Switzerland, Part 1

Happy Friday, everyone!

A year ago this weekend, I had the incredible opportunity to travel to Switzerland! It had always been a place I was interested in, and luckily enough, we have some very good family friends that live there that I got to visit and stay with. I hadn’t seen Barbara and her two sons (her husband was unfortunately out of town) in ten years (!) so it was very good to see them again and catch up.

I flew out of Heathrow and into Geneva very early on Saturday (12/3) morning.

P1060385After landing in Geneva, I took a train to Neuchâtel. I can’t begin to tell you how nervous I was doing that all by myself. I don’t speak a word of French or German, and have the world’s worst sense of direction. I thought for sure I would get lost or get off at the wrong train station, but after a little while of traveling through the beautiful country….

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…I made it! Barbara picked me up at the station, and we headed back to their house for some lunch.

After lunch was a trip to Berne, the federal city of Switzerland. The city was decorated for Christmas, and boy was it busy!

P1060396P1060410This clock tower (which was so beautiful; pictures don’t do it justice) was built in the 1500s and is one of the most well-known sights in Berne.

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Berne is also home to more than 100 fountains, eleven of which are still decorated with the original features.

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After walking around for a bit, we decided to go to the Cathedral of Berne, which was built starting in 1421.

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For a tiny fee, we were able to walk up 344 steps all the way to the top of the cathedral. The stairs were in a spiral pattern which kept getting more and more narrow the higher we got. There were large holes and slits in the sides of the spire through which you could see clear to the ground. I’m not afraid of heights, but I have to admit, even I was a little shaky up there!

My legs were burning like crazy with the cold and the climb, but the views were well worth it.

P1060419P1060423P1060429P1060432P1060422How amazing is that? It took my breath away.

After arriving back down on earth, we stopped for some treats at a little restaurant. I experienced my first Swiss hot chocolate.

P1060441It was very good, and very different from what I was used to. Throughout the trip, I kept noticing that the milk (and milk products) in Switzerland tasted so unlike any that I’ve ever had…it was much sweeter, which leads me to believe it was much more natural.

After our pitstop, we said goodbye to Berne…

P1060442…and headed back to the house, where Barbara spoiled me with treated me to some traditional Swiss fondu.

P1060444From what I could gather (I watched her make it) the fondu was a pretty simple recipe. Garlic, cheese, and wine in a pot? Count me in!

The rest of the night was spent sitting at the table with Barbara and catching up – we had ten whole years to cover!

Stay tuned for part two tomorrow – we visited the Chateau de Gruyères!

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Happy weekend, everyone! 🙂

12 comments

  1. Lovely photos! It’s so pretty… I’d love to visit Switzerland someday 🙂

    1. It was just gorgeous…the scenery on the second day was even better! I’m excited to share it with you all! 🙂

  2. Switzerland looks heavenly! It’s definitely on my “to visit” list. I hope that cheese fondu was as good as it looks!

    1. Ohhh my gosh, it was soooo good! I hope you get there some day! 🙂

  3. Wonderful post! These makes me remember my fabulous travel to Switzerland some years ago. I love cheese fondue.Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful weekend!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    http://www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

    1. Thank you, and thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  4. I love love love Switzerland. I’ve been there a month or so ago (again;) )
    Those pictures are amazing, and I beg you to do the post on chocolate. I salivate as I write… Enjoy your stay!

    1. Haha thanks! I was actually there a year ago when I studied abroad in the U.K., so this post is kind of a recap of my stay.
      All of that chocolate and cheese was just incredible. Switzerland = heaven in that regard. 😉

  5. This looks amazing!! I didn’t get to spend very much time in Switzerland when I was there, but I loved every minute (and every bite!) of it! We stayed with a friend who lived right by the Jura mountains and we went hiking and it was amazing!!

    1. Wow…hiking in Switzerland. That sounds so cool!

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