Month: February 2018

  • Geneva Wrapup

    All in all, we had a great trip to Geneva. This is (for us) a once-in-a-lifetime type of family vacation. We were immensely grateful to have Emma there as our guide and interpreter. It’s very clear that it’s possible to get around without any knowledge of French (or German or Italian, the two other common […]

  • Travel Day 2

    Travel Day 2 means time to go home, of course, which is sad in a way, but in other ways we were ready. We woke early, finished packing and cleaning, then headed off to a local boulangerie for breakfast, something we hadn’t done on the trip previously. Emma met us there, and we had a […]

  • Montreux

    Yesterday we took the train to Montreux. No Jazz Festival at the moment, but we spent a good part of the day exploring Château de Chillon. This is an amazing castle dating back to the 11th century. We walked all through the 47 tour stations, taking in bedrooms, dining halls, dungeons, latrines, etc. The views […]

  • Shopping ConCERN

    Today we met Emma at Gare Cornavin, bought tickets, and hopped on a tram headed to CERN. We did not have tickets for a tour, but have heard mixed reviews on the tour anyway. So we were able to go into the Globe, which is their visitors center. There was a theater with a brief […]

  • Old Town Geneva

    Today, we met Emma at Bel Air, and walked from there past all the high-end watch and designer stores. We went into a couple, but it was hard to feel comfortable looking at $10,000+ watches, with well dressed security guards all around, etc. We spent more time in the Swatch store, where we bought Tyler […]

  • Return from Which Mountain?

    From Villars, of course! In the morning, we had much better views of the Alps, which are incredibly breathtaking! We spent a leisurely morning having breakfast and packing up at the chalet, then we took the local shuttle bus into town mostly to do some shopping for souvenirs. After wearying of shopping, we stopped at […]

  • Villars

    Today, we ventured into the Alps! We took a train from Geneva at 7:30, changed trains twice, and arrived in Villars by 10:00. We explored the town a bit, dropped our luggage at our chalet, then had some lunch at Cookie Deli. After lunch, we rented some ski equipment for the kids, bought lift tickets, […]

  • HBTM!

    Today was our first full day in Geneva, and as we are still getting on the local time, we ended up sleeping in until 9:00. We had a simple breakfast at home, and Susan and Emma met at the information booth, then returned home. We ventured forth to the train station, and took a tram […]

  • Switzerland

    So, we made it to Geneva, and Emma met us at the airport. She helped us buy tickets for the tram, and that took us as far as the Cornavin train station, and from there we walked down to the Lac Léman (a.k.a. Lake Geneva) and waited until it was time to be let into our […]

  • Travel Day

    On Thursday after school/work, our good family friend Alexx drive us to the airport. We arrived around 4:00 for our scheduled 6:10 boarding and 6:40 flight. The Air Canada section of the terminal was small and quite crowded, but we were able to find 4 seats relatively close together. And after a flight or two […]