Our final day in Switzerland was spent driving back to Zurich where Elisa showed us a great time walking around the gorgeous city. I have a vivid picture in my mind of the vantage point above the Limmat River as well as tasting macaroons for the first time but unfortunately my iPhone’s battery was dead and I do not have photos to share. I can imagine after twelve total blog posts about this trip you are probably okay with that fact.
The trip back to Boise went pretty well except for a jet-lagged overtired toddler needing to run around like a crazy woman rather than stand in a customs line in Washington D.C., but we survived and were glad to be home.
I admit that taking a 10-day multi-stop trip through Europe with a six-month-old and a 2.5-year-old was daring even with my sister there to help. It was an incredible experience for all involved, however, I don’t think our girls will remember the trip when they are older. While we loved having our whole family together, it would have been a lot easier and cheaper had we gone without them. I really didn’t think going without them was an option as Eloise was still exclusively breastfed at the time of the trip and it would have broken my heart to be away from her for so long. Had our friends not been getting married, we would have saved a trip like this for when the girls were a little older but honestly, with it all said and done, I wouldn’t change much. The one thing we would change was to not fly into Switzerland and instead would fly into Munich because it is a lot cheaper in Germany and it has better food. But I am really glad we saw Zurich and met Elisa so perhaps I wouldn’t change a thing in retrospect.
If you are thinking of doing a trip like this please leave a comment and we are happy to provide recommendations and share more learnings from our trip. Here is a quick summary of our itineary as well as links to posts on each location. I have also included the hotels we stayed at. We liked all of them and they were all kid-friendly (which is not entirely common in Europe.)
Sept 26 – Flight to Zurich
Sept 27 – Arrive at 8am in Zurich, Pickup car from Europcar Zurich Airport, Stay at Novotel Zurich Airport
Sept 28 – Drive to Konstanz, Germany to meet our friends, then drive to Munich staying at Suite Novotel München Parkstadt
Sept 30 – Drive to the Black Forest stay at Waibelhof Dorfstraße 6
Oct 1 – Wedding in the Black Forest
Oct 2 – Stop in Freiburg on way to the Alps
Oct 3 – Grindelwald, Home with Sick Belén staying at Chalet Alpenrose Grindelwald
Oct 4 – Jungfraujoch, Top of Europe
Oct 5 – Alpine Playground and Zip Line
Oct 6 – Drive Back to Zurich
Oct 7 – Fly Home
Thanks to my wonderful husband for planning and making all of the preparations for this wonderful trip!
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