After leaving the Azores (and spending a very long night in a children's playpen at the Lisbon airport), we went back to my mom's condo in Switzerland for a few short days of relaxation and re-packing before heading home to California. My sister's high school friend had flown over to visit her before traveling through Europe with her parents, so we all took an afternoon to take advantage of the warm weather and swim in Lake Geneva ... where we got chased by a swan. And got to see lots of confident Swiss women proudly showing off all 80 of their years. (Don't worry, there aren't any pictures of the latter.)
Our second day back in Switzerland, the four of us took a ferry across the lake to Evian, France. We took a short train to Lausanne to catch the ferry and then spent a few hours walking around Evian, peeking in the shops and eating lunch. My sister and I also bought our mom a pretty neat decanter as a thank-you gift for hosting us part of the trip, but I didn't get a picture of that.
Our final night in Switzerland, my mom's downstairs neighbor made a delicious dinner of fondue and lots of appetizers. In fact, my mom had warned us that the Swiss don't eat as much as Americans, so when we saw the lavish spread of dips and pretzels and fruit, we thought that was dinner. Then she brought out pots of fondue with bread and potatoes. Don't worry; we managed to eat it all still. ;) Especially the dessert, which was basically fruit soaked in vodka. (Again: Food fail. I never take pictures of my food, but I need to be better about that when it's part of a dining experience!) I did get a picture of our gorgeous view from the balcony, though:
And finally, on our very last morning in Europe, we woke up to a rainbow over Lake Geneva. :)
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