Sometimes it’s easy to forget that you’ve crossed the border from France into Switzerland because everyone is still speaking French, but then you realize that everything is cleaner and more expensive.
When Americans describe Switzerland, it’s usually with words like “breathtaking,” “pristine,” and “chocolate.” When the French talk about Switzerland, it usually goes something like “Putain c’est cher la Suisse.” (“#$%& Switzerland is expensive.”)
I don’t get to Switzerland often because I’m too busy eating falafel in Lyon, but I went to a Franco-Swiss wedding last week and you know what? Switzerland is really nice. (Don’t tell France I said so.)
Here are a few snapshots from the weekend:
They’ve plunged a giant fork into their lake, and I’m not sure what that’s about….
But when you ignore the behemoth cutlery, it’s lovely. (Can I use behemoth as an adjective? I say yes.)
Releasing balloons into the air seems like the kind of thing that would be against the law in Switzerland, but it made for a nice photo op.
Later, the sun went down (as it does most days) and it looked something like this:
It was even more beautiful in real life. I ran to the lakeside in heels flailing my iPhone.
Then, I ate all the desserts available. Except the fruit salad.
The next morning, I woke up just in time for a Swiss sunrise. (And then I went back to sleep like a normal person.)
I’m not including photos of the wedding (except desserts because rules don’t apply to dessert) because it’s not my day to share on the internet, but it was beautiful enough to go viral on Pinterest. Highlights included mustache tattoos, modern-day polaroids, and best of all, blueberry muffins at brunch the next morning prepared by the groom himself! I tried to capture it all with a real camera, but those things are way too complicated and heavy and apparently you’re supposed to decide between blurry photos and blinding people with that flash that pops up like a jack in the box, so I went back to my iPhone.
The bride and groom were kind enough to send us home with Swiss wine. Yes, did you know Switzerland made wine?
See? Serious vines. Even ze French were impressed.
Have you been to Switzerland? Was it beautiful? Did you cry when you got the bill for anything?