Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Summer Drive Thru Europe: Switzerland

I'm not gonna link to the house because it was a construction site with studs and no drywall, but we stayed in Schangnau which is sort of dead in the center of Switzerland? It was GORGEOUS right in and of itself, but it was a drive to get to the few things we wanted to do.

But honestly, we could have just sat there looking at the mountains from our driveway.

The drive from Venice was brutal. Lol, it sounds like all our drives were brutal, and they sort of were, but whatever, we were driving around Europe for three weeks. A little perspective makes it easier to swallow.

The main problem was this AWFUL tunnel, the Gotthard Road Tunnel, which is apparently the third longest tunnel in the world at a hair over ten miles, and is one lane each way.  Winning. I am not exaggerating when I say we waited for about three hours, and that seems to be pretty typical. So, if you are planning your own vacay...plan a way around this.

We got there late Friday night, August 8th, and woke up Saturday morning for our twelfth anniversary.  Whoa. Hard to believe, right? Let's just blow over how old that makes me feel.  We headed down to Interlaken, which, after seeing these amazing pics on Pinterest, was sort of a letdown. So on the way back we pulled over to go swimming in Lake Thun, which was whatever the opposite of a letdown is.

Totally amazeballs.  That's what Lake Thun was.

Also, freezing fucking cold, THAT'S what Lake Thun was. I mean, it's a glacial lake, unsure what I was expecting. I figured it would be cold, but ya'll!! When I hit the water, it was literally so cold my muscles all seized up. I thought I was going to die. I couldn't take a breath!!! So weird. But as soon as you got out, it was fine.

Fine enough to go back in!! TWO MORE TIMES!!! Nick and Ava jumped a ton, Daisy and Warren let daddy dunk them in, and Scott stayed in the shallow rocky pool type area behind all this.

Then my dad and Payton left :( Which sucked, not gonna lie. But we soothed our heartache with the only thing to rival the amazing breath taking ness of Salzburg- the Brienz Rothorn Bahn. It was a train ride straight up the side of a mountain (literally, STRAIGHT UP) to the tippy top, with views that I seriously can't even talk about.

I am slightly bummed that all my pictures of Switzerland basically look exactly the same. Mountains over green fields or mountains over glistening lakes. That's pretty much it. But it was just so stunning. So absolutely, unbelievably stunning.

After Switzerland, we hit up the Black Forest and Luxembourg City on the drive back to London. I only took a few pics, which I should be done with by tomorrow. Have I told you lately how AWESOME this trip was? I had to run some books back to the library this afternoon and she was asking me how it was and I was like, you know, it was truly one of the most amazing things I've ever done. It was just COOL ya'll.  Seriously.

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