Day one in Switzerland

Trip Start Oct 11, 2012
Trip End Oct 25, 2012

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Flag of Switzerland  , Basel,
Wednesday, October 17, 2012

It is 930 am right now and Amanda and I are enjoying some quiet time. We have been so busy that rest has gone to the wayside. Amanda feels better this am and slept well. I would hate for her to fly home tomorrow and feel poopy. I am sad that she is leaving. We had so much fun, and am going to focus on us having a blast today!!
This hotel is amazing! We decided to be physical and go swimming. We went into this posh locker room and headed for the pool. It was beautiful! Very modern art. We were the youngest ones there. That would normally be fine but when we decided to go to the steam shower we got more than we bargained for. We knew that the steam shower and sauna were sans bathing suit, but when we went to rinse off before we we went in we were greeted by a few old men in the buff. I know I am supposed to be more professional but it totally caught me off guard. We passed on the sauna and went back for another swim. So mature....I know. It is now forever burned in my retina!!
We got ready and headed to the city center and saw markets and beautiful buildings and went to Münster. It is an amazing cathedral on the River. It was beautiful out and we could see the mountains in the back ground. I am putting a trip towards the alps on my list for this week. Marlin and I had a change of plans and are not going to be staying in Freiburg Germany. We have been running ragged and we will be staying in Basle until Sunday where we will move on to Zurich for a couple days and see more of Switzerland. I am going to try and track down some family!
Amanda and I are actually headed to Bolwiller which is close to Ensisheim where Marlin is working. We are meeting up with him there and headed to wine tasting!
We made it! It was a quick trip to Bolwiller. I love the train system. We were picked up at the station by Marlin and his French project manager Gilles (jills) and we went to wine tasting in the Mure winery. Gilles taught us about French wine and the tip of the year...pretty much any French wine from 2009 is going to be excellent!! I am going to have to talk to my Meijer wine guy!! We had Pino Noir, Riesling, Pino Gris and dessert wines. I can honestly say that a buzz you get from good wine is totally different. We talked About how in Michigan and most of the USA that has wineries, they actually water the crops. Here it is all Mother Nature and if they have a low yield it is a smaller batch and more concentrate. Both Amanda and I are rethinking our boxed wine we have in the fridge!! Maybe I'll switch to the jugs? We did buy a couple bottles and hopefully they make it home!
Next we went to this restaurant in Sundhoeffen. It is this cute little French/German cottage with pots and pans hanging from the ceiling. Now we started dinner at 7pm. We had a onion and bacon flambé, escargot, foie gra and maybe 75 loaves of bread. We are getting really good at sharing here. I had filet of beef with blue cheese sauce and this purée cauliflower. Whoa! amanda had veal tenderloin with a citrus gravy and marlin had a beef too with yummy gravy and what looked like cheese...weird! Gilles was In charge of the wine and we had 3 different types. So good and of course dessert. Profiteroles aka creme puffs. Lets just say it was a good day for the leggings and a bad day for the white shirt ( tide Stick used twice). We left at 1045. They eat slow and talk a lot. We fit right in.....granted maybe I am chewing my food more. We dropped Gilles off at his house and headed back to Basel. We were a so tired and Amanda needs to be up at 430am so we went to bed immediately!!
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niqui and mark on

we are so enjoying your adventures! miss you guys be safe and have fun!

Kim on

LOVE your updates so far. Glad you all are having an amazing time! Keep'em coming! :-)

Ann on

Having a glass of wine with your mom. Thought you said you were going to focus on having a baby today. sorry had to re read glad you are having so much fun

Lisa on

Girl! This trip sounds ahhhhmazing! So happy for you...and maybe a little jealous. Keep having fun!!

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