It's one of those unusual (possibly unique?) trips where I come back without having bought any books. Perhaps not entirely unexpected, since the 'Englisch' section of the one bookshop I entered was less than inspiring - but, even without buying books, I loved my trip to Switzerland!
Thank you for all your reading suggestions, which have been stored away in my mind (and, less vulnerably, my inbox) - it was especially lovely to hear from Lewerentz who is actually in Switzerland - and for Lewerentz's benefit, I will try to remember where we were in the country... quite near Schaffhausen... I can't remember the name of the village, but it was that part of the world.
Here are just a few snapshots of the trip...
The view from my bedroom window was rather beautiful.
Lots of beautiful chalet-style houses, but I don't seem to have taken photos of them - this one isn't wholly representative, but it is charming.
We spent a day at Rheinfall, Europe's something-ist waterfall. Widest? Biggest? Shiniest? It was a wet day in many senses.
The highlight of the trip was our day up a mountain, having snowball fights....
Amusingly, my trash talk (or, appositely, 'sledging') of "You'll be going all kinds of down!" was misheard as "You'll be wearing all kinds of denim!" Which, of course, became the catchphrase of the trip. Here Mel is about to be fitted for a new denim jacket, courtesy of Liz.
All in all, a fantastic holiday - and Switzerland is a rather wonderful country. Plus, all the residents have tasteful Christmas decorations. How do they do this? No inflatable nativity scenes in sight, nor even coloured light bulbs. Lovely. Oh, and we crossed the border into Germany to go to church - so that's another country I chalk up on my tiny list of countries visited.