Friday, many students either went home or took off for places like Paris, Rome, etc. so Gary, the kids, Alyssa and I, decided to spend the afternoon messing around downtown for the last time.
*Alyssa is one of the other teachers’ babysitters. Her job was over so she had a few days on her own.
First stop was a sushi lunch. I had tuna and mayo wrapped in rice. Very….um, interesting.
Then, we went for a final run thru Jet D’Eau. I also had some of my absolute favorite Straccitella Movenpick ice cream and my 6th trip (this visit) on the Ferris Wheel. I’m not sure if I broke last years record.
Our days in Switzerland were drawing to an end, so we knew we had to purchase our “take home” chocolate on this trip. I’m too embarrassed to tell you what Gary, Alyssa and I spent between the three of us on candy The empty suitcase I brought is now full. We actually got a Toblerone bar that will not fit in the actual suitcase. It won’t fit because it weighs 158,73 ounces (or almost 10 lbs!) I wish I had a picture to show you!
Needless to say, you will all receive chocolate when I get home!
Saturday, we rented a car and drove to Annecy, France. We had visited the charming tourist town last year and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. One of the students, Winona, joined us.
It was an absolutely beautiful day, warm and sunny, and the town was bustling!
We shopped for a while, thoroughly enjoying the unique shops.
Then we decided to take a very relaxing two hour boat ride around lake Annecy.
The scenery was so lovely. (see below, not above!)
We worked up quite an appetite so we stopped at maybe (and thankfully!) the only air conditioned restaurant in all of France and had a delicious Mussel dinner. Each of us has a different type (roquefort, garlic and onions, ham and garlic). The servings were so large none if us were able to finish.
Oh, wait, except for John. He finished both his, mine and Gary’s , plus absolutely inhaled two helpings of fries dipped into the mussel sauce. Oy…feeding a growing boy!
We had heard there were going to be fireworks in Annecy that evening, so as we were finishing up dinner, (and enjoying another cold beer!) we sent John and Drew back to the car for a blanket. About twenty minutes later, we started to wonder what was keeping them so we peeked outside and were astonished to see the previously empty streets jam packed with people!
We were relieved that they showed up a few minutes later and we set off to find the perfect spot to watch the firework show.
The advertisements were enticing.”The show is designed to be a visual and emotional voyage, a metaphor for a natural journey starting with the big bang. A violent shock between the primary forces of nature using 40 flame projectors ”
Wow! We were ready for Annecy to bring it on!
Well, we sat relaxing with the kids, on this little blanket for a couple of hours. We had Yatzy tournaments with a game on my phone, played a few word games, broke up a few wrestling matches between the boys…in other words, we paid very little attention to what was going on around us. All of a sudden, Gary said, “OMG” and we realized we were sitting in this massive standing crowd of gazillions of people. Apparently, they were all waiting to get into an (enormous) paid grandstand area, but it was pretty intimidating at first.
Poor Simon fell asleep just before the fireworks started. I have no idea how he stayed asleep with all the BOOMing , BANGing and cheering going on, because this 1 hour and 15 minute firework display was PHENOMENAL! It was done in various themes and styles and I have never seen anything like it.
It was well worth the wait!
When it was time to go home, we found ourselves in the type of crowd that I have only encountered before in New Orleans during Mardi Gras. The kind of crush of humanity where if you fell you would be trampled! There had to be a million people trying to get out of where we were! So we all grabbed hands and headed north. Until Gary (and Simon and Drew)had to go to the bathroom.
This is when the highlight of my day occurred. Yes, I had a wonderful day full of shopping, boating, delicious food, delightful company and fabulous fireworks, but my most memorable moment was when I saw this.
What, you might ask, is this odd looking thing?
It’s a pissuer. An outdoor spot where men may piss.
And piss they did. Four at a time, they slid down their zippers (or shorts) and whipped it out and whizzed.
I have never seen anything like it.
Gary and the boys waited in line for the port a potty.