Trip Start Apr 29, 2006
143Trip End Nov 15, 2007
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Liechtenstein, a tiny principality between Germany and Switzerland was well worth a look, and we were passing anyway so we made a point of calling in. Because it is so small, (160 sq km) we thought we'd assist the economy a little by stopping in the capital, Vaduz for a coffee and (you guessed it, some cake!) Des had a yummy apple strudel and I had sponge cake with cream and a layer of green marzipan on the top, very spekkie. Swiss Francs is used in Liechtenstein, and I love the way the teller tells me, "Yes, we use Swiss Francs here and the Swiss use our currency too" It's about .90c CHF to our 1$AUS.
I hope everyone enjoyed the numerous post cards I sent from Liechtenstein, I guess they'd be a bit of a rarity for most people.
We passed through the middle of the huge Hilti factory which takes up both sides of the road. I tried to get Des to call in and thank them for their magnificent tools and fixings which we use a lot in our factory, but he was too shy.
Liechtenstein has a monarchy and we saw Prince Hans Adam II's 12th century Castle Vaduz on the hill over the town, but didn't meet any royalty as we hadn't informed them we were coming. His son Prince Alois has been in charge of the day to day running of the country and its 33,000 inhabitants since 2004. The language spoken here is German and the main export is Dental Equipment. The Swiss and the 'Liechtensteinians' are known for their fine motor engineering and small parts industries and mechanics.
It was a beautiful drive into Switzerland. Such fine weather and the motorway was a breeze after the narrow, windy roads of the previous day. We arrived into Brienz Caravan Park, as arranged with our 2004 Rotary Exchange Student 'daughter' Sue, only to almost run over Sue's mother on her push bike as she was riding out to check if we were coming yet. Esther was fabulous and we had a great meal with the 6 of us, which included Sue's brother Mateo. (Sue, or rather 'Miss Swiss' as Des calls her, was working at the time). Everyone brought something to the table and we were introduced to the local soft drink made from milk product called 'Rivella', it tastes like creaming soda but not as sweet, and looks like beer.