Bits and pieces from our 2018 trip

15 Nov
15 November 2018.
Our trip photos rotate on my screen saver and stir up memories to the point I don’t want to pause them so I can use the laptop. We have been home for a month and are still talking about our trip to Italy and Switzerland while planning for another adventure in the Spring.
Some are funny, some unusual, and there are cats.

Cats, cats, cats

We love cats and seldom get good photos. Somehow they know when the shutter is about to click and they look away. I had pretty good luck this trip.

High above Rapallo, Italy, we found a charming hotel and restaurant with about a dozen dependents who happily posed for us.

Another of the lovely cats of Montallegro near Rapallo.

A cold, glacial stream satisfied this hardy neighborhood cat. Lauterbrunnen, SW.

This little guy joined us for lunch one day in the mountains and shared our prosciutto. Fermeda Hütte near Santa Cristina, Italy.

We were enjoying strudel and espresso when the chef came out to offer this little guy his breakfast: thinly sliced prosciutto. Alpe di Siusi, Italy.

Signs and Labels

Amusing word choices and translations that don’t work.
I am sorry that  I neglected to take a picture of the sign above a place for parking bicycles that called it a “Bike Reck.”

Watch out for those dangerous, rampaging suckler cows! Seen all over Switzerland.

3-out-of-four in English. But we know what they mean. Pontresina, SW.

The lift had an official sign saying 4 people could ride in it, but this hand-written note warned us it was only safe for 2 people to go down. Beat the Paris elevator we had last year that only accommdated one person.

Findus is a big brand in frozen foods in Italy, but this product name in Switzerland threw us. They were good but not addictive.

Throughout Austia one can find the amusingly named Mozart’s Balls.

I am ham. Milan, IT. And why French?

Funny name for a hand wipe (Lausanne, SW).


Honor kiosks and roadside cheese vending were among our favorites.

Cheese vending machine found along a rural road in the Lauterbrunnen Valley, SW.

Same machine dispensed sausage.

Truly an honor kiosk: cheese and honey in an artful roadside box.

An enterprising person laid these out for purchase on the honor system, 5 Euros per item. Alpe di Siusi, Italy.


No idea how to classify these gems.

10:30 in the morning is a great time for a beer break when you are hiking with your baby. Near Passo Sella, Italy.

Ric found this facility in a men’s room in the Val Gardena.

18 Responses to “Bits and pieces from our 2018 trip”

  1. Kathy November 16, 2018 at 08:15 #

    Loved the pictures, Laurel!! I always look forward to reading your posts.


    • Laurel November 16, 2018 at 08:47 #

      Grazie! It was fun to look back through the hundreds of pictures for a few oddballs.


  2. Kim November 16, 2018 at 07:35 #

    Too many funny ones. Love that you share.


    • Laurel November 16, 2018 at 08:48 #

      Thank you, Kim! Miss you! Happy Thanksgiving!


  3. Chloe November 16, 2018 at 06:03 #

    I have started seeing vending machines for food in France also. Oddly enough, in rather rural towns. The ones I’ve seen are for bread, not surprisingly.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Laurel November 16, 2018 at 08:49 #

      So your daily baguette fresh from the vending machine? Not so charming as the bakery but practical if they are already closed.


  4. Gina November 16, 2018 at 02:39 #

    Why hasn’t Wisconsin thought of putting cheese in vending machines!? Love it!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Laurel November 16, 2018 at 08:49 #

      Hahaha! You should launch that!


  5. Marcia Kakiuchi November 15, 2018 at 19:09 #

    Crack sticks and Fisch are my fav’s! Plus the kitties of course!🌟

    Liked by 1 person

    • Laurel November 16, 2018 at 08:50 #

      Kitties, of course! So nice of them to coo[perate for once. do love foreign language signs and labels.


  6. Grier November 15, 2018 at 18:08 #

    Some of these are really funny, and all are interesting. How I would have liked a cheese vending machine in my old workplace!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Laurel November 15, 2018 at 18:14 #

      Cheese is such a weakness for me: good cheese that is! The location of the machine was so curious, not far from the Staubbach Falls in Lauterbrunnen, but not where a lot of people walk.


  7. jono51 November 15, 2018 at 16:21 #

    love the cats and vending machine! Not so sure about the men’s room fixture. 🙂


    • Laurel November 15, 2018 at 16:23 #

      Yes, well, file under interesting… We do live to see cats wherever we go!


  8. Will McAllister November 15, 2018 at 16:12 #

    Hi Laurel, love the pix. Just returned from Italy. Thanks for your Turin recommendations – loved our apartment off Via Po that had a full-on view of the Mole. A very un-touristy city. Thanks also for recommending the Prati district of Rome. Our apartment was on a very local street, with lots of terrific restaurants and gelati shops.


    • Laurel November 15, 2018 at 16:19 #

      Great to hear, Will! I will look forward to seeing Gracia’s photos!



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