The drive from Milan to Interlaken was the most scenic drive of our whole trip. We drove up over the Italian Alps, straight into the Swiss Alps. It was cloudy and rainy again, so I couldn't ever get any pictures to do justice to the beauty and majesty of those epic mountains. But we would drive up and down switchbacks, and then from high up the mountain you could look down into the Swiss villages, it was straight out of a travel brochure.
At one point we stopped to fill up with petrol in one of the villages and across the street there was a charming restaurant. The village was so quiet and still that I wasn't sure it was open, but I walked across the street to ask. I don't remember what time of day it was, and we weren't even sure how hungry we were, but I couldn't pass it up. It was really cold outside and the inside of the restaurant smelled so good. We were the only people there for the first little bit, and after the chef cooked our food and the server brought it to us, they sat down with their family and had their afternoon meal together nearby.
This meal. Ohhhhh this meal. It was my favorite meal during our two weeks in Europe. I had rosti, which is basically Swiss hashbrowns, with eggs and bacon and the most flavorful cheese... Mmmmm it was so good. I don't even remember what everyone else ate. The whole experience was just so pleasant. So quiet and intimate and delicious. It was the beginning of the best days of our vacation. Switzerland we LOVE you.
We went back to our trailer, cooked dinner and let the kids play.
Since that's just about all we did this day, I'll take this space to rave about Eurocamps.
Our experiences at the Eurocamps were the stuff that kids' summer vacations are made of. Particularly in this second camp, where the kids made friends quickly. It was so funny because some of the kids Mim and Simon played with didn't even speak English, but they didn't care. Any spare minutes they had they were at the playground (which was really close to our trailer) or at the football pitch. Cameron became buddies with a boy named Dana who was also from England. They were inseparable whenever they could be. And in the mornings Mim would look out the window to see if the two girls in the trailer next to ours (Maggie and Kate) were out to play yet. There were also ping-pong tables and sports equipment you could borrow from the office. The kids played night games and begged us to stay out late. Parents drank coffee and read books, families played card games and badminton and took evening walks. It was so relaxed, so family-friendly, so comfortable, and so beautiful.
It was so fun for us to watch the kids do the kinds of things we did as kids. I didn't know ahead of time how much they would love it, and how much we would love the way they loved it. Visiting the cities and museums and experiencing new cultures was amazing, I hope they don't forget those things. But I think their most memorable times were just playing and being kids and getting dirty.