Six days of sweet freedom. Free from housework, yard work, sports schedules, etc. Six beautiful kid-free days. So what if the first day was spent traveling and the 2nd day was spent working out the jet lag.
My folks deserve the credit for our fantastic get-away. We contacted them earlier this year to see if they'd be interested in hanging out with the kiddos so we could jet off across the Atlantic for a friend's wedding. They answered YES without hesitation. Brave? Stupid? Naive? I'll go with brave -- although I'm not sure they knew what they were signing up for.
In the days before kids (BK), Duke and I really enjoyed traveling in style. But these days, our kids have relegated us to 2nd-class everything. Let's face it, things like sports and family vacations burn through that disposable income pretty quickly. But so what if we were flying coach -- we were getting away from it all! Who cares if we didn't have seat back TVs. We had movies to watch on Duke's computer.
But in 2nd class, you can't always believe what they tell you -- like that there's an electrical outlet under your seat. Well, there wasn't. Oh well, no big deal. The row in front of us had one of these friendly little signs too. Too bad we couldn't get that outlet to work. When we asked the flight attendant about it, she informed us that the outlets in coach had been disabled. Disabled! Talk about feeling 2nd class! Whatever. That wasn't going to ruin our good time. Good thing we brought these:
Oh yeah! Now we were feeling 1st class!! Just look at that cute little bottle of...um...Laurier? Hmmm...never heard of it.
You gotta give 'em credit for trying to make it look real like the real deal.
Twist cap "champagne". Mmmmm, good!
It went perfect with the fine plasticware and gourmet snack mix. The real problem arose when we tried to indulge in another tiny bottle. Apparently, American Airlines doesn't think more than two people flying coach from New York to Zurich will want to drink sparkling wine. We expressed our amazement and disappointment to the flight attendants. OK, so we whined a little and spun a sad tale about how our first child-free vacation in six years was really getting off to a rotten start. Oh, and then Duke flashed some of those American Airlines Your-So-Special coupon thingys around. Before you could spell N O F A I R, our flight attendant friends disappeared and reappeared with this...
A bottle of Pommery and two plastic wine glasses -- in a plastic bag full of ice to keep it nicely chilled. WoooHOOO! We were traveling 1st class after all!
a tour bus?!? Only for our crazy friends. Seriously, I don't think it's ever been done before in the old part of Luzern -- which is strictly pedestrian.
After about a 30 minute bus ride, we arrived at the destination for the evening festivities. The Vitznauer-Hof - a charming hotel on the banks of the lake.
Of course we had a room with a view.
Hey! We know those people!
The band played...
The pretty little Swiss girls danced & sang...
The crazy Swiss boys...well, I'm not really sure what was going on here. What I do know is that everyone was having a great time.