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Poland/Switzerland 2012-Final Day

poland switzerland 2012 005I am composing this on the final flight…London to Los Angeles…and according to the map we are above Hudson Bay in Canada and have 5 hours and 30 minutes left before we land.  Libby and I have dozed on an off the last few hours as the flight so far has been very smooth.

Looking back, we had 8 flights on this trip;  1.  LA to London, 2. London to Warsaw, 3. Warsaw to Amsterdam, 4.  Amsterdam to Geneva, 5.  Geneva to Amsterdam, 6.  Amsterdam to Warsaw, 7.  Warsaw to London, and finally 8.  London to LA.  Quite a trip.  None of them was comfortable either, with the first flight LA to London on British Air leading the worst of all flights.  No leg or seat room at all.  Flying coach now days is much worse than a Grey Hound bus.  Enough complaining.

We got up at 4:45 am this morning and Risa took us to the airport.  Nopoland switzerland 2012 018 problems except we had a very short time between flights at London.  Made it but we had to move very fast.

If we make it to LA early as the pilot says we will, we might make it on the Airport express at 3 pm instead of 5:30 pm.  Please, please, please!!!! 

I have a cold that I got in one of flights back from Switzerland.  My ears completely plugged up upon landing in London.  Libby thinks she is getting it now.  We are taking ZiCam spray in hopes it decreases the severity and length of the cold.  We will see.

Finally, beside the flights and colds, our 11th trip to Europe was great!  Especially seeing the family and touring one of the most beautiful countries in the world;  Switzerland.  It will be good to get home though.  Less than 5 hours to LA.

We are home.  Been up 23 hours.  Ready for bed.  

 
 

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Poland/Switzerland, Days 14, 15…Last Two Days

Monday was a eating out day, shopping out day, and a nice meal with Lukes’ family.  Boleslwiec Pottery is in our suitcase and Libby’s collection is growing.

 

Tuesday was a trip to Wilanow Palace gardens. It was the main trip of Poland Switzerland 2012 020tPoland Switzerland 2012 016he day and it was a quiet relaxing place.  The ducks, frogs, and all kinds of wild life were “talking” to us.  The Polish kings used this area as their summer home.

 

We then packed and are working out our early morning trip out of the Warsaw airport.

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Tomorrow home!

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Poland

 

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Poland/Switzerland 2012, Day 13…2nd Sunday in Warsaw

Our final Sunday in Poland busy.  Up early and to church with the kids.  We headed home and had BLT’s and kicked back and watched Babe for the 6th time with Alex.  He really likes that movie a lot. 

After a nap it was off on a long walk of 45 minutes .  The weather has changed dramatically from 88 and clear to 52, cloudy and windy.  Needed a fleece sweater to stay warm.  We then had the second to last birthday dinner for Risa;  tacos, Spanish rice, brownie cake. 

Quiet evening and planning for final shopping for Libby and breakfast out at a café.  Rain?

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Poland

 

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Poland/Switzerland 2012, Day 13…2nd Sunday in Warsaw

Our final Sunday in Poland busy.  Up early and to church with the kids.  We headed home and had BLT’s and kicked back and watched Babe for the 6th time with Alex.  He really likes that movie a lot. 

After a nap it was off on a long walk of 45 minutes .  The weather has changed dramatically from 88 and clear to 52, cloudy and windy.  Needed a fleece sweater to stay warm.  We then had the second to last birthday dinner for Risa;  tacos, Spanish rice, brownie cake. 

Quiet evening and planning for final shopping for Libby and breakfast out a café.  Rain?

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2012 in Poland

 

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Poland/Switzerland, Day 11-12…Poland to Warsaw

poland switzerland 2012 029 (2)We loaded up yesterday and had a very smooth and fast trip back from Switzerland to Poland.  When we arrived the sky opened up and we had a great shower.  It is time to wash clothes at Risa’s house and get ready for the last few days of our trip. 

Looks like the weather looks spectacular today…clear with a high of 78.  Getting ready for a walk.  Had to get a picture of Risa and Alex in here somewhere.

We went this afternoon to old town Warsaw and walked the cobblestonepoland switzerland 2012 020 streets and of course we had a Polish apple tart with ice crème.  Great for the waist line!  We did some grocery shopping and I went on a two mile walk to work on the apple pie.  Here we are in the park near downtown enjoying the outdoors.

We had a quiet evening and are about ready for bed. 

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2012 in Poland

 

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Poland/Switzerland, Day 10…Interlaken and the Real Alps

Neither one of us slept too well last night.   Why? Who knows.  Up at 7poland switzerland 2012 006 a.m. and off at 8 a.m. on the longest day of our trip so far.  We drove somewhere around 200 miles today in a circle route. The weather was clear and warm.  We could see the  Alps from top to bottom.  

We headed into the heart of the Alps in the south and west part of Switzerland.  We came close to the Italian and French borders poland switzerland 2012 023on the trip. 

All of the outdoor persons were out in force especially on their Para-gliders.  The flowers were were everywhere and and it was a great day.  We stopped at a Chateau that was surrounded by vineyards whose leaves were just bursting out.

poland switzerland 2012 026The most interesting was a ride on a train with our car that went through a 7 mile long tunnel through a mountain range.  The tunnel was completely dark the whole way.  What a daypoland switzerland 2012 038 in Switzerland that we found a few words for;  dandelions, mountains, cows, and tunnels.  It also had the best roads we have ever seen. 

Tomorrow back to Poland. 

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2012 in France, Italy, Switzerland

 

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Poland/Switzerland, Day 9…Bern, Rude Waitress,Special Dinner

We woke up to the singing of a 1000 birds this morning even though, the sky was overcast and the Alps had disappeared in the clouds.  Even part of the lake was covered with the clouds. 

poland switzerland 2012 016We ate a light breakfast and loaded up in the car and jumped on the autobahn and headed to Bern(Bear in French).  The closer we got to Bern, the more it cleared up.   Berne is the capital of Switzerland and it showed.  Very sophisticated and old.  We toured the gothic cathedral and it was under construction but looked perfect to us.  Built in the 1400’s out of grey stone and oak.  

About 11 am we decided to have a cup of coffee and stopped in a small café.  We sat down and thepoland switzerland 2012 028 waitress came up and we ordered 4 cups of coffee and a hot chocolate.  She insisted rudely that we must order lunch or no coffee.  poland switzerland 2012 038We insisted nicely we wanted coffee only.  Finally the standoff ended up with for us getting our coffee and chocolate for 5 and the bill was $32.00.  Yep, $32.00 instead of the $140 with lunch/coffee.  Bring money to to eat out in Switzerland.   

We headed out of Bern and stopped in the Freiburg and lunch that wepoland switzerland 2012 053 had packed.  We ate it under a fountain that was build in 1526 and watched the world go by.  Home again to our apartment for a nap and when we woke the sky had completely cleared and the Alps were stunning.

We headed out to the special restaurant that served Marisa’s birthday dinner.  The restaurant “Le Museum” was poland switzerland 2012 051in a basement and it’s specialty was potatoes au gratin made with 10 different cheeses.   It was delicious and not soon to be forgotten.

We then headed down to the lake and took a long walk among the flower gardens and we let Alex run and play with new found friends.  A terrific day in Switzerland.   

 

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2012 in Switzerland

 

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