Day 2 At Augustine

I was surprised that I slept quite well and didn’t feel like I had been hit by a plane when I woke up. A shower bought me fully into the day and ready for breakfast!

After breakfast we decided to drive out to At Augustine. It didn’t take very long and the sun was shining.

We started out in the old town, wandering George Street, in and out of the shops and old buildings. The best shop was called Faux Paws which sold all pet accessories….of course it was necessary to get Luna the crazy Labrador X a little something.

I’m out of practice with the heat and humidity – England has started to get terribly cold recently, so I milked it and we stopped at Ben & Jerry’s for an ice cream.

Refreshed and ready, we wandered over to the old fort and had a walk round the walls taking in the views. The beautiful weather made it so stunning.

Last but not least at St Augustine’s was to check out Ripley’s Believe it or not!

After being shown the weird, wonderful and concerning at Ripley’s (it’s the third one I’ve been to and there are still more bizarre things at each!). It was time to feel “cheesy American” and go to Walmart for some supplies….I tried to rein it in…..

With jet lag beginning to make me run out of va va voom, it was time to go back to the beast and head home for a quiet evening.

Day One Travel

I’m back with a new trip!

I eeked myself out of bed and into my lovely sister-in-law’s car to get to the airport, where Matt and I were given a lovely upgrade…. And the journey began.

I can confirm that 8 hours first class is much more comfortable, but not more interesting than cattle. I was super excited about the legroom though – I wanted to do a little dance in it! As a tall person, cattle brings tears to my eyes, especially on long haul for leg room!

I settled myself in, started my marathon of films, nibbled my snacks, fidgeted almost non-stop and even tried for a nap…. No such luck!

Upon landing, I said goodbye to my little haven and headed to the queue for passport control, baggage and then finally to pick up the car.

Oh boy was the car exciting! We got a pick-up….I feel all American right now! A two hour drive from the airport got us to our little cottage in Jacksonville where we will stay for a few days.

And on that note, I’m going to go and collapse in a sleepy heap. I’ll have more tomorrow!

Day 4 Switzerland

I was up at the crack of dawn this morning but it was totally worth it!

After a quick breakfast, Roger and I kitted up and hopped onto to motorbike for the next 3 and a half hours. It was fantastic! I have been on a motorbike in years and the hair pin turns and beautiful views made for a perfect ride! There was only one hair raising moment where we had a little slip on the white stripe in the road but no damage done and plenty more of the ride to soak up!

We made some prime stops along the way and I took as much GoPro footage as I could manage. I needed to morph into an owl to take in all of what was around me, my eyes and head just couldn’t do it quickly enough!

As the weather started to hot up, we headed back and peeled off the gear before hopping onto the moped and going to meet Vilma for lunch!

It was a lovely goodbye meeting and of course Vilma took me to try the best chocolate in Switzerland and the signature “chocolate kisses” that were totally to die for!

After saying goodbye, Roger took me to the supermarket to stock up on chocolate (not just for the flight home….although tempting!) And then we went back to the apartment to freshen up and have a little quiet time.

For the route back to the airport, Roger took me by the lake in Zürich and I tried to remember every little stunning detail. Traffic flowed – typical when you want it to be slower – and after a drink it was time to say goodbye and head into the airport for my flight back home.

As soon I was in the airport and settled, Roger messaged to say his car had broken down – it must have missed me already! Don’t worry, I will miss you too Switzerland!

Day 3 Switzerland

I was super excited to get up and head out this morning, but not before a lovely breakfast with Roger’s own honey (I wish I had proper luggage to take it all home!)

Then it was time to go….it was time to fly!!! Roger had arranged with his friend for me to be flown for 20 minutes or so over the mountains! It felt like I was getting ready for Top Gun when I climbed into the seat and strapped myself in – maybe a little less elegant….

The pilot Stefan took me over the beautiful mountains, towards Austria and along the Rhine. I was utterly speechless at how amazing and beautiful this experience was. The accountant in me starting totalling up if I could afford it as a hobby!!!! (The answer is no!)

After the smoothest landing of my life to date, I was shown Roger’s friend’s two seated, engined glider. He let me sit in it and talked me through everything. There was even a promise that next time he would take me out in it! I felt like a celebrity.

