Friday, January 6, 2012

A Swiss Christmas

We arrived in Switzerland to light snow. We had a ground cover for one or two days and then the rains came in and washed away our white Christmas. Anna and Steffen provided us with the perfect Swiss Christmas complete with cutting our own tree and having lighted candles on it. Here is a little video highlight.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

plaques de muselet

In the category of what I learned on my European vacation, I want to introduce the collection of those metal caps that sit on the top of a champagne cork underneath the wire. Who knew these were collectables? They are apparently traded with great fervor in Champagne country. Many of these plaques de muselet are much more colorful and artistic than the one I pulled off my New Year's Eve bottle of Champagne last night. But I've gotta start somewhere.