So let's re-cap the good stuff!
We spent the holiday weekend in Switzerland with our friends, the Wagner's. They have 2 boys, a 14-month old and a 3-year old that play really well with Kelty ... so Kelty had some friends too!
Zurich is roughly 3 1/2 hours away; with such a quick drive we decided to stop in the black forest of Germany for lunch and cuckoo clock shopping! The Black Forest is home to the cuckoo clock ... I never really thought I'd ever want a cuckoo clock ... until we moved to Germany! There is something about buying a handmade cuckoo clock, directly from the artisan that made it! We LOVE our cuckoo clock and so does Kelty! After a our cuckoo clock purchase and a quick lunch we continued journey to Zurich. After settling into the hotel we headed out to stroll down the Bahnhofstrasse ... fortunately for our wallets most everything was closed. After our stroll through the cold and rain we headed over to the Altstadt (old city) side of Zurich to roam the streets and grab dinner.
Keeping with European tradition, most everything is closed on Sunday's. Fortunately the Zurich Zoo was open! We spent the morning and early afternoon checking out the zoo and then headed back so the kiddo's could take naps. While the kids took their naps, Al and Jeremy were able to spend a few hours checking out Zurich and enjoying a beer. I was really happy Al was able to have some "guy time" and check out Zurich without Kelty in tow. After the kids awoke we headed out for a fondue dinner .... we're in Switzerland, we HAD to have cheese for dinner! This was also the restaraunt we had fondue at with our dearly missed friends, Tina and Jordan, when we visited Zurich back in 2006!
After dinner we had planned to take a boat ride. The boat never came ... so we hung out on the dock and fed the swans.
We headed out early so we could stop in Luzern, Switzerland to enjoy a snow-capped mountain backdrop. I visited Luzern last year when I was in Switzerland for IJOLDS (International Junior Leadership Development Seminar). It's an old city with beautiful bridges, lakes, and mountain backdrops.