gallery SWITZERLAND + FRANCE HOLIDAY

Paris + Switzerland Recap

Our Switzerland and France  summer holiday is most efficiently narrated by pictures. The images below were simply taken with our iPhones, so please keep your expectations low. Enjoy!

Xox,

Amanda

Knowing where you are and where you're going is very important.
First stop: Lusanne, Switzerland. Knowing where you are and where you’re going is very important. So is beer. (Bag is Jujumade from Anthom.)
Swiss castle
Chateau de Chillon
Old cook book
This super cool old cookbook, circa 13th century, explains the needs of a proper Chateau Chillon banquet. Apparently 6,000 eggs is a must.
On a mission to find the wine.
On an eighteen mile mission to find the wine. I swear these roads are the training routes for Tour de France participants.
Found it!
Found it!
Unesco World Heritage Site
These tiered Swiss vineyards overlook the stunning Lake Geneva and are also a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Our reward was a beautiful  rose made from grapes grown a few yards away from our table.
The reward for our physical efforts was a beautiful rosé made from grapes grown ten yards from our table.
I had to take advantage of the Beau Rivage Palace's pool on the one sunny day in Switzerland. AKA I was too sore to move after the vineyard bike excursion.
I had to take advantage of the Beau Rivage Palace’s pool on the one sunny day in Switzerland. (a.k.a. I was too sore to move after the vineyard bike excursion.)
The International Olympic Committee is based in Lusanne, Switzerland...just a few steps from our hotel. We had the place to ourselves, ran amuck the museum and found
The International Olympic Committee is based in Lusanne, Switzerland, just a stone’s throw from our hotel. We had the place to ourselves, ran amuck the museum and found “torches” for a photo op! (David is decked out in Bonobos and I’m sporting an Asos crop top and midi Skirt.)
Bonjour Paris! The gastronomic pleasures continue with our Le Grande Hotel room's delicious greetings.
Bonjour Paris! The gastronomic pleasures continued with Le Grande Hotel’s delicious greetings.
Time to get our tourist on. First stop: the Louvre.
Time to get our tourist on. First stop: the Louvre.
This picture explains my love-hate relationship with the Louvre.
This picture explains my love-hate relationship with the Louvre.
Museum #3 (yes we skipped #2, Musee D'Orsay,  as cameras are forbidden) hosted Rodin's The Thinker.
Museum #3 housed Rodin’s The Thinker.  (We could not photograph museum #2, Musee D’Orsay, as cameras are forbidden but it was by far my favorite museum.)
42 snails were consumed by yours truly and my partner in crime. We counted.
Paris by numbers: 42 snails were consumed by yours truly and my partner in crime.
We all knew a proper selfie was going to make it into this post.
We all knew a proper selfie was going to make it into this post. (The sunnies are Tom Ford.)
We learned the categorization and labeling of French wines is incredibly complex and very regulated.
A fantastic wine dinner was organized by friends of ours in O Chateau’s wine cellar. We learned that the categorization and labeling of French wines is incredibly complex and strictly regulated. My theory as to why this is so is that the longer it takes to explain the more wine the listener drinks thus the more wine the listener must pay for.
O Chateau's wine supper consisted of four wines paired with asparagus risotto, steak au poivre and the most decadent custard for dessert.
O Chateau’s wine supper consisted of four wines paired with asparagus risotto, steak au poivre and the most decadent, delicious custard.
Shout out to Catherine O'Hara photography for frolicking around the Eiffel Tower with four enthusiastic, in-love American tourists. We had a blast.
Shout out to Catherine O’Hara Photography for frolicking around the Eiffel Tower with four enthusiastic, in-love American tourists. We had a blast. (Asos top and skirt)

Paris + Switzerland Recap

Good work guys!
Good work guys! (That’s Colin and Brittany, some of the most fun people we know!)
My favorite meal in Paris was Spring's 5 course pre fixe supper with the final dessert course consisting of 5 items in and of itself. Decadent and perfection to say the least.
Post photo shoot was Spring’s 5 course supper, by far my favorite meal in Paris. The dessert course consisted of five mico-courses. Insane and fantastic.
Much to their dismay, we made the chefs and line cooks pose of a pic. It was midnight. The poor dears wanted to go home.
Much to their dismay, we made the chefs and line cooks pose for a pic. It was midnight and the poor dears wanted to go home. (Please note the jokester on the left. We see you. You’re American, from the ATL. Your spunk is appreciated.)
En route to the Loire Valley with indulgent train snacks and my good read.
En route via high speed train to the Loire Valley with indulgent Fauchon snacks and a good read.
Airbnb hooked us up with a private room at this SUPER NEAT troglodyte home. Our host, Daniéle, was a dear who greeted us with wine and prepared a fantastic French breakfast each morning.
Airbnb hooked us up with a private room at this SUPER NEAT troglodyte home. Our host, Daniéle, was so sweet and greeted us with wine upon our arrival AND prepared a fantastic French breakfast each morning. If you have not heard of a troglodyte it’s worth a Google.
Chateau de Chenonceau
Chateau de Chenonceau
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The Loire valley’s quaintness wouldn’t stop.
Back to Paris we went. Our last night on holiday was spent sipping wine and picnicking while watching the Eiffel Tower put on a show.
Back to Paris we went. Our last night was spent sipping wine and munching on paté, figs and cheese while watching the Eiffel Tower show off. Yep, truly a “pinch me” moment and an absolute perfect ending to a dream holiday.

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