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Day 8 I'm a Swiss Miss Wannabe

Friday, July 11, 2014

It was a wonderfully cool travel day as we departed France…destination Switzerland. The French countryside was lovely.

We could always tell when we were approaching a village, because we would see a steeple way above the trees in the distance. As we drew closer, we would begin to see all of the houses gathered around it.

Our driver pointed out this monastery that was being restored. They have an organ that is over 1000 years old, and they still play it every day.

One of the men on the bus saw a rabbit hopping across a field that he swears was bigger than a St. Bernard. We had a great time ribbing him about it for the rest of the trip. Bert finally confirmed that it was a field rabbit, and that they weren’t uncommon, but not until it was almost time for us to go home. Love his sense of humor.

I was surprised to see so many vineyards in Switzerland. I had expected to see more of them in France. The Alps were magnificent. I don’t think I would ever get tired of looking at them. We stopped at a rest stop for lunch. We chose to get a gourmet burger and fries. I felt so sorry for the young man in front of us in line. He kept asking for a double cheeseburger and holding up his thumb and forefinger, which we had been told to use for 2. It was not on the menu. He ended up with 2 very large cheeseburger meals complete with 2 huge orders of fries and 2 large drinks. It would have been funnier, but it cost him $36. I asked him if he was going to be able to eat all of that, thinking we could buy one from him to help him out. He said he thought he could eat it all. He was rather green by the time he finished it. The food was excellent. I was impressed at the size and cleanliness of the rest area. It was like a mini mall, or small shopping center, with several restaurants, and a small grocery store. After lunch we went into store to buy snacks to have on the bus. I tried my very first Double Caramel Magnum bar. I know they have them in the states, but I had never tried one before, mostly because of the price. I discovered that they are worth every penny. We still had a lot of countryside to enjoy before we reached our destination for the day.

We stayed at the Art De Vivre in Crans-Montana. We loved our room with it’s down pillows and duvet, and our balcony with its magnificent view of the Alps.

There was a peaceful little lake about 100 yards from the hotel. We had time for a nice stroll before and after dinner.

It was a charming village. All the businesses had lovely flowerboxes.

This was the first place that struck us with the “I could live here!” Even with the clouds and the evening showers moving in, the majesty of the mountain ranges were intoxicating.

Our dinner was our favorite yet! We had a great salad, no clue what that dressing was, followed by some of the best spaghetti I’ve ever tasted. Next came grilled chicken with fries, and a dessert that I can best describe as a pear muffin cake. This meal I would definitely order on my own. We retired for the evening quite satisfied.
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