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Jul 1, 2013 - Geneva Arrival

Good flight on SwissAir. We arrived in Geneva at about 9:30 AM. The weather is beautiful- sunny, temps in low 80s, cool breezes- huge change from SWEATY New York! The car rental was out of the type we had reserved, so they upgraded us to a Mercedes station wagon. John really hates the car. He says it has more controls than the Space Shuttle used to have. We had to ask the rental guy how to get it in gear! Anyway, we made it into France and have stopped for the night. We are exhausted from no sleep. John went to sleep in the motel office!...

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May 31, 2013 - Morges

Slept a wonderfully long 12 hours. With the weather pretty cool and rainy, we opted to just visit Morges for some shopping and hope for a sunnier day tomorrow. Jose cooked a lovely lunch meal including deer meat and fussili de chocolat (chocolate pasta). Photo attached. Everything in Switzerland can have chocolate!

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May 30, 2013 - Arrive in Geneva

Arrived in Geneva, after an 8 hour trip from Atlanta,(including two movies, Life of Pi and Argot). We did a slight splurge on the Economy Comfort seats where a little extra leg room and the free cognac was kind of nice. Jose was kind enough to pick us up at the airport for the ride to her home in Saint Sulpice. Not much sleep for us on the plane but we stayed awake with great conversation and a walk along the shore of the lake. In the bed by 7:30 local time.

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May 8, 2013 - Switzerland

After a nice drive thru southern Germany along the Rhine we crossed over into Switzerland. This is the first official border crossing we have encountered as due to the EU there are no longer any check points or customs, in most cases the only reason we have known we have even crossed the border is because our mobile phones beep and we get a message from the phone company telling us we are now in another country and our phone bills will be higher. But not Switzerland, we got to the border control on the motorway and had to pay 40 Swiss...

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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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