So, as Mabel has explained in an earlier post, our wild adventure in the recently
bought 1979 Triumph Spitfire didn’t turn our exactly as planned. The plan was
to drop our dog Walter off at my parents outside of Alicante and then start our
journey north to Norway via Switzerland to visit Mabel’s sister, Belinda and her
boyfriend Nikola. All in the name of a good adventure, and hopefully sell the
car with a profit.
Well, my dad bought the car so the adventurous plan had to be changed. I do
think the car looks good in my parents driveway though, and the fact that it
stays in the family is nice as well. Now I can enjoy it every time I visit them!
The journey could have ended here, but since we already had arranged for babysitters for Walter, we figured we might as well go on vacation. So we found some cheap tickets to Zurich, and after a few extra days at my parents, we were off for a week to Alp Land!
Its quite funny, we flew into Basel, and the airport is situated just on the border of Switzerland, France and Germany. So when we came to pickup our rentalcar on the Swiss side we were instructed to go to France.. We got a bit long-faced, but after further instructions from the clerck: “up the stairs, to the right then down the escalator” it wasn’t so bad afterall. So off to Zurich we went!
Me enjoying a healthy swiss lunch. Bratwurst and bread. It was seriously good..
It was really nice to see Belinda and Nikola again, and after a few days in Zurich we went for a roadtrip to Montreaux. Montreaux was originally planned as our last stop with the Spitfire before reaching Zurich, so it was nice that we got to see it. Montreaux is a really picturesque mountain village by Lake Geneva and is most famous for its Jazz festival, being the home to Queen’s Freddie Mercury, and off course being the background of Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water” when someone burned down the city’s Casino in 1971 (“We all came down to Montreaux on the Lake Geneva shoreline….”) So off course with such a strong rock legacy I had to see it for myself and it was well worth a visit..
Nikola’s parents run a hotel in the Alps, so after a few days back in Zurich we went up to the mountain resort of Sils Maria for a few days which is about 10 km from St. Moritz. The place was just closed for the winter season and the alps were beautiful now in the Spring. The air doesn’t get much fresher than up there..
After returning to Zurich once again for a few days we spent our last night in Basel closer to the airport since the plane back departed in the middle of the night. Or 6am which is the same.. Basel was well worth the visit as well.
Today its 25 degrees in the shade though and it seems like summer is here to stay!!