Monday, December 26, 2011

Exploring Europe (Part 1) ~ France & Switzerland

This is the most difficult and bittersweet trip I have ever made in my whole life.  A trip without DH and Isabelle for a total of 14 days!!

The first 2 days was a struggle, missing both DH and Isabelle terribly.  Every sight of a daddy and a little girl reminds me of them and brings tears to my eyes.  And almost every moment, I regretted my decision to take up this trip and I was drowned in the sea of guilt and lousy homesickness.   Long trip it is, but I made it through.

Here are some photos to share:

Day 1-2   Paris, France / Lucerne, Switzerland
Paris, here we come!

Landing - Charles de Gaulle Airport
Arc de Triomphe

Cathedral Notre-dame de Paris

Our Mandarin speaking guai-po tour guide
Her fluent Mandarin made me feel terribly 'small'.


 Galaries Lafayette - Shopping heaven
Christmas decorations

Magnificient Eiffel Tower

View from Eiffel Tower at 3.30pm

Eiffel at night
Picture taken before our night cruise - Seine River
French Damage
O U C H !!!!
Lunch at Beaune, France
 Escargots in olive oil and creamy mint sauce
 A glass of wine to go with the siput

Lucerne, Switzerland
Beautiful Lake Lucerne at night
Tiny teeny little late shopping at Lucerne
Singing Mr Moo Moo Cow for Isabelle (left)

Paris, France
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Palace de la Concorde
  • Notre Dame
  • Lunch at Chinatown
  • Galaries Lafayette
  • Eiffel Tower
  • 2nd round Galaries Lafayette
  • Thai dinner (Yes, thai dinner in Paris)
  • Night Cruise Seine River
  • Checked in to Forest Hill Hotel
  • Bonne nuit Paris!

Luzern, Switzerland
  • Escargot lunch at Beaune (border of France & Switzerland)
  • Long long drive from Paris to Lucerne
  • Checked in to Ameron Flora hotel (BEST!)
  • Dinner in the hotel
  • Luzern city tour 
  • Grocery shopping at Railcity
  • Good night!

Part 2... coming soon.


LittleLamb said...

Wah...u pinjam passport to buy the bags ar? Last time there was a limit of 2 bags each.....

I would say its a good trip/decision you made. You can always make it up later to DH and Isabelle for another Europe trip.

Sigh I miss Europe a lot and would definitely want to go there again...

Catheryn @ Pink Bibs said...

Hey Rachel,

No need to pinjam passports la, can buy more than 2 bags now as long as it is different design. I did 'book' some passports from my tourmates though incase I need them. Play safe ;)

Thank you for comforting me that this trip was a good decision. Yeah, it was and was really an eye-opening experience.

Carolyn (Lil' Dahling) said...

warghh. i gulped at the french damage! is it really that cheap? can't even afford one. hahah

Catheryn @ Pink Bibs said...

Hey Carolyn!
It is about 30% cheaper than buying them in Msia. Plus, we get 10-12% tax return too! And, it is like everyday we get to go to paris :) (ok, this is just to console myself for the damage!)