Oh Switzerland….You sure grabbed a hold of my schnitzel:

Oh Switzerland! You sure grabbed a hold of my schnitzel.

Because my schnitzel was the only thing that was warm in Switzerland. 🙂

Well… and my heart too. Switzerland warms the heart and soul.  Right down to your Schnitzel.


The people, the sights, the sounds, the cities, the mountains….



Why does my front lawn look like a thousand dogs pee’d on it, and these rolling hills look like a gift from the Schnitzel Gods?  Stunning !!



Hillside bliss. Gorgeousness.



I wanted to stand on this hilltop and yodel, but I was with friends.  I was afraid they may feel the urge to throw me off of the side of the mountain. That may have been manageable, if  they threw me a schnitzel.  And maybe a goat.  With a bell.



How a.d.o.r.a.b.l.e are the goats in Switzerland ?!



And a Swiss Army Knife.  Holy stink, are those AWESOME or what?  Holding a Swiss Army Knife makes you feel like you are 007.  You can do anything with that little pocket knife of awesomeness.   I think I could have whittled my way back up the mountain.  Maybe it is best to not equip me with weapons like that.  It is waaaaay too much fun in a pocket.  One could occupy themselves for hours with a Swiss Army Knife.  You can open wine, slice cheese, and disassemble a small car engine.  Magic.



~ Beautiful Swiss MAGIC ~

Beauty is everywhere!

I had a wee problem in Switzerland:

  For the life of me, I can’t figure out why my friends didn’t teach me how to yodel.


Tragically, I also had the RICOLA commercial stuck in my head for an entire week.   It only seemed right to scream Riccccoooola from a mountain top.

 At least my head thought so.

I felt the urge to punch myself in the head.

But the cookies side tracked me.

Saved by the cookies.

And the beauty of the mountains.


Mountain LOVE. How beautiful would it be to live there?!

Yodeling is still used in Switzerland by the Alpine Farmers to herd cattle from the mountains.

 ^^^      Did you just read that??!!      ^^^

Helloooo, I bet you weren’t expecting such incredibly useful knowledge.  Ricccooooola and yodelling knowledge.  Aren’t you happy that I have that word stuck in your head too?

 Do you want to yodel it from a mountain top? My bad.

After visiting Switzerland, I came up with a plan:

I think I should try to Yodel from my front porch at home:

‘ I will herd the family to dinner (a.k.a popcorn) ‘

Our house sits on an ant hill compared to the mountains of Switzerland, but hey…it could be worth a shout out.


Go with your GUT feeling !



I don’t know about you, but the smell of popcorn and warm butter is enough to melt anyone’s heart and make them come running to the kitchen.

Non?  If you say NO, we can no longer be friends.

POPCORN is my bestie.

 I may forgive you if you bring chocolate.

 Swiss Chocolate.

And a latte for accompaniment.  Thank you very much.

Latte LOVE

One other Swiss problem : My packing embarrassment.

 Dear Switzerland,  It is summer.  Love,  The flip flops that didn’t leave my suitcase.



All the pink colour in Switzerland was on the walls, not my cheeks.

My bad. Who is stupid enough to pack flip flops to go to the mountains?

Uhhm. Shut up.

P.s. If you travel to Switzerland, don’t pack your flip flops, dummy.  Who does that?

Steeple LOVE

Mother nature is so beautiful. So seriously beautiful.  Switzerland has is all wrapped up.  In beautiful mountainous packages of bliss.

Have you ever watched this BEAUTY video??!! :



Doesn’t that just make you sit back and think…wow…mother earth is one incredible place to be??





Just there.

How lucky are we that we get to see it?

 We live in it.  

Natural beauty is all around us.

On our mountain trek (aka walking for 30 minutes), we stopped and stared at some goats along the way. Yes, even the goats are gorgeous.  Until you smell goat urine.

Just sayin’.

I forgot about mother nature for just a second and dreamt of nose plugs.  If there was a nose plug store along the way, I would have stopped and paid about $1,000.00 for a nose sealed deal.

See how long my mother nature love lasted!? About 3 seconds.

The smell of goat urine can bring a grown man/woman to their knees.

Which way? Which way OUT?



I lie. It was gawwwhorgeous. I was so side tracked by my pockets full of chocolate and wiener schnitzels, I didn’t dare even think about adding nose plugs to the pocket mix.

I had to draw the line somewhere.

What travel destination warms your Schnitzel?!

