Saturday, May 29, 2010

Cruising Lac Leman

Cologny, the "Beverly Hills" of Geneva

Bain de Paquis

All aboard!

La Suisse, celebrating its 100th annisversary

Jignesh enjoying a spring cruise

Where is the Swiss flag?

Jet d' Eau

Today, our neighbor invited us aboard La Suisse for a short cruise on Lac Leman. Celebrating its 100th year annisversary, La Suiss recently underwent a two-year and multi-million dollar restoration. The restoration team did an amazing job of perserving as many original features as possible including wood paneling, lighting fixtures, and safey railings. Because our neighbor is friends with a member of the restoration team, we were even able to visit the meticiously spotless engine room! What a great afternoon on a beautiful boat!

Au Revoir.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Paris and Roland Garros

We loved Roland Garros so much last year that we decided to go again this year! So, this past weekend we hopped in our trusty Daewood and headed to Paris. On the first day of the tournament, Monday, we roamed the grounds and were able to see some good matches and lots of great players practicing (including Roger Federer, Jelena Jankovic, Andy Murray, etc!). But it was Tuesday for which we really had to warm up those neck muscles! With tickets to Court Suzanne Lenglen (the second biggest stadium court), we were in store for an amazing day of tennis starting with Fernando Verdasco. The second match of the day had the entire stadium on the edge of their seats with the 39-year-old Kimiko Date Krumm finally upsetting former #1 Dinara Safina. The match of the day, however, was Rafeal Nadal. The score did not reflect the battle between one of the world's greatest and a young Frenchman appearing in his first Roland Garros. It was truly amazing to watch one of history's most talented tennis players in his element. The fourth and last match of the day featured Maria Sharapova. Wow, is she intense! In between all those great matches on Suzanne Lenglen we also caught a parts of a few other great matches on the outside courts. With so much tennis happening throughout the grounds, our senses were on overload the entire two days!

While we did go to Paris mainly for Roland Garros, we did have some free time to re-visit the city that is quickly becoming one of our favorites. We enjoyed some sushi in the lively Latin Quartier and joined millions of others to check out the agriculture fair on Avenue Champ Elysee. If you want have a craving for some delicious, authentic Napoli pizza while in Paris, we know where to send you! Jignesh is also now in love with the business district and the Grand Arche. Despite the fact that we drove home in the middle of the night and arrived back in Geneva after 4am, it was well worth it! What a weekend!

Au Revoir.

Roland Garros Pictures

Maria Sharapova playing her first round match

If you look closely, Roger Federer is sitting down after a practice session

Dinara Safina practicing

I love Roland Garros!

Rafeal Nadal playing his first round match

Jelena Jankovic practicing

US's newest tennis sensation, Melanie Oudin

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Just Plugging Along...

I know it has been a while since I have posted but not much as been going on here. We have been winding down from my parents visit and just plugging on with daily in Europe is not always fulls of thrills and adventures!

Today, Thursday May 13, is a random holiday in Switzerland so Jignesh has a much needed day off from work. We hope to use the time to plan our summer trips (States in late July/early August and a bunch of other smaller trips!) and just relax. On another front, I joined a nearby tennis club and love playing on red clay! We will be seeing the professionals play on the stuff next weekeend when we go to Roland Garros (i.e., the French Open) in Paris. Aside from tennis, I have been running and swimming quite a lot and hope to add some cycling to mix as the weather improves...maybe I will even find a triathlon to enter. Every Tuesday and Thursday evening, you can still find Jignesh and me sitting in French class pretending to understand the teacher (ok, I think Jignesh is getting it but I am still waiting for that moment when it all clicks).

What about Schlopy? Our "son" is doing great. He loves that I am home more to take him for long walks and enjoys making friends at the nearby dog park. On the rare occassions that we eat out, he loves to come along. He also has found a love for shopping as he often accompanies me when I need to run errands (except for the grocery store, dogs are welcome just about anywhere!).

So, that is a short and random update from the land of chocolate and cheese. Stay tuned as the summer kicks in and we set off on some more adventures!

Au Revoir.