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We spent time in two different parts of Switzerland.  Our first week we were in the French speaking southwest, around the lake from Geneva in Blonay visiting friends in La Tour-de-Peilz.  The second week we stayed in Lauterbrunner, which is in the German-speaking Berner Oberland, just south of (and up the hill from) Interlaken. 

 

Blonay (and vicinity)

We had a lovely apartment in Blonay, we even lucked into internet access once again, even if it was a little spotty.  This time, however, we did not have the benefit of an internet chair - the laptop had to be at a height that precluded sitting anywhere but on the floor of the balcony.  It was particularly temperamental about being moved about, so Tasha lined up the "internet table" for us this time around! 

IMG_2513.jpg ZE2G1349.jpg The "internet table"

Anika in glasses, while Tasha hides behind the cereal!

 

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Sunday in Blonay is steam train day - it was like a journey back in time.

 

IMG_2703.jpg isn't this a perfect mushroom that Anika captured? It's like one of those we read about in fairy tales as kids.

 

La Tour-de-Peilz

IMG_2575.jpg Isn't this "tree" amazing! Newenka had never seen a tree with such multicolored blooms, so she had to have a peek.

 

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Anika and Tasha join Lydia, Alfred, Laura, Leo and Hugo (missing from photo) in a crazy game of Pizza!

 

Vevey

IMG_2599.jpg The alphorns playing on market day!

 

The game museum was a fun excursion! 

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Montreaux area

ZE2G1444.jpg We were too late for the jazz festival, but the scenery is spectacular.

 

Leysin

A hike in the mountains, or rather a hike down the mountain with our friends!  We drove up a series of very windy roads to the town of Leysin, where we then took a cable car up to the top of a mountain.  It was beautiful at the top, where we enjoyed a wonderful panoramic view and Yannis was tempted by the parasailers.  Then we hiked halfway down the hill to find an Alpage, where we ate lunch.  The fromager showed us how he made various varieties of cheese, many of which we consumed for lunch.  With all this downhill walking we all had sore gluteus's the next day!

ZE2G1067.jpg ZE2G1064.jpg "That way"

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Swiss Independence Day - August 1

 

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An interesting aspect was that all the little towns in the area seemed to have fireworks going - so, you could watch a beautiful fireworks display in almost any direction.  In addition to the fireworks, our town lit the traditional (and pretty impressive) bon fire that burned well into the wee hours of the morning (and was still a smoldering heap in the rain the next morning).

 

The Labyrinth Park

 

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               You aren't even seeing the whole thing here!                 This year's puzzle involved going around the world! 

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CERN

Tasha would have us put this at the top of the page and it is definitely one of the top highlights of the trip for her!  A humongous "thank you" to Dr. Spiegel for hosting our visit and letting us see some of the cool things going on at CERN.  The size and scale of what they are doing at CERN is amazing!  That one needs something so large to detect something so small! 

 

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IMG_0309.jpg Whoa - where are we?  Oh yeah, CERN.  This section is from Fermilab.

The CERN accelerator forms a 27km ring that runs beneath Switzerland and France (here, we're in a tunnel 100m underground in France).  In the photo above, you can barely start to make out the curve in the accelerator (way off in the distance) - that's one big accelerator!

 

IMG_0293.jpg To detect something very very small, you need something very very large - notice children bottom left!

This is one of the detector sections - we think there were 6 of these, along with 2 endcaps - that will be used to detect muons and other subatomic particles resulting from the collision of the proton beams.

 

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Clean room visit - assembly area for some of the detection equipment.  Anika loves the matching shoes :-)

 

Lauterbrunnen

 

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