|sights seen on our cross-country adventuring|
Over a period of seven days, our final days abroad, we visited four cities and moved between two countries. We dropped Scott and Steph off in Geneva and then made our way to Lousanne, Switzerland. Aside from excellent views of Lake Geneva and endless vineyards, we were also able to take in a few other sights, namely the Chateau Chillon and the Musee Olympique. We were at the chateau early and missed much of the crowd, which made for a quiet and near-solo castle experience. As for the Olympic Museum, we'd surely have spent another two hours there if we had the time. There was a lot of history packed into the exhibits, some of which I remember, which I think makes me old...
After our short stay in Switzerland, which was both beautiful and expensive, we made our way to a town that has long been on our must-visit list, Fontainebleau. For climbers, it's a special sort of heaven; and while we didn't have a lot of time to scope out the fabulous French town, we were very lucky to run into an American with extra bouldering mats and an eager desire to speak English. We spent the morning climbing, and by lunch time, we had sore fingers and big ol' smiles on our faces. Just when it seems I think that climbing need not be a central aspect of my life, moments like this creep up and remind me that this little world of small-shoed, chalky-handed people is a wild and wonderful one I cannot live without. Thanks for the life lesson, the sore muscles, and the great desire to come back soon, Fontainebleau!
|just a boy and his toys|
Paris was our final destination, and with four days in the city and plenty of sights to see, we certainly didn't find much down time to end our vacation. Despite our limited time and our readiness to return to the normalcy and routine of life at home, we made it to the Eiffel Tower (the nighttime view is great), the Orsay and the Louvre, Versailles, and Notre Dame. We walked the Champs Elysees and climbed to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. We strolled through the city at night and continued the trend of enjoying pain au chocolat and bubble water for breakfast. We may have been tired, but we dominated being tourists, I'd say.
|not a bad first sight in Paris|
|champagne atop the Eiffel Tower|
|underneath the Arc de Triomphe|