Joseph and I spent months planning our 10th anniversary trip. 7 cities, 7 plane rides, 8 hotels, and 18 days. There was a lot do work out. This quick trip to Switzerland was one of our last editions, and we really did it for one reason: we wanted a snowy winter wonderland.
Unfortunately, as happens in travel, our 24 hours in Switzerland were all rainy. Rainy and cold. We landed on a Sunday and left the next Monday. There wasn’t much for us to do, especially since the one place on our list (United Nations) had closed for the season three days earlier.
We stayed in just about the cutest hotel imaginable, Hotel Edelweiss. The whole place smelled like cinnamon – that’s basically a dream come true for me! A warm, welcoming refuge to the rainy days outside.
Everyone we met in Geneva was unbelievably nice – when I asked the woman who checked us into the hotel if they had a spare umbrella, she offered to lend me hers if I could return it before the end of her shift. It wasn’t raining much – just a cold heavy sprinkling. So utilized my hood and all was well. We spent Sunday afternoon walking through the city and taking in the sites (of which there are admittedly few).
Geneva is a wonderful place to walk around at night – there are so many lights decorating the city. It’s beautiful! Switzerland is notoriously expensive, so we had a hard time finding a place to eat dinner. We ended up at Parfums de Beyrouth, a Lebanese restaurant. It was delicious. When can I go back?
One thing that stuck out to us: there are a lot of sad statues in Geneva! I only started taking photos when I noticed the theme, so there are a few missing. I beckon you to keep an eye out for more sad statues should you visit Geneva.
The next morning we were off! We started a journey we were really, really looking forward to – a four hour train ride through the Alps to Milan. When we lived in Italy, we drove through the Alps several times to visit Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. The roads were treacherous, and we had a particularly bad time during a snow storm once, but the view was always magnificent. This is one of our favorite memories from our time abroad. Unfortunately, again, we didn’t get the winter wonderland we anticipated. It was so foggy for most of the ride! But the rest of the journey was beautiful.
We had to pick up some snacks for the journey, of course! That package of “Ministollen” that we got from a grocery store tasted amazing!! It was a dense cake filled with dried fruits and topped with a sugar frosting. And the package label leads me to believe it had marzipan in there somewhere. I’m not sure. But it was good! I have a feeling the recipes I’ve found online for this treat will taste very different than the prepackaged one we bought.