Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I loved Zurich. I took the city train from my hotel to downtown and then walked to the "Old City" which is pictured here. This is exactly what I wanted to experience....the European way of opening up the restaurants to the streets. All bars and restaurants did this...they were at every alley way and on every corner.
It rained most of the night and when I went to sleep around 3:AM there were only brief shower periods. This morning it is cool and the coulds are still hanging about.
I will miss this little valley and its ever changing mood. It's time to go but I will be back.
The train leaves for Zurich at 10:15 and I'm mostly packed and ready to check out. The hotel shuttle will take me to the train station.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Well, I take back all making fun I made of the Saanen Church and the bell....It was built in 1604! What a beauty inside. My pictures do not it justice. It was pooring rain when I took this outside picture. The program was all Mozart-the last works. Go to http://www.munuhinfestivalgstaad.ch/ if you want a run down of the program.
the inside was all wook and frescos on the walls. I managed to take some interior shots. IT WAS A GLORIOUS EVENING.
The rain has really started to come down now and not at all uncomfortable. I am sitting at a small table (with just my bottom sweats on) next to the door which is open and a nice cool breeze blowing in....very refreshing.
I will post pictures of tonights concert later.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Just befoe the last rain, I had just come back from a light dinner in the hotel restaurant. www.gstaad-saanen.steigenberger.ch I asked for a glass of red wine and the waiter said he had a California Cab. from the Napa Valley and I said Nah..I drink California wine at home and have been to the Napa Valley many times "I think I would like to try some of your Swiss wine." I looked around the bar area to see if anybody had been impressed with my volley of "Califorfnia wine speak". I was the only one there....but I did impress myself! I asked to see the bottle of the Calif. Cab. I took one look at the lable and exclaimed "the is not Napa Valley wine this is from Manteca, for god's sake". "Don't ever get those two mixed up again" I said to him. "Don't you know that in Spanish Manteca translates as Lard?" HELLO! I really didn't say it that way but I did politely tell him that the Manteca Valley was about 100 miles south of the Napa Valley... two entirely different climates.
I had a light dinner of fresh leafy greens & vegetable salad with a delicious walnut dressing, and a bowl of vegetable broth with local sausage (superbo!). I was full.
I may just go for a walk and then have a nightcap at the bar. But I must try to download those pictures again.
The trip to JFK was smooth and went by quickly. I spent the whole time reading the new book about Merv Griffin. The connection to Zurich was uneventful and I spent the time with some more reading, watched the 7th DVD season of "24", slept about 3 hours, and by the time we finished with a small breakfast it was time to land in Zurich. It was 7:30 AM Swiss time which was 10:30PM SF time.
The train to Gstaad was a bit energy draining because "Roger" packed too much!!!! He had to pay extra airfare at SFO as his suitcase was 13 lbs. over the limit (50 lbs). Lugging the big red monster (the suite case) + a backpack and carry-on bag while changing trains 3 times was a challenge. But he made it. The train ride from Zurich was very picturesque. I will post some picture next....and we'll see how that goes.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Tomorrow is also Ed McDonald's birthday and I will be doing his grocery shopping and spending a couple of hours with him. He is very weak and is facing surgery to remove a mass in his colon. The surgery will be scheduled sometime at the beginning of August.
I have a list for the household to get at Safeway so I'm off to get that done. To bed early tonight and up early tomorrow. Only working half a day.
I'm starting to space.