had no idea so much happened while i was away. nevertheless, am happy that everything seems to be getting back on track...
thanks to some of you for your interest in my holiday photos! :) haha i took so many...think there're about 700 plus pics? quite impossible to post all of them here, so spent a bit of time selecting my favourite few to share...
as described in my last post, switzerland and france are beautiful in very different ways. switzerland's beauty is natural, breathtaking, refreshing, welcoming. alpine peaks, pristine snow, green hills, blue blue skies, peaceful lakes...the picture postcards aren't lying, switzerland IS that beautiful, if not more beautiful when you see her with your own eyes.
france, to me, is stunningly and proudly beautiful, her beauty very much historical and man-made (lavish churches, magnificent monuments, well-groomed gardens etc). of course, she possesses natural beauty too, like the pebble beaches and blue blue seas of Nice, and the picturesque Lake Annecy.
personally, extravagance is less appealing. i prefer beauty that is unpretentious and amiable. like a girl-next-door. but who am i to pass judgements? i'm just an insignificant passer-by... :)
oh well. picture time!
chapter 1: zurich
being the 1st stop, zurich wasn't as boring as some people described...in fact, i love every bit of it! :) lake zurich was lovely, the streets were adorable, churches were splendid...and even the weather was wonderful!
took a cruise on Lake Zurich and went to a quaint little town called Rapperswil (pronounced "rappers-vil"). it's known as the town of roses, and there's a pretty rose garden which, i can imagine, will be glorious when all the roses are in full bloom. unfortunately, when i was there only some roses have blossomed...
haha...just had to try and take some artistic pics when the setting is so perfect.
had a taste of some serious cheese fondue on the 1st nite in zurich. hmm...not quite the scrumptious fare i had expected, but still pretty good! fresh bread dipped in hot melted cheese on a cold breezy nite...heavenly!
if u do visit zurich, check out cafe conditorei schober. it's a beautiful place that serves REAL hot chocolate. one of the best i've ever tasted. which is why i didn't feel the pinch even tho one cup costs CHF7.50 (which is 8 plus SGD).
chapter 2: luzern
out of the 3 places i went to in switzerland, luzern has to be my favourite.
dinner by the river...
from luzern, took a day trip to mount titlis (thank u evelyn for recommending it). being surrounded by swiss alpine splendour is not just a feast for the eyes, it's an emotionally moving and unforgettable experience...
our very own Mr Snowman! made with snow, coins and 2 pens! haha...other tourists asked if they could take pics with him...so honoured.
chapter 3: interlaken
day trip from interlaken to the world renowned jungfraujoch. how the swiss actually built a railway track to the highest peak in europe is something that impresses and amazes and puzzles me.
taking the train up to jungfraujoch was a reminder of one of life's important lessons: sometimes, it's not just the goal that matters, the journey there is just as valuable.
sent a postcard each to Mr Snuggie and Yuanyuan to tell them "wish you were here..."
on the way back to interlaken, went on a little adventure of our own to find the huskies...
next stop, lyon, france.