What to say about this European journey… My first time visiting these countries, and I’d have to say the highlight was definitely Switzerland. Here’s an exercise: Google the word Switzerland. Now select images. Does it match all the photos below? YES! It does… Switzerland (CH or Confederation Helvetica) is without a doubt, the most beautiful place on earth, and everywhere looks like a postcard. The mountains were inspiring and illuminating, the people friendly and inviting, the water and air, clean and fresh. I can’t wait to go back!
Another thing… I ate. A lot of things. London has delicious food. Granted, most of it is international cuisine, but that’s the glory of it all. The country is similar to the United States in that there are many many immigrants there. They therefore bring the beauty and tradition of their motherland to London, and the result is “King of Falafel”. Paris was rainy and cold, but that did not deter us from eating absurd amounts of crepe (the image in the last post are the sweet and savory crepe I had for lunch one day in a single sitting), and walking many miles simply absorbing the magic of the city. Marseille was a warm, beachy interlude to all the dreary weather, and Leysin in the Swiss Alps was an unforgettable “heaven on earth” experience. Our second to last night, we indulged in what may have been the most luxurious meal of my life. We dined at La Fromagerie where we enjoyed Fondue with cheese produced in-house, wine grown and processed in the village, and desserts made with dairy from the cows outside. The quality of the ingredients was incroyable, and to top it all off, we were serenaded sweet, French melodies by the local choir. The group just happened to be celebrating a birthday and a recent recital, and we were the lucky guests that got to hear them perform free of charge! It was the perfect dining experience.
For now, I relish in the memories and acclimate to the bay.
Bon appétit mes amis!