Posted by: marykfurness | November 13, 2011

An Exquisite, Perfect Feast–Day 11, 30 days of travel blogging

Yes, I’m still running a bit behind on my 30 days of travel blogging with bootsnall; not only that, but I’ve also decided to catch up by doing things a bit out of order.  Day #9 was “one perfect day of travel” and day #11 is “a perfect feast”–well, both of those happened on the same day, so consider my last entry part I, and this part II!

After a glorious day swimming in a glacier-fed lake at the town of Spiez, Switzerland, and exploring the nearby castle, we returned to Grindelwald, near Interlaken.  This, for those not familiar with Switzerland, is in the central part of the country, and Grindelwald is a resort town well-known for its hiking in the summer, and skiing in the winter.  My husband, son and I had joined members of my extended family for a “mini-reunion” there, staying in lovely chalets overlooking the valley and the mountains.

The Hotel Kirchbuehl, connected to our chalets, had prepared a special reunion/birthday dinner for all of us, as we were celebrating birthdays ranging from a 12th to a 75th along with the reunion! My cousin Susan and I share a birthday–although she is a few years older than I–and to celebrate together in such splendid surroundings nearly brought tears to my eyes. The hotel seated us on the patio, and we were able to look up from our conversations every so often, and watch as the sunset painted the mountains across the valley rosy pink.

But the meal!  Oh the meal!  A table setting worthy of the rich and famous…..

….and a meal to delight all the senses–melon and prosciutto; salad; lamb with duchesse potatoes; and perfectly steamed vegetables.

A delightful champagne….then wine….and then a mouth-watering, specialty-of-the-house fruit tart for dessert!

Dusk descended upon us as we finished coffee, liqueurs, and dessert, gazing over the lights of the valley and the very last of the sunset.  We talked quietly as we walked up the hill to our chalets, making the magic of the day last as long as we could.

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