In July we joined Big Art (Arthur's Father), and Marji (Arthur's wicked stepmother) for a delightful trip to Switzerland with all of their children, spouses, and grandchildren. We based ourselves in Meiringen, a delightful village south of Luzern. Over the next days and weeks I will share my journal, photographs, and other goodies from our trip.

Day 1 - 13 July - SFO to Heathrow

We both go to work as usual, but leave early. I around 2:00. I need to finish packing and do some other errands. There's a shower to take and fresh clothing to put on. Arthur arrives around 4:00, and does his stuff and we leave via a deSoto cab around 5:00 p.m.


Check in is unremarkable, so we take some time to look at the silver collection that's on display ­ wonderful German, English, and Austrian pieces. I call Mom and let her know that we're on our way, and attempt a call to Anna as well. Security doesn't look especially busy at the moment so we go through the process, and then go down to the end of the terminal and have a pastry at Il Fornaio ­ wonderful Garibaldis, of which Arthur buys some more for the flight. We descend to our gate, and board, and actually pull away from the gate 10 minutes early ­ we're off!




The flight is ok. We are over a wing, so sight-lines aren't all that great, but it will be dark soon, and won't matter. The route is very low, a gentle curve that only leaves the United States over Minnesota, and misses Greenland altogether. Dinner is on old-fashioned airline meal (would you like the beef or the pasta?) complete with a "what was that?" dessert. I do spend some time reading The Reform of the Roman Catholic Liturgy, but more about that later. Soon after I avoid all of the movies, and go fast to sleep with the help of my LOT blinders from another trip.

MTH 8/12/07
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