I know its been a couple of weeks since I updated but that's only because I've been busy visiting family and friends, and though fun and fascinating to me, it may be less so to my legion of readers. Just so you don't think I did nothing - here is a short recap.
First stop was in Belgium to visit my adorable godson (I'm contractually obliged to say that). Brussels in mid-summer is a lovely place indeed. Long dinners on big urban decks while the sky very slowly fades to black will make you forget you are in Northern Europe, and especially that the sun is never supposed to shine north of the Loire.
Geneva came next. I hadn't realized until this trip how much Geneva and Brussels have in common. Francophone cities in bilingual (trilingual) countries full of people who are not natives and both make a claim to the best chocolate. Geneva is way better run though. I'll take Swiss efficiency over Belgium chaos any day. The highlight of Geneva was jumping off a bridge into the Rhone and being carried by the not so gentle current - and then doing it again. A small side trip to Montreux to see how the other-half retires and a day trip to Annecy and Talloires were wonderful additions.
Now off to Scandinavia. Finally!