Adventures living as expats.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Frankfurt and Switzerland

We enjoyed our time last summer in Paris and Italy so much that we knew we wanted to return to Europe this summer.  After much deliberation and a check of direct flights from Taipei, we decided on Germany.  While planning our trip we had two Bavaria experts advising us on the best towns and we're so thankful for all the great tips from Johann and Bianka.  We had a smooth flight from Taipei to Frankfurt and even scored a "family couch" after Jeff announced that I was VERY pregnant (at only 5 months) to the kind lady checking us in.  I've never been able to sleep on a plane very well but the couch was so comfy that I managed to score a few hours of sleep next to Jeff who snored for 12 of the 13 hour flight.  

We stayed a few days in Frankfurt with our friends from Jakarta, Angela and Greg, who originally inspired Jeff to become a cocktail mixologist about a year ago when they hosted a dinner party that included a full menu of cocktails.  
Historic plaza and church in Frankfurt
First beer in Germany!
Can't pass up the pretzels!
On our second day in Frankfurt, Angela offered to take us on a ferry along the Rhine River where you could view dozens of castles along the way.   This had been one of the activities that Jeff had thought we didn't have time for so it turned out to be such a nice adventure.  Greg even grilled us some brats that evening along with an amazing spread of salad, mustards, sauerkraut, and German potato salad.  

Angela and I enjoying a little town along the Rhine
One of the many picturesque castles we saw along the river 
After our quick Frankfurt visit, we bid our hosts "auf wiedersehen" and boarded a train to Bern, Switzerland.  We had some beautiful weather for our stay there and enjoyed a walking tour that Jeff narrated along the way as well as some of the best gelato we've ever had.  
Beautiful views of Bern 
Clocktower with astronomical clock in Bern
 Next on our itinerary was a visit to Zermatt to see the Matterhorn.  We were warned about the the prices in Switzerland but were still struck by sticker shock and determined that the Matterhorn was probably a "once in a lifetime" trip mostly for financial reasons.  The views were of course jaw dropping and reminded us of how beautiful Mt. Hood is during the winter.
Beautiful Matterhorn
On our way up to the viewing platform
I managed to waddle along on a 1.5 hr hike and really enjoyed the beautiful scenery 
Jeff is pumped to be out on the trail, I opted to post this picture instead of his yodeling video which sent all wildlife scurrying away in a panic  

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