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Jan 17, 2013 - Western Spirit Heads for Geneva!!

Yes, the balloon is on it's way to Geneva! Jon and Tracy worked very hard to build this wonderful crate to keep the Western Spirit safe, dry and warm on it's trip to Switzerland (via Cincinnati and Leipzig in East Germany). Jon is working with DHL and the freight forwarder (thanks, Patrick for your great work and contacts at DHL!) to move our shipment smoothly to Geneva.

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Sep 14, 2012 - Geneva, Switzerland

We arrived in Geneva Thursday afternoon. The weather was still cool (low 60s) and very windy. Everyone is now speaking French, Swiss or German and we feel lost again. The train station is big and confusing, seeming to be mixed up with a shopping mall. We finally found our way out and located the local tourist information center. They are wonderful. With a little assistance and a city map, we found our way to the hotel - a nice 20 minute walk. The Hotel Calvy is a little out of the way and rather spartan, but the staff spoke English and was...

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Sep 13, 2012 - Switzerland

We are now in Switzerland.  The train crossed part of the Alps.  The scenery was amazing.  Picture the north cascades but more rugged and high, with mostly deciduous trees.  Then add some wide valleys that look kind of like Wenatchee with grapes and espalied fruit trees terraced up steep slopes. There are many gondolas going to small communities up the mountains. The Alps are now behind us, and we have come out on Lake Geneva.  It is really a big and surrounded by mountains.  There is mostly French being spoken on the train now, just as...

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Apr 19, 2012 - Turning 60 in Chatel

Mark was very happy to be spending his big zero birthday in a foreign country and knew he would be foregoing the usual celebrations such as a fancy dinner somewhere, lots of phone calls etc. He was hoping for some French champagne but even that didn't happen. What he did get was four pairs of colorful striped socks, hugs from Fernando from Chile, Happy Birthday sung in Swedish, sung again by an Australian, Wendy and again by the whole collection of delegates at dinner with two sparklers in his piece of chocolate cake which was our dessert...

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Apr 16, 2012 - Geneva

Well the rain has followed us south and we didn't see Geneva in the sunshine. We were told it is possible to see Mt Blanc from Geneva but despite seeing a few snowy,steep mountains the cloud cover stayed too low. The climate has been doing funny things here too and the locals told us we should have been there in February when they had warm and sunny weather. A bit like our August last winter! We don't let a bit of cloud and rain worry our sightseeing and it was never heavy anyway. Geneva is only a small city of under 200,000. It is an...

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Apr 2, 2012 - Arrival in Switzerland and preparation ( April 2-23)

I arrived in switzerland on April 2nd and I spent 3 weeks getting material and visiting the area. I went around the lake and biked around to train and see what things I was missing. Its funny because even though I was training I still managed to gain a few kilos( must be the wine, beer, and fondue). The weather was a bit cold with some rain, hail, and snow. My dad lives higher up at around 1000 meters in altitude so I definetely felt the cold and was a challenge to bike up to . I also took this time to visit friends and see my dad, brother...

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Jan 9, 2012 - Flying out

Sadly, this is the last entry for our travels. In a couple of hours we'll be heading home. Six hour flight to Abu Dhabi, overnight stay, then 14 hours to Sydney - something to look forward to. So, our grand tour. Where did we go? What did we see? Everywhere, everything, and at the same time not enough. Some 7000 kilometers, 9 different countries, numerous hotels, restaurants, museums, etc etc. Seems like we have done everything, but at the some time done not nearly enough. Still, there's always next time.

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Nov 25, 2011 - Geneva

At last - Geneva!! End of the flying part of the trip (until we return that is). We're both pretty shagged by now. The worst has happened!! Lost luggage!! Only one of our bags has turned up. Unfortunately it was the bag with the bulk of our clothes in it. We should have been expecting the worst when Virgin couldn't check the bags past Sydney, so they had to do a work around. Ah well, what can you do? Just shrug the shoulders and continue on. Anyway, we lodged a lost claim with the airport, found the car hire place, and continued on to...

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Jul 18, 2011 - We are in Geneva!

It was a busy morning, but we made it to Geneva! The plan was to be at the metro at 6:45AM and we were there with time to spare. Then we met up with Titi Mimi at the stop and it was smoothe sailing (or should I say 'rail-ing'?) all the way to the airport. A quick stop at the check-in counters of Ryanair and Easyjet to make sure the bags were within the size limit for our flights during the trip and we were through security and onto the plane with relative ease. The Easyjet flight left at 8:55AM, about 15 minutes late, but we arrived in...

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Jul 16, 2011 - Annecy

Another slow morning and then we get in the car and drive to Annecy. It’s a beautiful French village set amongst huge mountains with a lake in the middle. We hired a pedalo and had lots of fun swimming out in the middle of the lake and jumping off the pedalo. Lunch was a baguette and a gelato. We walked around the village and then back to Geneva for a salad dinner!!!!! Switzerland is an incredible country. It is soo beautiful and the people are friendly and so well educated. The country is very wealthy – luckily for them as the prices here...

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Jul 15, 2011 - Geneva

Another relaxed morning and then a walk into Geneva to look at the old town with our own tour guide. We found the Laudree shop with the best Macarons in the world – man they were good! The flavours were licorice, chocolate, raspberry, green apple, rose, caramel, Madagascar chocolate, coconut and lemon & thyme – we can still imagine the taste in our mouths they were soo good. The old town is very pretty, with stone buildings and church bells ringing. It was back to the Swatch Watch Shop as Nicola couldn’t stop thinking about a watch she had...

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Jul 14, 2011 - Geneva

We walked into Geneva (Aline’s house is only 2 km from the city centre). First we went to the huge fountain in the middle of the lake and stood underneath it, walked around the lake and watched a man playing a Swiss horn, saw the huge clock made out of flowers and then the kids headed straight for the Swatch Watch Shop. They had already decided that this was to be their birthday presents this year. It took a while but they both came away with great watches. Nicola nearly did but not quite! We came back to Aline’s for a pasta lunch and then...

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