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!