Tuesday, February 5, 2013


It has been an interesting few days.  Saturday morning we had plans to go to the balloon festival in Chateaux-d'Oex.  There is a huge light show in the evening so we had a hotel reservation for Saturday night.  I had gotten the reservations months ago and even though they were expensive, I felt it was one of those things I really wanted to do before we move home.  Kelly woke up at 4am throwing up and said she couldn't even stand up without falling over.  I was just getting over the flu and Keith had had it the week before.  I was so disappointed.  Keith called Hotels.com and they allowed us to cancel our non-refundable reservation.  Keith and Josh figured they could spend the day and just come home late Saturday night.  I stayed home with Kelly.  As it turned out, the festival was cancelled because of the weather and thanks to Kelly we saved a few hundred dollars by cancelling the room earlier that day.  Way to get sick Kelly!

Josh and Keith still enjoyed their day walking around Chateux -d'Oex and having fondue for lunch.
The valley where the Balloons would have been. 

The first non-stop round-the-world balloon trip started here in Chateau-d'Oex in 1999.

Monday, Kelly was feeling better and we left for Barcelona.  We have a great two bedroom apartment directly behind the Sagrada Familia.  We spent today at the beach for a few hours and then walked all around Barcelona.

The view from our apartment.

Josh cut his knee playing frisbee.

Christopher Columbus in the Harbor of Barcelona

Josh pointing the way to the New World

Josh found a real bargain on a Lionel Messi jersey, and thought he would change shirts in the middle of Las Ramblas pedestrian street, but suddenly got shy. So he had a brilliant idea - to put the new shirt on first, and then take off the first shirt from inside. It took some untangling, but he made it out alive.  So much less embarrassing that way. 

With all the pastry shops to choose from ... we end up in Dunkin Donuts. 

The Cathedral in the old city. 

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