My definition of Swiss-land:   The land where ‘melt in your mouth’ chocolate meets cookies.  I topped if off with wine, Swiss cheese and the occasional schnitzel.

 I may never poop again.


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  1. Dear Lynne,
    I just discovered your blog. How fun. I follow Design mom and I LOVE YOUR HOUSE, pool, treehouse! We recently moved to Switzerland from Charleston SC USA. I have a dream of hosting a dinner party on my balcony with some really interesting people and just letting them talk. I am a good cook and I live just outside of LUCERN, Switzerland Wanna come:)? Please let me know when you plan to come back to this lovely little country, We will be here for a few years and I would love to meet you and take you to see some cows. Where did you visit befor? Only goats?
    Also follow us at moxiblog.com.

    • Hellooooo Hollee
      I just wrote a comment on your blog. Wow ! Small world !

      I love your idea of hosting a dinner party on your balcony ! I just held a bloggers retreat here at my home with 9 women entrepreneurs and we just talked. It was the most epic experience evvvvha.

      Great idea ! Do it.

      I wish I was your neighbour. I’d be there in a flash. If I travel back to Switzerland again, I will be knocking on your door fooooshur !

      xx Kisses,

  2. Alex says:

    I would never leave. They’d have to drag my ass out of the country and deport me. Then again I could say the same for Paris.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Haha Alex
      Sorry for the late reply. A MONTH LATER. Your comment was in my junk email box and I didn’t even know I had one ! eeeeek.
      Well helllllooooo sista. How are ya luv? Nice to see your smiling photo again with your sons face. A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E.

  3. Oh my gosh, I love Switzerland so much…in fact I’m extremely lucky to be half Swiss. On the downside I haven’t been to visit my family for 3 years, transporting 3 kids under 8 is costly!!! I miss most of all, the smell of wild herbs in the mountains, hiking, cheese fondue, hell ANY fondue!! And my utter favourite Raclette.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Oh Chantal
      I suddenly have the urge to hop a plane and go back to Switzerland…the smell of the wild herbs, cheese fondue, raclette…ohhhhhh BLISS! I hope you do get back to Switzerland some time with your three kidlets. They would love it, wouldn’t they?! If you need to adopt anyone into your family, I am up for adoption. My bags are packed, minus the flip flops. Lynne xx

      • I’ll adopt you but only if you build me a tree house!! Although my puny little apple trees are a bit rubbish for that….it;d be like a dolls tree house and I’m certainly not doll size! I’ll adopt you anyways just because you’re funny 🙂

  4. What? Huh?? Did someone say Paris????

    Wonderful post darling!

    I’m still so sad I missed out on the goat peeing, cheese eating, chocolate gorging and schnitzel binging fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And the controversial video? 🙂 🙂 I love his passion – that’s my two cents.


  5. Too funny about the goat pee. Along the roadside in England, if you so much as looked at a goat or a sheep it would start to pee. I have not yet made it to the Swiss countryside but I’ve seen Geneva and the French Alps. In the Alps, we were throwing snowballs in the summer time, so definitely no flip flops. Glad to hear and see you had an amazing time.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Ha Michaela,
      That is hilarious! “if you looked at a goat it would start to pee”…much like dogs when they see a hub cap on a car. LOL.
      Lynne xx

  6. Hi Lynne,

    what a great blog post 🙂 I find it very interesting what people from other countries say about Switzerland, hahaha, that was cool to read. My hometown’s just a few miles away from Switzerland and we went skiing there all the time (and my cousin’s Swiss…) and I lived in Zermatt.

    Where exactly did you go? I couldn’t see that on the pictures, maybe Berner Oberland (don’t know what that is in English)? But I can see you had a blast!!!

    I had to watch the video a second time after I read Peggy’s comment. I couldn’t find anything in there that would insult or discriminate anyone or any belief. Feynman was one of the greatest physicists of all times and a very smart man in the field of quantum mechanics. Hmmm?!

    Great post!! Love your sense of humor 🙂


    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hi Franziska!
      I traveled to Zurich and then to St. Gallen (where my friend lives). It was so beautiful! Do you know the area? I bet you do !
      We went traveling to the mountains, bought cookies, stared at goats and yodelled. LOL.
      Yes, I agree, Feynman really touched our hearts with the beauty of the world.
      Big love!!

