S: Switzerland May, 2010
FC: Springtime in Switzerland with Kelly & Pablo May, 2010
1: After I arrived in Geneva, Kelly and Pablo took me to Pablo's parents' weekend home in Muzan, France. It is a a very small village with only ten houses. Anne-Marie, Pablo's mom, made a lunch of traditional tarts from the region- walnut, spinach and cheese. They were all delicious! The purple flowers growing on the side of the house are wisteria - "glycine" in French.
2: After lunch, we visited the village fountain. | The villagers did their laundry here. | We also saw the village oven where the village gathered to bake bread.
3: This is the oven and fountain of the neighboring village. | This fountain is supplied by a spring.
4: Pain de Sucre - "loaf of sugar" waterfall
6: This waterfall was a short drive away from the Pain de Sucre. It was huge - about 3000 feet tall! | The surrounding views were amazing! There was a windmill in the yard of one of the homes in the valley
8: On Monday evening, Pablo, Kelly and I took a walk near their apartment. These picturesque scenes are in Vernier - the village where Kelly & Pablo live.
9: The walk took us through a really pretty wooded area next to the Rhone River | Wild poppies grow near the perfumery. The perfumery produces the base for perfume. | The Rhone River flows into Lake Geneva and runs through the city.
10: On Tuesday, Kelly and I drove to Lavey-les-Baines, in the canton of Vaud. Lavey-les-Bains is a thermal hot spring spa. There were several large swimming pools, saunas, whirlpools and jets. It was so relaxing and quite beautiful! The area was surrounded by the Alps. On the way there, we stopped for a picnic and a bird joined us!! He was watching Kelly closely to make sure she finished all her lunch!
11: Lake Geneva Lavey-les-Bains The indoor pool Kelly driving One of the Inside a manual! many tunnels one of the through the tunnels. mountains
13: On Wednesday, Pablo's parents took us to Perouges in France - a medieval village built in the 14-15th century! The corn on the left is being dried to feed the birds.
16: We visited this wine cave - Caveau de St. Vincent- for wine tasting. The wine is from the region near Perouges. | We tasted cheese and sausage - also native to the area!
17: We had lunch at this restaurant. The food was excellent and very traditional country French meals. The specialty of the village is the sweet dessert tart on the right. It is called Galette Perougienne and is served warm with cream and strawberry sauce!
18: Our last stop was the old cathedral. Church services are still held there. Our next destination is Annecy, France
19: Annecy is often called the "Venice" of France. The building in the center of the canal is called the Palais de I'Lsle or old prison. It was built in the twelfth century and is considered the symbol of the town.
23: Thursday - we went to the urgi-care clinic. It was interesting to see what the hospitals and clinics were like in Switzerland! Very clean and efficient! The CERN - Large Hadron Collider sits on the border of Switzerland and France. Its a scientific instrument that studies atoms.
24: We went shopping Thursday afternoon. Kelly found her favorite car in the parking lot! A Fiat 500- of course she wants hers in pink! | Two different flags - the red one with the white cross is the national Swiss flag. The red and yellow flag is for the Canton of Geneva. Switzerland has 26 cantons.
25: Friday morning we took a boat cruise on Lake Geneva. The Jet d'Eau was not on because it was too windy. | The large white building is the UN.
26: The scenery on the lake is gorgeous. The Statue of the Mermaid, city skyline, the Rothschild mansion, St. Peter's cathedral, the Colgate mansion and the mansion Josephine gave to Napoleon.
27: After the boat tour, we had Eritrean food for lunch! It is eaten with your hands and was delicious. We also walked through the Paquis or Red Light District of Geneva. I got a few quick pictures of the working ladies!
28: On Saturday, Pablo, Kelly and I drove to Freiburg, Germany - about 3 hours away from Geneva in the Black Forest. The yellow square in the field above is canola.
29: Freiburg is very quaint with narrow stone streets and pretty buildings. The little canal runs through the town-children were playing with boats and wearing boots to walk in the canal. There are several cathedrals as well.
30: For lunch, Kelly and I had the asparagus. It was asparagus season and a specialty of Freiburg. And, of course, the local beer! | After lunch, we walked up to the beer garden. It was quite a climb up the steps and across the highway, then up more ramps to the top of the hill that overlooks Freiburg.
31: The Beer Garden-Biergarten | Pretzels, wurst and beer - authentic German fare!
33: The Beer Garden from the street. | Special of the day. | Pretzels and Beer!! | We had dinner in this guest house on the way back to Geneva.
34: Sunset over the Black Forest in Germany!
37: Market in Divonne, France! Amazing - everything you can think of and more! It was absolutely beautiful !
38: The fountain in Divonne. Near the market was a park with a small lake and swimming area! Ducks, too.
39: After lunch, Pablo drove us to the top of La Saleve, a mountain of the French preAlps that overlooks Geneva. The weather was beautiful as were the views
41: The Alps! Pablo played on the rocks in the meadow when he was young. The Alpine meadows are so pretty! There were several para-sailors flying off the mountain.
42: On our way to the rock, Kelly made friends with this cute puppy! When we were talking to her owner, she was obviously from the USA. | The puppy's owner told us she was originally from Washing-ton state. She had come to Geneva over 20 years ago and married a Swiss native.
43: Enjoying the sunshine! | Pretty views again!!
44: One last look and back to Geneva. | La Saleve from below-it rises about 4600 feet above Geneva
45: My last night in Geneva! After a raclette dinner at Pablo's parents-and several types of wine-we went into Geneva for ice cream. The Jet d'Eau was on and really pretty at night. The time went too quickly!
46: Getting ready to take off - the four languages of Switzerland on the Swiss plane! The Jet d'Eau from the plane!!!
47: This picture is right over Kelly and Pablo's apartment. The little bridge in the picture is where we walked Monday evening. The Rhone River, the Jet d'Eau and Mont Blanc!! The clouds had covered Mont Blanc all week! Mont Blanc is in the French Alps. It is the highest mountain in the Alps, the EU and in Western Europe.
48: Allez! Ciao! Kelly, Pablo and Switzerland!