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Summer in the Swiss Alps & Mickey in Paris

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Days 1 and 2 – Zurich, Bubikon & Atzmannig 

We were super excited, it was our first time to travel together as a family, and ecstatic because we were spending summer in Switzerland and visiting Mickey in France!  We were anxious at the same time because Joaquin’s first airplane ride was going to be a 13hr flight which could be too risky for someone with severe peanut allergy.  But daddy was confident and I was prepared. And Benjamin was sooo excited and Joaquin’s too thrilled!  There was no stopping us now.  Definitely not the peanut allergy.

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Thank God for Singapore Airlines! Everything went well on board the A380 and the moment we saw ice-capped mountains, we knew our holiday has begun.

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Day 1: It was just our first day in Zurich and we were already having a fantastic time.  Thanks to our kind and accommodating auntie Ditha and uncle Peter who enthusiastically toured us the moment we arrived.

First stop in Zurich – a meadow dotted with hundreds of oh-so-fascinating dandelions.
Who wouldn’t be mesmerized - wild and beautiful…
Who wouldn’t be mesmerized – they’re wild and beautiful…
Hello Lake Zurich. Mum, may I touch the water?
Hello Lake Zurich. Mum, may I touch the water?
This is aunty Ditha’s backyard. This was the sight we wake up to every morning while at Zurich.
This is auntie Ditha’s backyard in Bubikon and the sight we woke up to every morning while at Zurich.

Day 2:  Less than half an hour away from Bubikon and Zurich city center was Atzmannig.  It was the ultimate playground for the boys.  It was chilly that day but nobody cared, we were so looking forward to our first toboggan run.

This was the chairlift that brought us up for the 700m exhilarating toboggan ride!
This was just a portion of the run, it goes on much further.
Benjamin was quite fast and he would have gone faster if Mummy wasn’t in the toboggan behind him.
Benjamin was quite fast and he would have gone faster if I wasn’t in the toboggan behind him.
Benjamin was quite fast and he would have gone faster if Mummy wasn’t in the toboggan behind him.
“Bye Mum!”
All of us got to ride...twice!
All of us got to ride…twice!

After our toboggan run, we took the chairlift to go further up to the mountain-top station and did a bit of hiking.  01

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It was foggy and cold! We should have brought our winter jackets brrrrr…
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The trail was paved.  There were wild, colourful, mysterious flowers everywhere.06

Mid-hike, I almost panicked when I saw Benjamin sitting on a swing that was at the edge of a cliff, where there seemed nothing below except a blanket of thick white fog.

Joaquin, it's your turn next. Whoa!
“Joaquin, it’s your turn next. Whoa!”

 After a short but freezing hike, we knew we had to take shelter at this cottage which luckily sells hot but, as we found out soon enough, mostly alcoholic drinks.

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Walking towards the coffee shop

‘House Kafe’ was, of course, the natural choice, but who would have thought that it also contained rum??? Ah but it was really cold, so even the rum-flavoured coffee, or was it the other way around, was edible and almost necessary.

Cheers dad!
“Cheers dadda!”

 Back at the valley station (at the foot of the toboggan run) was the leisure park which had a boat pond (RC-toy boats), Monza track (mini race cars), trampoline, animal petting station, a playground with three slides and a lot more.  Our boys got to try every one of them and surely had lots of fun.

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Leisure park
The kids couldn't ask for more, sliding again and again and again.
Non-stop fun – sliding again and again and again.
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Who’s the better capt’n?
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Here donkey.
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Whoa!  Don’t chase the person who just fed you!  We love this picture a lot.

 Aside from the toboggan and the leisure park, there was also the rope adventure park but we couldn’t do this because of time and height constraints and so we decided to venture on our own… into the woods…

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 And just a few meters away was a stream with clean but super cold water.

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Not far from the stream were wooded igloos.  One can be rented for CHF100 a night.

Do you see Joaquin in this picture?
Do you see Joaquin in this picture?

Such a pity we couldn’t stay here for the night, but it’s okay because we said our next summer in Zurich would definitely include a wooden igloo and grilled bratwurst in Atzmannig.

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Our summer fun had just started.  Tomorrow that fun will be in the Swiss Alps

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