Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Switzerland 2 France

Chapter 39 - Switzerland 2 France

Dear Diary....
After all the beauty of Switzerland, Mountains , green lands and amazing views, we are now on our way to France.
Mum and Dad had  to wait few days in France to go and Pick apples and they had to met some friends to get things organized and go to the farm to start working but that will be on next chapter ;)

From Switzerland to France was not too far but we were not in a rush, so we had time to make the most of the driving... and we did !

One important point to register... If you drive in France DO NOT GO ON THE MOTORWAY, is expensive and you will loose beautiful places.

I did told you in chapters before that  parents did offer me a TomTom (wish they decide to call him "Freekas P.S"
The TomTom is an amazing tool on the road.
Try to go into a wrong road and the Tom Tom will get you back in the same road but... will take you on very rare roads and true some very peculiar villages you never get to know if the Tom Tom do not take you there.
Mum and dad found some amazing medieval places in France and they never dream that France could be soo amazing as it is.
Close to the Swiss border, we found a beautiful medieval village called Pouncin. Half of the village looked dead. Lots of shop were closed down and there were not many people around, but the buildings and the energy of the place was truly amazing.

We did stop many times and we have stayed in a couple of camping parks while travelling our way to France.
One of the park we stopped was just 15km away from the famous Volvic.
The place we stayed for a night was Camping Bel-air.
Nice camping area with very big old trees and shadow. Although dad didn't really like the service and the owner was not the friendliest we met along the way.
(maybe he didnt like my freeky look compared with all the posh looking caravan he had on the side!?)
* Its an expensive camping park,
* The owner is arrogant and...
* They didn't have Internet access...
Fodam-se !!

And so, we arrived to our destination  with no problems :0)
Mum and Dad know of some market and they tied there lucky by going to sale in there ;)
They made some new friends and met some others that was there looking for work too.
Should I say... Only Portuguese people. Not only... but almost all.

So we spent couple days in Objat and when our friend arrived, she join us to get into the farm to start work.

If you look at the photos, you will see lots of Renault (very old) but they still on the run and working hard :)
Was brilliant to see my old ansestrals ;)

Soon I will tell you all about the apple picking but for now

Thank you !!

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Switzerland - Giger

Chapter 38 - Switzerland - Giger

Dear Diary...
After all the running around in Zurich  looking at the Dada  (Cabaret Voltaire) place and....
Did you read the last chapter ? if not... Read here:

I dont like to repeat things !!!

Anyyyyway.... After we left the Camping park, Dad had a surprise of his life (only a bluff !!) ha ha)
Males, males, males, males... They are all males.... Did you see the video on top ?
That was... After we leave the Camping park, Mum and dad made their way to Giger Museum in Château de Gruyères, a Medieval Village which has been kept  with its original features... as they say !!!

But anywayyy... After we left the camping park (did I say this before ??) Dad saw this massive camp (hectares and hectares) of land , full of Weed plants... MASSIVE !

Dad stopped me in the middle of the road and jumped out like mad running in direction of the fields.
No fences... nothing ! When dad get to touch the plants, he realize they are all males :( :( :...(
They had big heads but that was only seeds. Thousands and thousands of weed plants... only males !
THIS SHOULD BE ILLEGAL !!! If they have to make it, they should make it with females , not males !!!

Why ? why ? Dad was screaming in the middle of the road with a tear in the conner of his eye (Now is time for a bit of drama, just to make the scene more shocking !!) hahahahaha...

Anywayyyyy.... Nothing to do about that but dad nearly had a hearth attack.
Now you ask...
But how ?
Dad wonder the same !! How tha F***
But I say...
This is a step forward !
This plants will make fabric, rob, medicines, Bird food and more...
Do you want to know how ?
Because I dont know too and the story don't finish here !

After all this excitement, mum and dad stopped for a coffee to calm down (as usual... always a good excuse to stop for a coffee !!)

They didn't bring even SEEDS... Ignorants
( Dad introduction on this text ) *Stupid metal creature... Male seeds only give male plants !*
Anyway... I dont know much about vegetables... Vegy !!
By now, you (the reader) have noticed that the author of this blog is showing a Split personality. We are taking the most Urgent presider's to solve his head case. Mean time, while we are waiting for the psychiatric clinic to contact us back ,please keep reading as if this is all normal.

Anywayyy, after all this excitement (did I say this before ? Jesus, something is wrong with me today !?)
The way to Gruyère was amazing.... up up up up, that was the roads in Switzerland.

