"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to let you in."

-- Robert Frost

Monday, August 15, 2016

adventures in grindlewald, murren and more

There's no better way to see Switzerland than to get a bird's eye view.

And to do it with my favorite adventure seeker.

I think we thought that paragliding would be similar to the thrill of sky diving. We were surprised at the calm, silent nature of hanging over such a gorgeous landscape.

Still, taking a leap off that mountainside into the unknown was pretty exhilarating.

Christian said it did cross his mind that he was putting a lot of faith in those sewn seams and cords.

The views just could not be beat.

And we kind of decided that when we land in our new home in Steamboat, we may just have to pick up a new sport ;)

Grindelwald had a terrific sport center with the most pristine pool we had ever seen.

There were tons of rules, like taking shoes off before entering the lockers, no street clothes on the pool deck, showers before entering the pool.

With a very vigilant life guard keeping watch.

One time, Christian crossed the pool deck from the locker room in his street clothes and tennis shoes to bring some things to me where I was sitting.

That lifeguard nearly combusted.

She waved her hands and yelled in German, rolled her eyes heavenward and seemed to indicate that now she was going to have to burn down the building and rebuild it because the pool deck had been desecrated.

We felt really bad.

But then laughed about if for a really long time.

Evenings in town held a certain magic.

There were yodelers.

We played some mini golf.

Bonded over card games.

The boys took off early one morning for a bike ride.

Um .... Celia and Christian found a random see saw. This makes me laugh because I have dozens of pictures of them doing this very thing at all ages.

We loved the fondue from the first night so much, we decided to have our own dessert fondue night.

We hiked more as a family.

Took the train over to Murren which is a town in the mountains not accessible by car.

Where I again marveled at more simple gardening solutions. Green beans climbing bare sticks with branches .. who would have thought?

Our family climbed up to the heights above Murren.

The little trails there were so picturesque.

Eliza practiced her yodeling.

It started to rain along with a little thunder and lightening so we hightailed it back down.

The boys took me on a bike ride up to the top of First, which is a peak in Grindelwald. We walked the hanging bridge in cloud coverage which was just beautiful.

I think everyone who comes to Switzerland falls in love with the Alpine Cows with those bells making low music across the mountain meadows.

I gathered one of every wildflower I could find.

And we spent our evenings with monopoly, amazing Swiss hot chocolate, and a little Sound of Music. These are days I hope we never forget.

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