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Lately

We descended our mountain chalet in Berchtesgaden, Germany before the sun rose and took a bus filled with school children to the nearby train station for an early departure with a long day of train travel ahead of us. In total we took six trains to arrive at our destination – Geneva, Switzerland.

Initially, we included Zermatt, Switzerland on our itinerary. I was dying to see the famous Matterhorn and I knew Ryan wouldn’t be able to resist their year-round glacier paradise skiing resort. However, after looking at our accommodation and transportation options in Zermatt, we had to skip it. So we didn’t go to Zermatt like we had planned, but that’s okay. We’ve had to be flexible with our itinerary since nothing (except our flights) was pre-booked. We hadn’t planned on ending up in Berchtesgaden, but I’m so glad we did!

So we went to Geneva…. And pretty much hated it. Switzerland is SO expensive. It cost ~$14 for our round trip tickets into the city by tram. “What’s in Geneva,” you say? Nothing particularly interesting, except the world’s largest fountain, which really isn’t even that interesting, and that’s about it. We did score a spacious and budget friendly apartment outside the city, and that’s pretty much the only nice thing I have to say about our time spent in Switzerland. So we bought groceries to cook our own meals and spent most of our time at our apartment.

Here are the only worthwhile pictures we took in Switzerland:

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Wasn’t that exciting?!

So we left Geneva and headed to Aix-en-Provence, France via Marseille. We spent one night at a cute B&B in the city and then stayed three nights with my high school french teacher turned yoga instructor, Mira, not far outside the city. Aix is a lovely small french town with narrow winding streets filled with restaurants and shops. Mira was so gracious to host us in her home! We enjoyed the home cooked meals and time we spent with her and her boyfriend. However my highlight was being able to attend two of Mira’s yoga classes! They were challenging (and in French), but in the best way – it felt so good to stretch and sweat!

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The cute breakfast room decor and kitchen at the B&B. We were served coffee or tea, baguettes with homemade jams – my favorite was the mango coconut, one hot savory dish – couscous with beans and mushrooms in some delicious sauciness, and one sweet dish – a beautiful slice of flaky amazing pastry cake filled with a middle layer of cream and topped with a sprinkling of large sugary bits. Everything tasted amazing.

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