Friday Postcard from an NYC family trip to Switzerland

 In Destinations, Europe

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.

Lucerne

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.

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.

Lucerne

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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Anna Julien
I am a first time New York City Mom sharing a lighthearted view on the roller coast ride of pregnancy and motherhood. You can find me strollin' the busy streets of NYC with my baby girl and always on my own site- The Baby Bump Diaries.
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  • Mary {The World Is A Book}
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    Your photos are beautiful and truly captured the scenic vistas I have longed to see. What a great trip and even more meaningful with the story of your grandmother you shared.

  • Michele {Malaysian Meanders}
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    This is such a sweet story. It must have been so moving to actually see the place where your grandmother lived. Your photos are beautiful, and I can almost hear the cow bells ringing. (Please excuse my linking up 2 posts. I accidentally did the one from last week.)

  • Corinne
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    Anna, I love, love, love Switzerland. We have met such friendly, open people there. We just love it. It is beautiful!

  • Marisol@TravelingSolemates
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    Hi Anna, I can just imagine how moving it must have been to finally visit Switzerland after hearing many stories about it as a child. It must be like a story book coming to life. Your trip sounds wonderful and very picturesque from what I can see from your stunning photos. It must have made your grandma happy knowing that you finally saw the beautiful country where she came from .

  • SJ @ Chasing the Donkey
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    How wonderful to see the place of your Grandmother. And so great to read about a place that does not come up to often on travel blogs!!

  • Kara {Our Whole Village}
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    How amazing that, after all those years of hearing your grandmother’s stories, you finally were able to travel to Switzerland. And, it must have been all the more special to be there with you husband and daughter!

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