It’s been a while since I have written! I guess it was feeling repetitive. Walk, coffee, walk, gite, repeat.
It happens that my cousin is in Europe concurrently and we made plans to meet up, because why not!
She in Salzburg and I in France decided to meet halfway in Zurich.
So due to timing and when I would encountera train station ment that I spent five days getting to Zurich, a bit longer than I would have liked.
Walked to Cahors on Monday, which had a train station. Due to the changing terrain, my feet were quite sore. I was in more of a forest zone as opposed to farms. The next town with a station was Figeac, which was a few days away. I couldn’t afford to be late and with the timing uncertainty, I spent the night in Cahors and the next morning trained it to Lyon, running along the south French coastline for a bit. Next day was Lyon to Geneva. When I got there, I noted a train to Lucerne leaving in a few minutes, so I jumped on that. In Lucerne, I found a campground and spent two nights there. The train ride was beautiful, running along lake Geneva and the Swiss Apps. Lucerne is a lovely old lakeside town and it was nice to be a tourist for a bit.
Switzerland is punishing expensive. When you get $100 from the ATM, you get one bill. Burger king meal is $14. They are Swiss franc but the exchange is basically 1 to 1. Bacon, eggs and coffee is 15 to 20. Ouch!
But Friday arrived it was a one hour train ride to Zurich. Got to town and made my way to the AirBnB place I found for the weekend.
Steph showed up a few hours later and it was great to see her as always.
Spent the weekend being tourists: walking around, taking pics, drinking coffee. Found a place that served a real breakfast and hit that both mornings.
We tooka quick train up the nearby mountain and hiked a nice tail in the woods for a couple hours. Had a snack and warm drink at the cafe at the to and then took the cable car down and back to town. The transportation system here is fantastic. Dined by the river Saturday evening and then walked around town as the sky grew dark.
Sunday (today), after breakfast, we hit the Kuntshaus, the amazing art museum that was literally just down the street from our place. It was a tremendous experience because 1) it was a world class collection of art in a great building and 2) we almost had the place to ourselves. The third floor had great natural light as we saw Dali, Picasso, van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet, Degas all by ourselves. Amazing. Saw other great stuff that I noted to look into further.
But then it was time to go. Dropped Steph off at her train and I headed back to France shortly after.
So I have three weeks left in this adventure. I need to focus on walking! I am headed to Dijon, where I will grab a tail that head through Paris and up to the coast. Not sure how far I will make it, but whatever.
Thanks for reading.