Bonne Annee! Happy New Year, everybody! Well, we had quite a time over the holidays with all three children, one new fiancée and her two children incorporated into the mix. Trying to get eight people up, motivated and all moving in the same general direction was a challenge every day but we somehow managed to do a little skiing, a little sightseeing and a lot of eating. Isn’t that the definition of a great European vacation—the time spent between meals?
It is always fun to watch Euro Newbies react to stuff that we don’t think twice about anymore. Ms. Fiancee and The Instant Grands have rarely travelled outside of South Carolina, let alone across the pond. There were some quizzical looks as to why we were traveling in two cars. We had rented the biggest bus available for rent to a non-commercial entity for our group but it still wasn’t big enough to fit all of us, our skis and our luggage. A “big” vehicle in Europe is not the same thing as a “big” vehicle in America. I know Ms. Fiancee was thinking, um, why didn’t you just rent a bigger bus? She is, however, a polite and sweet girl and she refrained from pointing out the obvious.
So, I had to drive our regular car from Switzerland to France following the Griswold-mobile.
The next day was a major disaster and it was all my fault.
Luckily, Small Son was unaffected by the altitude and set me straight. He put his two hands on my shoulders and looked me directly in the eyes. “Mom. This. Is. A. Very. Bad. Idea.” By this time, the little 4 year old was practically comatose.
NOTE TO SELF: Do not bring people who live at or below sea level to the top of the Alps on the very first day of their visit. It might result in a very short visit.
I did not let them know until after the vacation was over that 50 people actually had to be extracted via helicopter harness from the gondola in Zermatt two days after our own misadventure. That would have just been the icing on the cake. I’d never see Domestic Son and his entourage ever again.
Do you want to hear more about the Griswold’s family vacation or do you want to hear about how the world’s most electronically challenged person attempts to use a fancy, digital camera? Let me know!