snowing). The lazy river was the fastest we had ever seen and the wave pool was waist high and strong enough to bodysurf. There were two big and warm pools outside, it was just cool enough that you could see the steam rise from them. We relaxed in the iodine pool (good for the joints), and enjoyed the underwater music in the main pool. It was a lot of fun and peaceful at the same time. The next day Ash and I left the big bags and hopped on a train to Interlaken for the day. There we rented a scooter and rode it up to Stechelberg and took a gondola to Murren. Murren is a tiny village where it seemed as if time stood still. We decided not to pay the ridiculous amount ($100 each) to get all the way to the top but if we had there was a revolving restaurant and another James Bond
We went about half way and the mountains were majestic and beautiful from where we were. None of our pictures do the scenery justice. After we rode the scooter around town, did some window-shopping and ate some fondue. The train ride back flew by and we slept well that night. It felt good to sleep in the next day and we spent it walking around the little nearby town of Zug.
Aunt Maria, Uncle Thomas and the family prepared a traditional Swiss dinner for us called Ratcled that composed of melting cheese on baby skillets and pouring it over buttered potatoes, with special seasoning, baby corn, baby pickles and cherry tomatoes. We finished it off with a yummy Swiss dessert, ice cream and grape cider. It was a great final meal in Switzerland before jumping on the overnight train to Amsterdam.
Ash: Our time in Switzerland flew by and it was sad to say goodbye, we look forward to your visit...for real Olivia! :)
From Liechtenstein to anywhere was 25 minutes, so after a 30 min. train ride we were being picked up by my Aunt Maria and my cousin Olivia. The train ride was actually two hours but we like to make fun of any country smaller than Yuma.