After pulling myself away from the airport, we headed up the mountain to Heidi Dorf where we checked out the fountain and had a little walk to the village in the sunshine. Of course there was an unending number of amazing views and always time for pictures.

It was meltingly hot so it was natural that the suggestion for an ice cream went down gratefully….much like the ice cream itself. I had mango and passion fruit as one scoop and caramel as the other. Both flavours were to die for.

We had been up early and on the go in the constant heat so it was definitely time to head back for a siesta.

Later once is had sort of cooled, it was time to experience the cable car and go up Brambrüesch. At the top we found the restaurant to enjoy an ice cold cider in the sunshine. Perfection.

Vilma collected us and we headed back for dinner. Fondue! I got shown how to eat it and enjoy it like a local (aka not making a mess) and filled my face until I had become one with the chair.

The evening was spent enjoying food, talking and taking in the beautiful view, before an early night for a super early start tomorrow!

Day 1 & 2 Switzerland

Ok so I am a bit behind….apparently 2am bed times do not agree with keeping this updated!

I arrived late Friday and Roger was there to pick me up and welcome me to Switzerland! My first hour was then spent in the car park at the airport due to the bad timing of the road works! At least we had time to catch up. By the time we got in it was almost 1am so after settling in my room, meeting my trusty room mate (he’s rather sophisticated!), I feel asleep like a log.

Saturday morning on the balcony….what a sight!

Even with the buildings in the way, you still can’t help but admire the beauty. After an appropriate time spent gawping, Roger and Vilma took me to the old town and the local food market.

After an enjoyable walk, a drink stop and a moment to enjoy the clock chiming song, we got in the car to go for lunch! It was Roger’s and Vilma’s son Nico’s birthday! The view from the restaurant was awesome….

A quick pit stop at the apartment and then back out to soak up the sights. Roger took me to the Swiss Grand Canyon which was unbelievable. You could see for miles – some of the mountains even had snow!

We drove for a little while longer before parking up and heading for lake cresta. The walk was “10 minutes”, but 20 minutes later I was still walking in the blistering sunshine….about 35minutes later we made it!!!!! Before anything, we jumped straight into the water which felt freezing at first (even though it was 23°c) but it was the most refreshing gift.

It was then that Roger realised the problem – he didn’t have his wallet and I only had a bank card. Sneakily we sidled up dripping wet to check the counter for a card machine, which of course it didn’t have, before tiptoeing back to our towels to make a subtle exit. It was the shortest most refreshing few moments that certainly well deserved….I’m sure no one would mind that much….

The trek back to the car seemed to go much faster now we had had a refreshing dip and before long we were heading off for dinner. Roger ordered me a very traditional dish and drink which has started a new addiction – oh Ravella my love! Haha!

The final stop for the day, the opera. Vilma was performing and we had fantastic tickets for Carmen. I have never been to an opera anyway, but this was a unique experience in itself. The stage was housed inside what I would describe as a circus tent. The set was all rotating boards and the orchestra was right up front for you to soak in. I was so excited!

I understood nothing, but I don’t think that is unusual for opera at least! It was beautiful and the music was goosebump worthy. Of course I got behind the scenes access for me and the bestie.

The after show drinks were stopped a little early as I was having to use match sticks to keep my eyes open. By the time we got home and I crawled into bed, the match sticks had long gone and I was moving out of intuition than sight!

I am so lucky that I have such lovely friends who take me to do these great things. Tomorrow is another day of enjoying Switzerland to the max!

Prague Day 4

It was time to say goodbye to Prague – sadly as an early morning!

We had breakfast and whipped around the apartment packing up our things and tidying round. Before we knew it, it was time to hop in the Uber and get to the airport.

Our social skills were a bit on the lacking side due to tiredness but we watched TV to pass the flights…..only a slight delay to manage from Frankfurt to London (always London that is delayed!)

At home I was reunited with my kitty cats before finishing off the anniversary weekend with a meal at our favourite pub and a visit to the flicks to watch Incredibles 2 (BTW freaking awesome!). What a happy first anniversary 😍

Prague Day 3

Our last day in Prague! I started breakfast well with no major mess so the day was already off on a win! We headed out for our next wander – up to the metronome. The metronome stood where a statue of Stalin had been before it was torn down. It symbolises the passing of time, the making of history.

