Monday, July 12, 2010
St. Gallen, Suisse
The drive to St. Gellen was pretty easy thanks to the great all powerful GPS! The mountains were awesome! The effort to get a road up, through and over these mountains was no minor endeavor. At one point the cliff literally hangs over the road, another point a cork screw tunnel. I am watching 200 ft waterfalls, sheer cliffs, and glowing green lakes.Seeing Tao and the fam is great fun. We stroll around town, have schnitzel and checkout shops. Marlen takes us to a great swim spot (Tao is still getting to know the place too). The twon use to be known for its cloth and at one time constructed and series of ponds for washing. Now they are swimming ponds. It feels so good to get in the water and cool off. Later we head to Marlen's parents place for a few local beers. Mind you the size on one beer bottle is about a pint and a half. I was a little happy to say the least. FYI - today is my 40th birthday so, I'm in the mood to be social. I finally get to drink this bottle of Makers Mark I've been dragging around - thanks Katina!A great evening with plenty on salami, cheese and bread. All a mix of some French samplings I brought from Morzine and some local fair. Needless to say, the Makers Mark was finished all too quickly but, plenty of wine and beer. After comparing Swiss Army knives with Marlen's father I had to forfeit even though I have more tools I was lacking the ever essential cork screw. Wins hands down every time!