Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lazy summer days

We spent a good amount of our time during the summer at the Badi. Playing in the lake, building sandcastles, eating popsicles, enjoying the sunshine. Can't get better than this.

Mulhouse, France

On one of our last weekends that we were staying in Zurich, we decided to take a short day trip over to Mulhouse, France and Alsace, France. We have visited Alsace once before, but loved it so much, it was worthy of a return trip!

I ordered fish....... which is exactly what I got

Alsace is famous for their kugelhopf cakes

Wandering the streets of Mulhouse

Naturally there was a carousel to ride, and lots of wine to drink. 

Saying Goodbye to Good Friends

To end our year in Zurich celebrating with friends was such a treat. Thank you friends for an amazing year. 


The whole crew

Our last Zoo Trip

When we arrived in Zurich, one of the first things we did was hike up to the top of the hill ( about 1 mile from our house, and purchase an annual pass to the zoo. It was one of our favorite things to do in Zurich. Somedays we would head up there just to play on the playground.

On a mission to see the elephants. Every. Single. Trip.

Best tropical rainforest exhibit I have ever seen. Walking through this building in the middle of the winter was a lovely feeling. 

Ella and her best buddy

We're going to miss this crew!

The sunflower field was in full bloom. Absolutely stunning. 

Ella's First SleepOver

We were so excited to have this sweet girl stay with us over the weekend. It was officially Ella's first slumber party!

The girls could not have been more excited to play all night.

Build your own pizza's for dinner! 

Story time. Good night sweet girls.

Living (and Loving) the German Life

Life in Zurich has been nothing but amazing, and very good to us. This year has allowed us to visit more cities than I ever could have imagined, including a whole week in Eitorf, Germany. A few weeks after we moved to Zurich, Ella and I met our dear friends, Mia and Svenja. (We met them because we were both at a nearby park, and they were speaking English- which took me by surprise- and our girls hit it off immediately!) She also kindly invited me to her English speaking playgroup that was happening the following day, which turned out to be my life line for our time in Zurich. Such a wonderful group of women and kids, I would not have survived my time in here without these amazing friends!

In the beginning of July, Svenja invited Ella and I to join her for a week at her mom's house in Eitorf. (It's ok, take a break from the blog and 'google it,' I had to also.) It's in the North Rhine Region, near Cologne, population just under 20,000 people. Small town, gorgeous country, good people, great trip!
We left on Monday morning, girls packed safely in the back seat with plenty of books to read and toys to play with, snacks to eat, a trunk full of luggage and good company. After lots of pit stops, traffic and 8 hours of traveling, we spent Monday evening getting settled in, letting the girls run around in the yard, and going to bed early.

On Tuesday we set off to tour the surrounding areas. First stop, Haribo Factory Store. Yep, you read that right. The official Haribo store is located in Bonn, Germany, just a few minutes from where we were staying! I'm not sure if the shop was more fun for Ella or for me  :o)

Me, Ella and Mia

More important, the treats!

Then we took a cog wheel train up to a view point to look over the Rhine country

Looking out over Rhine Country and the Rhine River

Dragon Hunting

This little bakery was opened in 1731, and still runs out of the same tiny shop in the front. Svenja's grandparents, parents and brother all bought the same wedding cake from the bakery, so naturally, we had to buy some too. Best. Cake. Ever.

Checking out the fish in the pond

A couple pics of Svenja's Moms house - it's BEAUTIFUL

The Cologne Dome

Breakfast with Oma the next morning - so fun to be kids!

Ahhhh, relaxing at Oma's. Best part was that it allowed the Mama's to relax too!

We are so grateful that our friends shared a piece of their hometown with us. We couldn't have had a better trip with them, and will treasure those memories for ever. Thank you so much!


As we were getting ready to leave Switzerland and move to San Francisco, we had one last trip that we had to make. You can't live in Switzerland without making a trip to see the Matterhorn.
We took our very last weekend, packed our bags, hopped on the train and headed to Zermott. The trip was very bittersweet for me. This trip had been one that I had wanted to make from the minute we arrived in Swiss country, so I was thrilled to be headed to the mountain. On the other hand, it was our last trip before our move, but it couldn't have been better.

I'm hoping the pictures will jog my memory of some of the trip details. When we arrived, it was cloudy, gray, and dreary. I think there were little sun spots in the sky, and naturally, there were no views of the mountain we came to see. We spent some time walking around this little Swiss town, soaking in all of it's charm.                                              

View from our hotel

Dowtown Zermatt

The Matterhorn is hiding

We decided we would spend the remainder of Day 1 hiking in the area, just to do a little exploring.
View of Zermatt from our hike

Ella reading her map, naturally telling us where to go

 Still very little Matterhorn to see

Hiking among the cattle

Stunning mountain views

lunch break

At the end of our hike, something amazing happened. Something I had been waiting for my ENTIRE year spent living in Switzerland....Edelweiss spotting! Ahhh..... my trip was complete!

train ride home after a fun filled trip