Happy birthday to Zach!

If you have ever contemplated coming to Gruyères for a long sleepy Sunday, this is not the place for you. Along with many other European countries (by that I do mean European not the E.U. ; for Switzerland is still shopping and spending in Swiss Francs, while all around them fly Euros.) and Greece springs readily to mind, Sunday is a day of religion. The church bells 🔔 rang as usual at 6-30a.m. but at seven, all hell was let loose; religious pun not intended! 🔔 🔔 🔔 And the arrival of room service next door (we didn’t even realise there was room service here!) was not exactly the quietest of affairs; I presume to wake the slumbering incumbents. Although quite how they were still slumbering, after the cacophony inflicted on us all, direct from the church tower, confused my two brain cells. 😜 The other fact of life in Switzerland that I understand but still confuses me, is that you can drive 20 minutes down the road and suddenly everyone is speaking German, as opposed to the French speaking town you have just left. Makes you feel like you are on a two country holiday but…….

Last night the town was so cool (temperature wise) that the restaurant exterior tables, where people like to take the air and then smoke (here I go again 😜) a really confusing conception, were absolutely empty.

DSC00486Away to the flat and Laura was having a bit of a mare with the cake, that had fallen apart, due to temperature changes in the car, where it had been left overnight. She struggled, repaired and then iced successfully, and no one who finally eventually tasted it was any the wiser.

Hannah amused children various, as only Hannah can; while Laura achieved her goal,

and we ate lunch across the road; simple ham and potatoes, a sort of set meal brought on by one lady chef having to cater for a banquet of about ten people, as well as us. Still haven’t quite got the hang of these ‘selfies’ yet. Oh yes, and rumour had spread some English people were outside, so a lovely man brought us his Yorkshire Terrier to admire!

Onwards to the farm for the festivities and we parked at the top of the road in the village, to avoid congestion and wandered down through fields, under electric fencing and rather close to lots of cows! Mary emulating Mary Poppins at one point carrying three bags and bravely refraining from singing ‘the lonely goatherd’ I negotiated the electricated wires, performing my own stunts!

The party was a great success, with Laurent playing a blinder entertaining the children with a treasure hunt. The weather was absolutely beautiful, thank goodness, so they could all happily play outside. Jean-Denis took on the roll of official ‘do’ photographer but Mary also busily snapped away.

The cake was a complete triumph and tasted delicious, the treasure was found and we escaped before the restaurant in Gruyères closed early for dinner. Leaving Zach with the biggest pile of presents ever seen since Hamleys opened a third floor!

Just an amazing array of gear!

One very happy and one very lucky young man. But he’s a diamond and so is his sister. Two beautiful grandchildren, that we are SO lucky to have. So, tomorrow we fly home; it’s been a ball and a very relaxing break. Of course we shall miss them hugely, but let’s hope it won’t be too long before we say, ‘Bonjour, ca va?’ again.


As always, we hope you enjoyed the shared journey. And we both look forward to your company on the next one.


Thank you for reading, please do feel free to comment.

M & M 🇨🇭🔔🔔📷lol

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Malcolm and Mary

Malcolm worked for LWT. Mary worked for TRL. They live near Camberley in Surrey and did achieve their life long ambition to visit New Zealand. They have two daughters Laura and Hannah and two grandchildren Zach & Safi. Having done the big trip they then went to Canada, which was amazing. Scroll down it’s all here. They have visited Venice that they both so fell in love with in 2009 again. And recently returned to Lefkada for one week in glorious sunshine. Where next? Well, Canada is calling again in 2019; this time including Alaska. So stay tuned if you enjoy the ups and downs of travelling.

4 thoughts on “Happy birthday to Zach!”

  1. I’m so glad you’ve had such a great time and I’ve loved the photos and witty comments, thank you for sharing. Travel safely tomorrow x

    1. Thanks Jos. Blackwater, is going to look a bit grim through our eyes compared to the absolutely stunning scenery round these parts. You’ve probably never seen Blackwater but that’s no bad thing. Can’t remember ever having seen a deer, a cow or a cat in a field near there. There was once, but then they built M & S and Sainsburys and a huge roundabout. Many thanks for your kind comments. M & M 🇨🇭Xxx

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