Wednesday, June 2, 2010
I heard a pithy saying on one of the expat forums in answer to a poster who was complaining about the lack of a decent springtime. A witty long-timer explained that, in Switzerland, there are only two seasons. Winter and Construction Season. I think the Swiss have decided that the day that the ferries on all the lakes swing into “summer season”, (this year it was April 17th), marks the official day that the cranes, scaffolding and road paving equipment gets dusted off and brought out of winter hibernation. When I woke up on April 17th, five giant cranes had sprung up like crocuses off the view from my patio. I’m like, hey! Construction people! You need to get those cranes out of here because I have guests coming this summer and you are spoiling my view, not to mention the pictures that they will inevitably take and later put on Facebook! Because they are Swiss, however, and I was screaming in English, they did not listen and the cranes are all still there. What to do?
So, right after the crane incident, I convinced Mr. Big that we needed to find somewhere to take our anticipated summer guests up above the clouds for some spectacular views and a little Haute Fondue. (This is my new term, I’m copywriting it right now, this very second. Haute Fondue. Definition, consuming typical Swiss cuisine whilst perched on top of an Alp.) Now, we already know of one place, Rochers-de-Naye, which is the peak up above the city of Montreaux. We took the kids there last year and it was spectacular. We spent the night in a yurt, ate Haute Fondue and hiked down the mountain back into Montreaux. Fun stuff. BUT, we had already taken two sets of guests there last year and if those same guests come back this year, we needed some new tricks up our sleeve, if you will.