OK, I'm back, and it will take some time to get specific content prepared for the blog, but in the meantime, here's a sampling of my trip occasioned by a friend who insisted that certain details went appropriately with The 12 Days of Christmas:
Speed limits on the autobahn ranged from 100 to 130 km/hr with the most common limit being 120. That's 75 mph for us benighted Americans who don't use metric.
|Liechtenstein and Switzerland from Schloss Gutenberg|
Switzerland is famous for their chocolate, and any trip to the chocolate store will entice the buyer with truffles, milk, dark and white chocolates, chocolate-dipped gingerbread and oh, so much more.
Chicago to London plane flights are 8 hrs long. Connections from London to Frankfurt or from Basel were only 90 min, but learning to sleep on the plane was an essential skill, especially since the eastbound leg was overnight (and advanced the clock by 6 hours!).
|Interior: Rathaus, Basel|
On the way to Liechtenstein we noted Schloss Habsburg and stopped for a photo opportunity. Two castles in Liechtenstein (Gutenburg and Vaduz), one in Feldkirch, Austria (Schattenburg), and finally Schloss Laufen atop the Rhinefalls completed our single-day tour.
Switzerland and UK are not "Eurozone" countries, and have their own currencies. British pounds were worth approx $1.60, and Euros were $1.33, which is actually lower than the last 3 times I have been to U.K. and Europe. The Swiss maintain their own currency due to the prevalence of banking, and the Swiss Franc was nearly equal to dollars in value. Europeans like big colorful currency, but by far the most colorful of the lot were the Swiss francs, making them easy to find among the three other currencies in my wallet. Hardest to tell apart were the Pounds and Euros - both in paper currency and coins. I have to admit, I really like the idea of coinage in 1 and 2 pound/euro denominations, but it was surprising to find that Franc paper currency does not come in denominations less than 10 pounds - there are coins ranging from .005 to 5 Francs!
|Belchen, Black Forest, looking NW toward Germany & France|
|Breisach am Rhein, looking toward France from the Muenster|
|"Leu" ferry, Basel|
It was a fantastic trip, and I really did gain some valuable scientific knowledge which I will share in a later post.
Until then, enjoy the photos!