the new year; traveling for chocolate… and much more

Switzerland was actually “Plan B”

We had hoped to get to Fire Island (Long Island) at The Pines for Rosh haShan­nah to be with a col­league and at the beach. How­ev­er, because “the sea­son” at The Pines was still going strong, the two estab­lish­ments where we tried to book rooms could not com­mit, bare­ly even return­ing our calls or emails.

So, Plan B; Chocolate research and Jewish adventures in Switzerland.

Our Amer­i­can Air­lines miles had accu­mu­lat­ed enough for us to fly to Zurich and back from Gene­va so we rent­ed a small car and devel­oped a plan to spend time in Zurich, Basel, Gruyères and Gene­va. I booked sim­ple hotel rooms. I also con­tact­ed the rab­bi in Zurich who arranged for us to join his con­gre­ga­tion Or Chadash.

Deb­bie thought through the choco­late stops. We had heard about the choco­late train from Mon­treaux to Broc and back. Tan­ta­liz­ing as it was, on clos­er research it was expen­sive and it lim­it­ed our time at Cailler. Since we would have a car, we decid­ed to for­go the train. This turned out to be a great deci­sion.

On shar­ing these thoughts and what actu­al­ly hap­pened with Libbe, she respond­ed that they seemed like a won­der­ful mix­ture of care­ful plan­ing and serendip­i­ty.

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posted on October 4, a month (minus a day) from our departure

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