After lots of French fun, it was back to the Swissland for another long holiday weekend. This time, to celebrate Whitsun Day, which is apparently 50 days after Easter, or Pentecost. My first order of business was to find a table for the terrace to get ready for summertime. It was a bit of a debacle in French, but we are ready for summer barbecues!
Next up, raclette with visitors!
Saturday afternoon was the perfect opportunity for a hike in Les Pleiades followed by blogging on the patio. What a beautiful day!
One of the unexpected elements of life as an expat is the transient nature of the environment. I’ve been here seven months, and I’ve already said good-bye to so many friends. Saturday night was another “good-bye” dinner. We had Thai food by the water and bid farewell to a couple of our favorites. They will be missed!
This was also the weekend when the vineyards opened in the Lavaux region. The vineyards stretch between Vevey and Lausanne, and most Swiss wine is produced in this region. The vineyards are planted in the side of the mountain overlooking the lake, and they are breathtaking! I had another visitor from Purina in St. Louis, which made the excursion even more fun! You can tell how hot it was by the photo showing one of us plunging into the lake at the end!
Another Purina friend arrived on Monday, and we enjoyed the beautiful day by visiting the St. Bernard museum in Grand St. Bernard Pass. Sadly, it was a bit of a disappointment, because you aren’t allowed to touch or play with the dogs.
We went for a walk in Montreaux along the lake. And of course, I had to show them the fork & Charlie Chaplain in Vevey.
We ended the weekend with dinner at my house…and by taking a blurry selfie with a view! Hooray for 11 Purina visitors in the past few months!