Friday, July 22, 2011

Love being Swiss tourists

This is only our second summer that my parents' have had the family chalet,
so we are still getting to know the area.  We love discovering new outings.
This one is to St Leonard Underwater Lake, the biggest one in Europe.
Very cool to take a tour in a boat undergound.

The kids LOVED the Swiss Vapor museum, you can ride all sorts of MINI trains
....old steamers, modern Golden Pass, traditional red mountain finuculars etc. 

You can get off various train stops and visit different parts of Little Switzerland. 
Everthing is just the perfect size for my kids, but especially Niko.
Who knew that being a tourist in your home country could be so much FUN!

Family time at the Chalet

We had a great first week up at the family chalet.
We have had lots of bonding time with the Hiatt cousins.

These ponies are just up the street from us and the kids insist on feeding them apples everday...

Good thing Uncle Tom was around to help us up some very steep climbing on our family hike.

The kids loved Forest Adventure, Ethan was TOO BIG for the kids' course
and went solo on the adult area.  He did so well!

We love being outdoors all day long in Switzerland....

Here is a photo of the village of Ovronnaz, a few minutes away from the chalet
where I pick up our daily bread and yummy picnic treats.

I love being a "local" as we discover the great things to see and do in the Valais region.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Cassis France

We discovered the seaside town of Cassis a few years ago.  
We love this place because it is small in size, quaint as can be and so very local...  
perfect for a family with young kids.

Every night there is an arts & craft market along the waterfront:

the influence of the Roman Empire on this town and how
it became somewhat famous because Antoine de St Exupery's plane crash was nearby.

that are wonderful to visit by boat

Kids loved the Cassis beach of course....

...and I loved the North African influence in the area.

we are in this area (mussels and fries)

Nice Cote d'Azure

Nice is one of my favorite cities in the Cote d'Azur because I grew up
going to this area every summer.  You get the beauty of Provence
just inland a little and the beauty of Mediterranean living.

Mateo & kids at the Baie des Anges

 Trying out our favorite beaches....Villefranche sur Mer is so pictoresque:

Antibes has the best sand:

Nice is too rocky for us, but a GREAT place to people watch:

And a great Pietons Zone to walk around, watch troubadours, eat ice cream and just enjoy life.

We ended up at the Place Massena almost daily b-c the kids loved watching the street dancers.

I am not ashamed to say we breakfasted, lunched and dinnered on desserts all week long:

Great outings in the we are in Monte Carlo - Monaco,
we were able to see some royal wedding festivities.

one of our earliest European dates together