Saturday, August 18, 2007

"No one traveling on a business trip would be missed if he failed to arrive" Thorstein Veblen

August 1 is a Swiss national holiday. It commemorates the establishment in 1291 of the precursor of the Swiss Confederation. We traveled by train and then boat to the village of Quinten on Lake of Walen. It’s a unique spot with a unique climate due to its location on the lake, the southern exposure with sheer mountains behind. Grapes, figs, kiwis, berries, and nuts grow in the area.

A few days later we visited Konstanz, an old German town on the Lake of Konstanz, also called Bodensee. Jesse was on his way to a one-week course in German language nearby.

Also in August we traveled by boat to a peninsula on the Lake of Zurich for an outdoor lunch with a view and then continued on by boat to one of our favorite towns on the lake, Rapperswil. Lucky has become not only a mountain dog, but also a sea dog.
Toby has finished military training and is back home to Wisconsin. The “newlyweds”, Toby and Melissa, have just moved into a new apartment.