Friday Postcard from an NYC family trip to Switzerland
I recently took a trip with my husband and 17-month-old daughter to visit Switzerland, a country with deep rooted family ties. My 93-year-old grandmother was born and raised outside of Zurich. I grew up listening to her tell stories about life in Switzerland in a thick European accent. Beginning at the age of 5 and continuing for most of my life, Switzerland took on a magical quality, a place I’d only heard of in stories and seen in pictures. When I finally had the opportunity to visit the country myself almost 25 years later, I realized not a word of her stories were untrue, Switzerland is truly as beautiful as she had described for all those years.
A trip to Zurich and Lake Lucerne
My family and I visited Zurich for a little less than 48 hours, but really enjoyed our time in the bustling metropolis. Despite the on-and-off-again rain, we spent the majority of our time roaming the streets taking in the city sights and stopping for an occasional chocolate treat. We toured the modern art museum Kunsthaus Zurich, visited several fantastic children shops, and walked along the breathtakingly beautiful Lake Zurich.
Shortly after we arrived in Zurich, we boarded a train headed south to Lake Lucerne. The lake-side city is simply stunning, easily one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. Our hotel, like many others, was located on the side of a mountain overlooking the lake – a postcard perfect view. While in Lucerne we took a boat ride around the lake and rode a train to the top of Mount Rigi, a part of the Swiss Alps. The view from the top of the mountain and the faint sound of cow bells in the distance created a really special moment for me, one in which I will treasure for the rest of my life.
While the trip to Switzerland was amazing, it was a little bitter sweet for me now that my grandmother has gotten much older (credit savannah). With her memory fading and eyesight dwindling, it’s difficult for her at this stage in life, but I am so thankful I was able to tell her I visited Switzerland. After all these years of wondering, I finally visited her beloved country and undoubtably left behind a piece of my heart.
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