Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Travel-Our latest trip

Traveling is one of the things that gives me so much pleasure.  I love taking in new environments and cultures and appreciating God's diversity in our world.  It wasn't until I was married that I was able to travel.  My girls now have full passports!  I never wanted to leave them, so all 3 have always gone with us.  I think it's very important to get outside of our small community and somewhat protective bubble and see how other people live.

As I've alluded to, our family has had a rough year and a half.  My husband is so good to me and always wants to see me happy.  During this time, he has insisted that we girls get away and have fun, even though he's had to work.  This past May we did a 3 week trip to Europe to celebrate our middle daughter's (Grace) high school graduation.  There was also one other reason for the trip, but I'll post about that later.  The hardest part of the trip was deciding where we wanted to go!  The 3 of us sat down and listed 3 countries we were interested in and narrowed it down from there.  Our final destination....


There were a few reasons we chose this country.  First, we've never been there and secondly, it's really safe.  This was one of the most beautiful countries I've ever seen!  The people were so incredibly kind and everyone spoke English.  The only downfall-it was expensive!  Especially the food.  Fortunately, we learned ways to save money.

We flew directly from Atlanta to Zurich, then took a short flight to Geneva.  From here we got a rental car and drove the (almost) hour to our hotel in Evian-les-bain, France.  (My husband accumulates lots of Hilton hotel points from work travel.  Therefore when we travel for pleasure, we try to use those points.  This was one of the Hilton's we stayed in).  This hotel was fabulous!  We had a small balcony that overlooked Lake Geneva (or Lac Leman) and a very large room decorated in my favorite color-purple!

One of the places we visited here in the southern part of Switzerland was L'abri in Huemoz.  If you haven't read the book L'abri by Edith Schaeffer, you must!  Such an incredible story of one family's ministry and their total faith in God.  I read the book for the first time about 8 years ago and have since read it 2 more times.  Finally, my dream came true and I was able to visit the actual site.  I was simply estatic!

After 2 days in Evian (the hotel was booked after that) we drove north to Zurich.  Our first day here was spent visiting Rhine Falls-Europe's largest waterfall.  It was raining and 8C (down south had been sunny and very warm).  Despite the weather, we had the most wonderful time!  The falls were amazing!  From here we drove to Konstanz, Germany and had lunch (much cheaper food here).

The following day we drove to Vaduz, Leichenstien.  This is the world's sixth smallest country (62 sq miles, population 37,000).  It also happens to be the richest country in the world by GDP per capita.  Obviously, it didn't take long to tour the country.  lol!  Next we drove into Austria, out in the countryside-way up on a mountain.  So beautiful!  Our final stop was downtown Zurich.  We visited a book store, tea room and several other shops.  We also got to see the Limmat River.

Day 2 up north, we drove the hour to Lucerne.  Here we took a gondola ride up to Mt Pilatus.  This cost 180 Swiss Francs but was so worth it!  The view were incredible!  Even though the ground was covered in snow and ice at the top, the air was sunny and warm.  There was a hotel, restaurant and shops at the top of the mountain.  Such incredible views in every direction!  Back at the car, we drove into the center of the city.  We parked and walked around Lake Lucerne.  Here we took Grace's graduation pictures with the beautiful Alps in the background.  We also walked a short distance to see the crying lion monument.  It was carved in the rock face in 1972 and is dedicated to the Tuileries war heroes.  So magnificent and amazingly moving.

Our final day (for now) in Zurich was spent in the city center.  We parked the car and walked all day. Bahnhofstrasse is one of the world's most exclusive and expensive shopping streets.  We mostly just looked on this street.  lol!  We did stop and toured a church-Fraumunster.  Then we went to Sprungli.  They supposedly have the freshest truffles.  They are also one of Switzerland's oldest chocolate companies.  We had lunch outside in a beautiful courtyard.  The weather was sunny and warm.  A perfect day to be outside.

The next day we flew onto Bordeaux, France-my favorite city.  I'll save that for another post.

He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains.  The sea belongs to him, for he made it.  His hands formed the dry land, too.  Psalm 95:4-5


  1. I just finished reading both your trip posts and WOW, what an amazing time soaking in the pure beauty of God's creation and the diversity of cultures. Switzerland looks like the most incredible destination and like there is just endless scenery and fascinating places to see. I so enjoyed all of your photos! Y'all look like you are having a blast in every one. What a spot to take graduation photos, which turned out gorgeous♥ It looks like heaven there, from the falls to the snow-capped peaks to the view of Lake Geneva and L'Abri... I have heard of it, but have not read it- I'm marking it right now on my to-read list. I can imagine how elated you must have felt standing there!
    I'm so happy that everything with Grace turned out well and that her chance of it reoccurring or giving her trouble is very small. I pray that it does not and also for your husband.

    It's a joy to visit you again after being away from blogger for awhile.

    Hope y'all have a blessed Labor Day!
    Hugs to you!

    1. I'm so glad you're back home and can't wait to read about all of your adventures! Thank you for all of your sweet comments and your continued prayers. It was a wonderful trip. You MUST read L'abri! You won't be disappointed, I promise!

  2. Hi, again! :)
    I meant to respond to and thank you for your comment on my last post and realized I had forgotten to include that in my comment... I just wanted to say I just loved reading the comment you left, thank you for sharing those memories. I smiled as I read and imagined your grandmother elegantly applying her makeup and getting ready and your girls watching sweetly and even putting on some lipstick. What precious memories!
    Thank you so much also, our trip was wonderful. I know, I really need to make it to AL someday! I keep seeing beautiful places there on Pinterest and thinking, the Mattox girls sure live in a gorgeous place and I really need to visit♥

    1. Jazzmin, you are just a gem! If ever you find yourself in Alabama, you always will have a place to stay here with us, for as long as you like! I'm hoping that's soon!