Travel Thursday

We kicked off the Swiss portion of our trip last September (the main destination) in Zurich.  You guys, Switzerland is for me – trains, things are impeccably on time, everything is clean, and everything seemed gracefully laid out.  Zurich was a beautiful mix of old streetscapes and modern buildings, whimsy (snails and parrots over doorways) and efficiency (mass transit options!), and was full of cheeses, chocolate and wine!  I knew I was in my element when a Toblerone bar was waiting for me on my pillow…

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Travel Thursday

Whoa, photos!  Photos from our two-days in Paris last fall are here for your viewing pleasure.  Being just about the only non-stop international flight one can get out of CVG anymore, Paris was the first stop on our trip.  And, being a holiday weekend, there were lots of familiar faces on the flight (because who doesn’t want to peep on what your work acquaintances selected for their in-flight movie and to show off your best I woke up like this hairdo after an overnight flight?).  Paris was also the first time we’d used AirBnB – and it was a huge success!  The apartment was lovely, off the beaten path, and our host left us a list of hard to find rooftop bars where we stood out like the tourists we were (hard not to do in rain jackets).  Our trip was after the first train attacks but the mood was still pretty easygoing at that point over there.  We didn’t feel any much Parisian snootiness and managed to avoid the con artists at all of the big sites, and we didn’t even get pickpocketed!  One of my irrational fears, naturally.

I fell in love with Europe’s doors, and this is one from the neighborhood of our AirBnB (and some other photos of the neighborhood):

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View from our place:

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Sticking out on the rooftop bar.

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^Not really sure what was going on here, but in pidgin French he understood they wanted a photo.  Bachelorette party, perhaps?  They were rocking 80’s fabulous costumes.

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I was very happy with my breakfast options!  I couldn’t order the quiche, though, because I didn’t know how to ask for a fork…this place was not used to dealing with tourists silly Americans.

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And then we were off to Zurich!

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Mama duck

Phew.  I felt like a mama duck sitting on a nest with these sunflowers.  I planted them well before my due date, months ago at this point, to give me something else to focus on.  They needed tending, watering, and protecting (in the form of fencing made out of dowel rods and fishing line) from the herd of deer that lives in our yard.  I choose my battles with the deer so as to not go crazy from constant defeat, and these sunflowers were all I cared about them not eating this summer.  They nibbled a few, but I salvaged most.  They’ve turned into stunners and are already bumping against our gutters – really tall!  This guy finally decided to bloom overnight:

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Curiously, almost all of the stalks have multiple buds/blooms on them.  I’m used to growing sunflowers with just one huge sunny bloom each, but multiple medium sized blooms are awfully nice, too!  I hope they don’t get top heavy…

Hello, there.

I’ve got a grunty baby strapped to my chest.  I’m sitting on an exercise ball and bouncing, so he hopefully doesn’t realize I sat down.  Speaking of which, I’m sitting in a new house (yes, finding a new name for the blog has been a background stressor since we moved in last winter)And, right before that, we went to Europe and I haven’t shown a single picture from that trip.  I’ve got more posts waiting to escape than could ever be covered in insta’s #tbt.  All are worth their weight, and right now my time in front of the keyboard comes in tiny, tiny bites.  Until I can cover them all properly, a quick post will do.  Hitting “publish” on this one will be an event nearly twelve months in the making – yikes.  Today’s small pleasure, eating a crazy good local peach in between naps, is cause enough for a post.

Husband brought me this beaut simply because it was the only one with a leaf still attached, and he knew I’d love it.  Peach whimsy.

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