There are so many thoughts swirling through my head, as I was without a computer most of the time, and haven't had the opportunity to process what I saw/learned/thought/did, in writing. Patience will have to be my guide, until our house is in some kind of order.
David and Gregg are at their respective jobs. It's drizzling (for those of you who don't live in the Pacific NW, that means a light rain, LOW clouds & dampness). The plants are loving it; the weeds have had free reign for 3 weeks - I will be getting my hands on them soon! This weather is a bit of a shock, after the 80 - 100+ degree temperatures we experienced on our vacation, but it's conducive to a quiet day of catching up on chores. Before I go back to work, I want to reflect a bit upon what we've been up to...
We started our trip in Alsace-Lorraine, the part of France from which my great-grandmother came, and stayed in the city of Strasbourg.
From there, we went to Switzerland, to the Berner Oberland, where we stayed in Grindelwald, looking up at the legendary & beautiful Eiger each day, & hiking.
Next, we drove through the mountains and into Italy, to stay at Lake Como, in the tiny town of Loveno, near Menaggio.
From there, we drove to the Ligurian coast (Italy), and the town of Levanto, so that we could hike through the breathtaking Cinque Terre.
After Levanto, we drove to Monaco & the French Riviera, where we stayed in Antibes/Juan les Pins.
From Antibes, we drove to Provence, to stay in St. Remy. We enjoyed a visit with the family who had hosted David during his school trip this spring. After staying in St. Remy, we dropped the car off in Avignon, and boarded the TGV for Paris.
This trip was conceived a year ago, when Gregg decided that he had better use his accumulated "airline miles" sooner, rather than later. We booked the flights using those miles last summer, and then spent the ensuing months doing research on lodging, routes and things to do. Some of the places were familiar to us, and some were new. We enjoyed sharing our love of travel and European culture with our son. It was a privilege and an adventure for which we are all thankful.