Magnificent views ... We stopped in a place where was an exhibition of Painted cows... yes, have a look in the photos  and you will see what I am talking about....

All was beautiful and finally we arrived in Gruyère, The village where the Giger museum is and... do not forget the famous Gruyère cheese.

O.M.G ... The view... The place... The bottle of whisky... The micro point... was all there !!

The parents were happy as a Pig in Shit ! :o)
First day , when we arrived, they only have visited the Bar and had a look around the (posh) village. The next day they visited the museum and went back to the bar again... You have to see the photos...
Mountains... Medieval Village... Beautiful.. beautiful.. beautiful and many tourist restaurants !!!

As a curiosity matter, parents asked one of the bar workers how many times Giger come to this pace.
The Girl in the bar told them that Giger lives in Zurich and comes around the museum 2 to 3 time s in a year.

The village have a castle and a church (as any village) and we had been walking the place up and down , from mountain to mountain... (bloody bottle of whisky.)
Anywayyyy... Do I need to say, we spent the night there and got back next morning to see the museum ? or did  I say this before ?
I think I did... not !

Words... dont come easy, to me.. na na na na .. na na .. you make me say... I love it... words dont come easy.
SORRY... only a song ! :)
But ey... have a look in the photos and you will see how amazing it was .. really was amazing ! :) :) :)

and again.. on the run... back to road...
On our way to France...
Off we go then...

To read one more chapter of ...
"The mountains campervan "

(pssst... and make sure you remember  to see the photos)

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Switzerland - DaDa

Chapter 37 - Switzerland - DaDa

Dear Diary...

After the relaxing days in Hungary, I finally got on my way to France but before I got to France, Dad had some Ideas to take me to Switzerland to visit some very special places he always dreamed to go.
 Now you ask...
What Places ? 
and I answer....

Dad is mad about Dadaism and we love the works of Giger too (more about Giger in late chapters) but for now, this chapter is about the first stop we made in Switzerland and the way there !

Lets start again...
Took us 1 day to arrive in Zurich (Switzerland) . 
 First night (on our way to Switzerland) we stop in a small village to sleep on a back of a church 
(pssst... very nice approach by one of the Nuns in the morning ;) 

We didn't get to stay in Zurich for too long but dad wanted to visit (Cabaret Voltaire
and now you ask...
What is Cabaret Voltaire ?
and I answer...
Is where DaDaism movement started in 1916 !
and then you ask again...
But what it is Dadaism ?
and I answer...
Look at Wiki page and read !!

Switzerland... What more can you expect other then Beautiful Mountains and views !?
IT IS  Beautiful !!

Finally, Zurich and Cabaret Voltaire bar / exhibitions place.
Words ? how can I explain the place ? Its DaDa ! 
Do not look like nothing, is not a Bar but sell alcohol, is not a Museum but still as it was left in 1922.
Is not a Art Gallery but have some exhibition running in the toilets... is not commercial but have a shop under selling Memorabilia...
Dada it is a is, without the Bs but with some niiis !
Thats Dada !
Shocking !?
Thats why Dada exist... to make what is not normal, to create what is Immoral, to change what is normal... to destroy prototypes !
Is no shelf for dadaism !

BUT... Zurich is not just Dadaism, actually, is a very City feel and very square looking buildings.
Ofcorse we had visited the most tourist part of the city. Restaurants, shops was everywhere. 
Very artistic directed (as Giger lives there too;)

After mum and dada ;) have been to Cabaret Voltaire bar drinking something , they walked a bit around but soon left the place to keep driving me up to the mountains to visit (HR Giger Museum in Gruyère, near the France boarder) 

 It was still a long way to go, so they decided to stop in a Camping park for a good sleep, food and shower.

The camping park was in Salavaux and it was a big T.c.s camp park.
T.C.S is a big camping parks company working in Switzerland, they manage most camping parks)
Good Things about this camping park...
Very nicely situated near to a lake and lots of facilities

Bad things about this park...
1 - When we arrived at 7.00pm, was no one on the gate and we have to be helped by some resident in the restaurant to let us go in and get us a space

2 - Next morning before we leave, we had to pay 40 Euros for the night, which was very expensive considering we do  have to pay extra 2.00 Euros for 30.00 minutes of Internet.

 but ey... Mums did Cook a nice dinner and next day we had shower and we were ready to go for the next adventure in the mountains.

Do you want to know what's going to happen next ??

Or wait for one more chapter of 
"The climbing mountains camper van"