Recap of our Mediterranean Cruise & Trip to Switzerland Day 13
This is the last post about our trip. I don’t have too much to say so I’m going to put a few days together and finish it up.
We left Interlaken and headed toward Lucerne. We would stay the night there so we were closer to the airport. Also Jeran wanted to visit the transportation museum. He’d been there before and was excited to share it with Colette. We went straight there and found that the museum is near a lot of fun family activities, mini golf, swimming, etc. This seemed like a really fun spot for kids.
The museum is great and you get to explore all kinds of transportation hands on. Different buildings focus on specific transportation and in the center is a play space for all the kids. If you have a kid obsessed with things that move, you need to go here. We explored everything and then headed to our last hotel for this trip. We stayed at the Renaissance Marriot. We stay at Marriot’s a lot and used some of our hotel points to book this stay. It’s been recently redone and very nice. We get to our room and I see we have a Nescafe single cup coffee maker. Since I couldn’t seem to get the one we had in Interlaken to work I was excited to see if I could use it here. I couldn’t. I don’t know what I was doing wrong but apparently I’m only allowed to use regular coffee makers. A fact about my husband is that he gets the best parking spots. I don’t know why he’s lucky in this way he just is. We happened to park right in front of the hotel and figured we’d move the car after check in. No, they give you a sign to put in your window that allows you to park in the temporary parking around the buildings. So, we never moved the car. We didn’t need to any way we walked this final portion of our trip and enjoyed Lucerne. We asked the lady at the front desk if she had any suggestions for gluten free dining in the area she gave us a map and some ideas and we were off. Our first stop of was to the model train shop. Jeran remembered going the last time he was there and he found it right away. It was a cute little shop with train things everywhere. Colette loved all the miniatures and wanted to buy Grandpa Roger everything for his train room. After that we were headed off to hit the shopping streets. They were packed! People were buying like crazy. We just tried to find some last minute gifts but it was a little overwhelming.
Soon Colette sees McDonald’s and they have balloons. She wanted one so bad. We were thirsty anyway so we got a drink and a balloon. As we were leaving I noticed the had an actual McCafe store inside the McDonald’s. I’ve never seen this anywhere else, I wonder if other countries have McCafe’s too. We were ready for dinner and went in search of some of the places they suggested at the hotel. We ended up at Pfistern. Colette had schnitzel and Jeran and I shared fondue. They had gluten free bread and made sure everything was safe. It was a really nice relaxing meal and then we went back to the hotel. I couldn’t sleep well I don’t know if it was because we had to get on a plane the next day or I just wasn’t tired, but I stayed up really late watching So You Think You Can Dance in German and then some crazy Indonesian game show with kids. I could never figure out what was going on and had to make myself turn it off. Before I knew it we were headed to the airport and on our way home. We flew home on Swiss Air. It was not great. It was an older plane and the tvs didn’t work well, they kept shutting off, which really irritated Colette. It was cramped, there were lots of issues but we were headed home and getting there safe was all that mattered. We made it to LAX which was crazy. Customs was a mess and then we had to walk outside of the terminal to where the little plane would get us back to Fresno. I’m glad we had this experience on our way back, it might have started our trip off on the wrong foot otherwise. Because of this we’ve decided that if we have a choice we won’t use LAX and we love Lufthansa.
While on this trip I kept list of little things I though were interesting
1. There is a lot of smoking everywhere, living in California you forget what it used to be like.
2. When you look up what to wear in Europe it always says no shorts. But, in Switzerland I saw a lot of people, mostly men wearing shorts, yes this was usually around outdoor activities but you would see it other places too.
3. We brought travel clothes for our excursions but most people looked uncomfortable and about to get sun burnt. But, not in Switzerland, everyone looked like they shopped at REI. I was very happy we all had our hiking pants, shirts and hats, they kept us pale and healthy the whole trip.
4. If you use a toilet, it will probably not have a seat. This wasn’t the case in our hotel stays but everywhere else we went, no seats.
5. Interlaken is full of travelers from all over but mostly Asian, Lebanese and American.
6. There will be no washcloths in the hotel room.
7. Most people speak English.
8. The tunnels in Switzerland are REALLY long. If you have kids who freak out with tunnels, be prepared.
9. Brush up on Italian road signs before you drive there. We had no idea what they said and it would have been nice to have an idea. The GPS was necessary for us.
10. Women seemed to wear a lot more skirts than in America. I was really happy with my clothing choices because I always looked appropriate and was super comfortable.
11. We love Lufthansa, it’s great for families.
12. We saw the high schoolers and college age kids on the cruise ship all having fun. It was nice to know that all ages were having a great time and we could see us going on Disney Ships for a long time.
13. The Bubble Bum car seat is great!