day 1 & 2
day 4. a long drive between seasons.
We woke up to a home-cooked breakfast and though i’d seen it before, but the scenery outside grischa’s house is always breathtaking, no matter the season nor the hours of the day.
lights in the dark
snow is melting
remnants of playtime
soon, we hit the road, following the detailed route that gregor has carefully discussed with grischa the night before. objective: to see the real Switzerland!
leaving the village
just an idea of how the scenery changed as we go from Zurich to Lugano and then back up again
taken from inside the car and with extra awe
The St. Gotthard Tunnel. it runs from German-speaking Göschenen to Italian-speaking Airolo in Ticino to the south of Switzerland. At 16.4 km long, it is the 3rd longest road tunnel in the world and 19 min for us to get out and see a seemingly different country from the one we 'exited' from.
taking a walk through lugano, where temperature dipped lower than what was in zurich
i don't know much about art or architecture except i know what i like, and whoever made this has a sense of humor
we missed Befana’s Day by a few days when we were there. instead of santa claus, we see witches like this one hanging outside some of the houses in southern switzerland and later, italy. to find out more about this tradition, click on the picture!
it may be just a bus terminal for daily commute, but the modern design makes this stand out more than the buildings around it. you'll never lost your way with an eyecatching landmark like this!
stopping over at this hidden gem of a town
we wandered and wondered where everybody else was
i'm amused by how this house looks under the snow, aren't you?
my second lunch here at Hotel Schweizerhaus. the last time i was here, we were sitted outside under a glaring sun and now we can't wait to get in ('cause we were really hungry!!)
it got dark and foggy
what seems like water droplets on my window are actually frozen droplets
i could pluck them like gemstones
the 2 tiny specks? people on the frozen lake
visibility got better once we passed the lake. i brightened this picture up so that you could see the pretty lights that line up to another village
up the mountains we go and soon this is all we see
end of road trip! we met grischa's parents for some tea at this posh spa resort
and it is here where bb discover the best fries in the world
someone looks surprised!
it’s 12 days after Christmas, Three Kings Day in Switzerland. According to this website,
The day before the „Three King’s Day” the Swiss bakery shops are full of „Three kings’-cakes”. This is a sweet bun or teacake containing sultanas. It’s made from a number of separate pieces of dough baked together. The cake can easily be pulled a part and one of the pieces has a tiny plastic king in it, so the cake is eaten carefully.
Who ever gets the king is allowed to wear a golden crown which comes with the cake. At the same time this lucky person is allowed to boss about the family for the day.
So Brigette made everybody a cup of tea and we all sat down round the table to partake of this tradition.
my chosen bun
and guess what, i'm the queen for the day.
after which, gregor brought out his projector and he showed us the travel photos they took on their own honeymoon… those were really fantastic photos! the magic of slide film cameras.
I had never watched a holiday photo slide with somebody to tell us what each picture was about. it was so personal and it bound the whole room together for that whole duration the projector was running. and it does feel like we were there in the pictures when it was taken.
We have one more day in Zurich, for updates on my next post, click on the image below!