Saturday, July 20, 2024

Paris, France-Day 7

Since we were so close, we took a day trip to Paris. The train from Strasbourg to Paris was only 1 1/2 hours. We had journeyed through Paris about 8 years ago and wanted to go back and see explore. Unfortunately the Olympics are happening in just a week and everything is so barricaded/blocked off. It was quite the challenge to be able to see any of the attractions but when we finally got to the Eiffel Tower we just sat underneath and enjoyed the day.  

8 years ago



Our view for a few hours

Tay got us some more gelato-strawberry and raspberry this time. 





Never a bad day when you get to see the Eiffel Tower


Strasbourg, France-Day 6

Day 6- Strasbourg, France

Walked 11km and covered pretty much all of Strasbourg. A Notre Dame is also here but we decided not to tour the inside. We took a little train around the city and had an audio tour to tell us little tid bits about the city. We walked to Parc de L’Orangie (long walk) and enjoyed a rest and fed the ducks. Dinner at China Wok. 

So many beautiful swans on the lakes

Building structures were so beautiful


Notre Dame

Not sure what this was but it was but enjoyed finding it on the walk to the Parc de L’Orangie

Feeding the ducks at the park


A little gelato (mango and raspberry) to cool us off

 

Switzerland to France-Day 5

Seriously so sad to leave Switzerland but off to a new journey…

Our Swiss travel pass ended so bought a Eurail Global Pass for 4 days that allowed me to travel between countries for 4 days of my choosing. This is how we got from Thun to Strasbourg.

Day 5-train from Thun to Strasbourg (3 hours with a changeover in Basel)

Hotel Le Bristol was a quick 5 minute walk from the train station. Explored Strasbourg a bit, the Le Petit area. Dinner at a little Mexican spot Lacocina. 

Our hotel was so close to the train station which was amazing. 


Cute little town

The Olympics are coming to France if you haven’t heard 

The Notre Dame Cathedral in Strasbourg

Exploring with my girl

Switzerland-Day 4

 Day 4-Wengen, Männlichen, Klein Scheidegg, Grindelwald, Pfingstegg 


We took the train to Wengen and the gondola to. Mannlichen. We hiked from Mannlichen to Klein Scheidegg…this was one of our favorite hikes. There was a huge metal cow slide at the top and even found snow on our walk. We caught a train from Kleine Scheidegg to Grindelwald. Grindelwald was the little town I wanted to visit so much and was super cute. We did the majority of our souvenir shopping here. We took the bus to Pfingstegg and took the gondola (ride on top) up to do the mountain coaster and Fly Line (this was more expensive than I would’ve like with the gondola but was super fun). 

Wengen


We paid little extra and got to ride on top of the gondola. 


A huge cow slide. Climb up the back and slide out the  front.

Hike from Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg was my absolute favorite despite the cloud coverage of the mountain tops. 




We found snow




Had to try these Swiss chips, so yummy


Spa 


We took the train down to Grindelwald




Mountain coaster

Fly line




Switzerland-Day 3

Switzerland Day 3-Thun Castle, Kanderstag, Oeschinensee Lake


We did a little thrift store shopping in Thun, explored the city, and toured Thun Castle. The castle was not too impressive but the view out the window of the top turret was amazing of Thun and Lake Thun. 

We took the train to Kanderstag (would love to stay in this cute town). Took the gondola up and hiked to Oeschinensee Lake (stunning!!)

Streets of Thun

Fresh water everywhere to fill your bottles

View of Thun from the top of Thun castle

Read Thun tradition below…so interesting. 

Thun tradition of the mask

Train to Kanderstag

Hiking through Kanderstag



Gondola from Kanderstag to Oeschinensee 

Hiked from gondola to Oeschinensee Lake



Oeschinensee lake


We would try out a new Swiss chocolate every day

Swiss cows-love hearing their bells ringing all across the mountains