Hi there. How are you?
My family and I took an unforgettable trip to Switzerland this summer. It's so damn idyllic there that it was difficult to whittle down the photos to a manageable number for this post. In true Johnson/Johansson style, this trip was jam packed with activities.
Our trip started in Stettlen, just outside of Bern, to visit these two cuties (my niece and nephew) and their parents. Even the view from their house is lovely. You can see the alps in the background.
Matt and I were the first of the family to arrive, so we got to enjoy a private tour of Bern with Matt's brother Luke, his wife Cindy, and their kiddies, William and Kendall.
Next to arrive was Jack (my stepson) and Matt's parents. They had just finished up their week long trip to France and Germany. (That was his high school graduation present. How cool is that?!?) The celebration of Jack's graduation continued in Switzerland with tacos and ice cream cake. ( A very traditional Swiss meal. HA!)
We took a walk around Solothurn, and hiked the 249 narrow stairs up to the top of the St. Ursen Cathedral for some spectacular views. Then it was a quick drive to Stansstad to visit a lakeside WWII era bunker. I had to snap a photo of the typewriter that I saw there. In fact, it was the only photo I took there.
We ended the day in Lucerne, where we picked up Carrie and Rick who had just arrived in Switzerland. (Matt's sister and brother-in-law.) We had a lovely Swiss meal filled with sausages, pretzels, potatoes and beer.
The following day we had another adventure, albeit a soggy one. The pouring rain couldn't keep us from a trip up in the Bernese Alps. We took the gondola up to Murren, which even in the rain, was adorable and majestic.
Stop it Switzerland
The rain started to subside a bit, so we decided to hike down the mountain to Gimmewald. The views were so unreal and I kept saying "Stop it Switzerland." The beauty was totally overwhelming. I felt like I needed to stop every few feet to take a photo. The further down we descended, the more it cleared up. It made for some killer views!
Cue the deluge of beauty.......
Seriously. Stop it Switzerland!
A Break at the Pub
By the time we reached Gimmelwald the rain had ceased and the clouds had lifted. We stopped at an adorable pub for drinks and then took some more incredible photos outside.
Kendall is my Muse
Can you tell I love snapping photos of my niece Kendall. She loves to pose for me!
Well, that was just the first THREE days of the trip.
I'm exhausted from going through all these photos and reliving this unforgettable trip. I'll have to finish up this recap in another post.