The hike up in the sun wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. There was a hell of a lot of stairs but after yesterday’s warm up to the Eiffel tower, this was a piece of cake!

Where we had soaked up the sun enough, we wandered down, hopped on the bus and went round Prague a bit more. Before deciding to ‘Merica it up and go to Hooters.

I was then overdue my afternoon siesta (I could totally get used to that lifestyle), we went back to the apartment to chill out for a few hours. We decided we would head out later and have an explore round.

On our next exploration, we stumbled upon the senses museum – such fun!

After having a giggle and playing with some mind messes, including laying on a bed of nails….we kept walking. After an hour or so, it was time to eat.

As we had made it so far into the evening, we took our wanders to the Charles Bridge to check it out with all the lights. It was quite pretty although definitely tourist central so before long we headed to get an ice cream and call it a day.

Prague Day 2

Our first full day in Prague and I started it in full clumsy swing by exploding cereal everywhere and flooding the bathroom…. Always a good way to start the day!

Once I had dried the bathroom off and got my act together Matt and I headed out to hit up the big bus tour and check (Czech) put some Prague history – wahey for bad jokes!

We hopped off at the John Lennon wall to check out some of the art work and to walk the streets a little.

We found a memorial for those afflicted by communism. It was quite moving. It was a representation of losing everything about yourself until nothing was left under communist rule.

After looking on a map, we thought we would take the “10 minute” walk to the Eiffel tower of Prague – my foot was it 10 minutes!!!!! My calves have had a workout of a lifetime tackling that mini hike and all the stairs. There were times I just wanted to roll back down the hill, but with lots of encouragement and continuous ignoring of my pouts, Matt got me to the top!

Of course we found time to go in the mirror maze from the 1800’s before walking back down for some lunch and a well deserved ice cream.

One nap later at the apartment (yes I am like a cat!), I was ready to head out again. This time we went for a boat trip and some local food. I would say the boat trip won out over the food on this occasion, but I plan to retest that tomorrow!

We traded in our sea legs after the trip, found a kinder egg because everyone needs a kinder egg and went back to the apartment ready to put our feet up in preparation for tomorrow.

Prague Day 1

Despite going away, getting up early was p-a-i-n-f-u-l! We both dragged ourselves out of best and to the airport like heroes for some breakfast and our flight to Prague.

After a small delay where I fought to not nap on my bag in Frankfurt….we made it!

We had the best Uber driver to take us from the airport to our apartment! He even planned a bank heist with us (if this actually happens, it was NOT us! Just to make this perfectly clear!).

Our apartment was dreamy! Although we had to make it up three flights of stairs, we were greeted with some chocolates and champagne for our anniversary. What cuties!!!!

A well needed pit stop later, we headed out to adventure. First stop – the Hard Rock Café!

Once we had refuelled we went exploring round the old town until our feet started to feel like nubbins. I’m still waiting to feel my toes again!

We stumbled to the supermarket, then back to the apartment, up the three flights of stairs and onto the sofa to vegetate.

First priority, rest up for tomorrow.

Hamburg Day 3

My final day with my wife…. It felt sad but we definitely wanted to make the most of it! We started with our breakfast routine and I packed up my stuff so I was ready to have the day out. I got my trainers on and we hit the road. We walked and walked and walked, talking and taking in the view and fun times together.

We stopped for a top up waffle and then rolled the rest of the way round the lake to Christine’s work place. It was great to see her office and where she spends her days. I will be able to picture it so clearly now!

Then as per instruction back home, we rolled (good ol’ waffle!) to the stadium to get a shirt and of course continue the giggles. We stopped at an old fashioned photo booth first and I’m sure everyone in Hamburg could here is laugh as we posed away like the paparazzi were there for us.

We found the requested shirt and went for a walk drifting around the city and headed back to the apartment for the dreaded return home….

Finally it was the sad time to head to the station and hug out our goodbyes. I had the best few days with my wifey and I know we are already planning our next trips to see each other.