Adventures in Aix
Pretty impressive, eh? Well, this beautiful creature was located squarely (roundly?) in the middle of a busy roundabout, but we nonetheless wanted to get closer to inspect it thoroughly! Oddly, the instant we stepped near it after risking life and limb to cross the street, it shut off and left us with a mere trickle as opposed to its previous splendor...
At Home in Geneva
For those of you who don't yet know it, I'm absolutely obsessed with Switzerland. The instant we drive across the border between France and my home-away-from-home, I can honestly feel the difference--it's almost like I get a sort of life force from being there! So, spending a day running around one of my favorite Swiss cities was a definite treat! (Not to mention the fact that one of my best friends, Nathalie Tschumi, came with!) The academic portion of our field trip involved locating as many coats of arms as possible (related to a lesson from that day) and alerting each other slug-bug style. BUT...as Geneva has more coats of arms throughout the city than the U.S. has flags on the fourth of July, I quickly decided to abolish the game to avoid having bruises all over my upper arms... And the boys just amused themselves by playing chess instead!
We then headed over to the lake to enjoy the incomparable Jet d'Eau. It's actually just a spurt of water that constantly shoots 450 feet into the air, but somehow, it's still extremely cool--especially since you can walk all the way down its jetty and get absolutely drenched in the process... Yup--it was an awesome day for all of us! (And check out that blue sky! Must have been because Switzerland is another name for paradise...)