      • Absolutely! I have lived in Konstanz at the Lake of Constance for three years which is right in between Zürich and St. Gallen. Once I even climbed the Säntis 🙂 I visited these places all the time -loved Zürich’s night life….. And I did what you did; except for the yodeling, hahaha.
        Oh I miss my lake!!!

  7. Peggy says:

    I enjoy your blogs but did not particularly enjoy today’s. I do not appreciate anyone espousing an atheist philosophy as the gentleman in the video did. I am a believer and he and others are entitled to their beliefs but if information such as this continues to be a theme, I will have to unsubscribe. I am faithful, NOT doubtful as this gentleman suggests he is and encourages others to be. I look at the world and say, it takes MORE faith to be an atheist when you look at all the wonders of the world.. I do not mean to be critical or mean about this, I just feel the need to be honest. I don’t want to waste my time viewing or reading information that is totally in contrast to what I believe. Thank you.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hello Peggy
      I totally respect your opinion, and if you would like to unsubscribe, it is of course, your choice to do so.
      To tell you the truth, I have watched the video a gazillion times, and never felt anything atheist at all. On the contrary, actually. Richard Feynman really opened my eyes to the absolute beauty of the world around us. I love *just staring* at the natural beauty in the video~ what a gorgeous world we live in. I am in awe of the beauty, the mountains, the flowers, the stunning world we all have at our fingertips.

  8. Linda says:

    Looks like you had a great trip…jealous !!!

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hi Linda~
      Ohhhh my, it was a great trip! Well….even greater if I had goat urine nose plugs…but great. Haha!
      Big love,
      Lynne xx

  9. Suzanne says:

    Lucky you, Switzerland is gorgeous, makes me want to sing a medley of songs from the “sound of music”. Seriously jealous of your adventures and i would pack flip flops even if I were hiking,. I’m famous for use of inappropriate footwear and live in flip flops all summer.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hi Suzanne!
      How are you girlie!?!! Ohhhh it was so fun, to pull out the inappropriate footwear, in the mountains. You should have seen the goats look at me. No worries…they paid me back in goat urine. 🙂
      Big hugs!

  10. mom says:

    Do you write your address in pencil? LOL I love your adventures, next time hide me in your suitcase….

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      HI Mom!!! xxxxxxxxxx
      Ohhhh yes, I write my address in pencil. You taught me well. 🙂
      Btw, I am going to be at your address next week. Haha! I guess I shouldn’t confess when I am going to invade your house in your absence. LOL!!
      Love you,
      Peaches. xx

  11. Dave says:

    I seem to have a few commercials stuck in my head now. Thanks!

    Great post, always enjoy your writing style in these. Great pics as well.

    Thanks for being you.

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Haha! Dave,
      Welcome to my world of ‘repeat song offenders’ in my head, your poor thaaaang.
      Thanks for the blog writing compliment!! Especially …’thanks for being you’…I would like to continue being ME but a ME that can poop. hahahaaaa!
      Big hugs,
      Lynne xx

  12. Dawna Jones says:

    I love yodeling, my grandfather used to be amazing at it!
    And your right who only brings flip flops your crazy! Beautiful pictures though and glad you had a great time!

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      haha Dawna!
      Flip flops make the world go around and around! Well, my world. They just make me happy (even tho I look like a turd). Your grandfather yodelled? I was born into the wrong family. *_*. xx

  13. Soooo much to say about this post! First…. So glad you had fun, albeit with cold toes 😉
    Second….thanks for putting the Riccola commercial in my head. No, really,
    Third….that video is stunningly beautiful and no kidding….i have never heard someone else speak so eloquently about what i believe before. I shall forever be in your debt because from now on, when people come to my front door on a Sunday and try to convert me to their religion, i have the perfect video to play for them. In fact, i may just have it sitting on my front porch, playing on a loop :))))) i love that video!

    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Hi Janet !!
      I miss you, girlie!! No kidding…so sorry for the riccolllaaaaaa brain freeze.
      The video : My girlfriend in Switzerland plays it all the time. It is her all time favourite, whenever she is having a bad day. It cheers her right up!! It is now mine. Gorgeousness. What a voice, too!
      Big hugs my friend, big hugs. xx

  14. Rose Dostal says:

    Oh my! BEAUTIFUL photos Lynne. Must you always make me jealous….sheeeesh!


    • Lynne Knowlton says:

      Rosie Posie Pudding and Pie….
      We will travel together again some day. I can feel Bali calling our name. Or Switzerland. Or Paris. Or Chicago. Or NYC. Or London…haha!!