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Switzerland… Eggerstanden

And then…

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…Eggerstanden.  Just like we remember it – just like it has been for hundreds of years: tidy and sweet and hard at work being beautifully perfect.  The children were thrilled to have a place to run and play, and playmates too!

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Our hotel/guesthouse is just around the corner from our friends- again, beautifully, perfectly, Swiss.

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Our rooms are full of light – we have windows on three sides and a gorgeous view in every direction.

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Mountains and cows and tidy houses with painted shuttered and geraniums spilling over the sills…

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The floors are wide old planks polished smooth with years of life that creak with every step. The sound of a real house! After unloading our assorted items we walked back through the tiny town to eat with the family. (Another meal consumed so quickly I don’t have photos to share!) Creamy potatoes – scalloped triestina style – carrots, beans, and an oven roasted meat dish that managed to combine three separate styles of pork into one entree…  I am crossing my fingers in the hope that I will remember how to recreate it.  We finished the evening with homemade cookies from one of the Omas; these I managed to photograph before too many of them were eaten!

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After dinner the children played a (sort of) familiar game…

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Well fed, we went to bed in our sweet charming Swiss guest house with the wooden floors and slanted ceilings and bright beautiful windows, to listen to the church bells ring us to sleep in our fluffy nest of cotton linens and feather duvets. Lucky, lucky me…

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…and then we woke up to the lovely church bells just outside the window – one of my favourite sounds. Breakfast in the guesthouse – meat, cheese, bread, juice, yogurt and hot coffee with warm frothy milk. Perfect on a rainy day.

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Next up: the cable car to Ebenalp and a walk past Wildchirchli to the restaurant built into a mountain. Just the tiniest bit of rain – not nearly enough to dampen our spirits – we celebrated with hot chocolate and cards.

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(This tiny friend was waiting for us on our way out…)

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For dinner we drove in a caravan to a tiny mountain top restaurant with a stunning alpine view at sunset and the craziest windstorm too…

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(Look Mimi!  Just like your house!)

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The most fun was trying to read a menu entirely in Swiss German, and then hoping we knew what we had ordered.  The upside of that gamble is there are no bad options – everything is delicious all the time.  It’s Switzerland – these people take their meals very seriously!

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(This is my favourite beer label – only because on my first trip to Switzerland I actually hiked up the mountain to this exact lake and ate at an amazingly delicious restaurant looking at this exact view… I have a picture of my hot/sweaty/red-faced self standing exactly where the people are standing in this picture!)

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Funnily enough, after all the Swiss dogs we have spotted on our holiday so far, we have not seen any in actual Switzerland.  This is the closest we came:

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We left the restaurant to find this amazing sunset (and a windstorm that we have tried to describe endlessly without success…)

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Early to bed in anticipation of another day of adventures to come!  (Heaven= listening for the church bells in a mountain of cotton, goose down and feathers. Amazing.)

Just at the edge of my consciousness, though, is a growing feeling that the season is changing around me…

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