The past week and a half we have a had a few hoildays here. Friday 25th of April and Thurday May 1st. Gio took off a few of the filler days from work and we made a trip out of our week of holidays! Before leaving Italy we were invited to go to Joe and Natalies house for a BBQ. Joe is a poilot and often goes to fun places, recently while in Germany he bought some yummy Bratwurst and a little grill to test them out on! The boys had a fun time trying to cook our dinner, Kennedy loved helping and I will just say that I DO NOT miss the camp fire smell! We spent the night at their house and then took off for Swizerland. Joe and Nat live close to Lake MAggiore, so we drove up along there and then crossed the boarder. We just had our road map of ITaly that inculded a little of Swizerland and for this reason I was not sure what some of the lines indicated roads meant... well to make a long story short we had a cool experince driving the car onto a train car that took us through a mountain! It was like a disneyland ride, only pitch black the whole 20 min! That night we made it to Swiss temple and checked into the hostel there. We spent 3 Great days in the Temple and took the last 2 to slowly make our way back to Milan!
One of the stops we made was at Ballenberg. This village is a living musem of architecture, country life and crafts! There are homes and farms representing all the different regions of the country across 50 acres of land. We got there a little late in the day and missed the morning cheese and chocolate making, but did see all sorts of animal life as well as lace making! We spent 3 hours there, but really you could spend 2 or 3 days seeing everything!
That same night we spent at a B &B overlooking lake Lucerne! For dinner we ate Fresh fish caught in the lake, YUM! We had a nice trip and GOOD Quality time together which is exactly what we needed!