Next spot was absolutely fabulous - remembering we are a NZ couple who are based in the UK for a few years and want to enjoy seeing some of what Europe has to offer. There are some gorgeous countries just over the channel and so accessible.
So when we were offered an apartment in Switzerland for ten days over Christmas we jumped at the chance. There were lots of other places coming available over the Christmas period but really did seem like that chance for the long awaited 'White Christmas'. Good to remember that this certainly is a great time of year to find Housesits as everybody wants a break from a miserable cold winter and or wants to be together with families in some other part of the world.
Richard's place was a little slice of heaven, on the edge of Lake Geneva in Nyon, just a few miles out of Geneva. He kindly picked us up from the airport and also took us across the border to France to do some grocery shopping. We had been told that Switzerland is 'eye wateringly' expensive so were very ready to take advice from the locals. That really is one of the wonderful things about having a wee bit of time with the owners of the house, before they head away. A little local knowledge can go a long way and you can make the most of the time spent there. Being introduced to a couple of local friends can be another bonus!!
We also made a wonderful discovery, just a few metres from our doorstep. A little corner store with a plentiful supply of what Switzerland does so well - wine, cheese and chocolate, all at fabulous prices so who could ask for more?
The apartment was very European in styling, sleek and minimumlistic, but cosy and comfortable with only the pot plants to look after. The view across the lake was stunning and when the clouds lifted the Alps looked spectacular. We did awake to snow covered houses and streets one morning but sadly the White Christmas was not to be.
In Nyon, the Christmas decorations were all up and the streets were abuzz with action, markets full of wonderful foods, Christmas goodies and a glass of warm Gluhwein to warm the insides. Then we hoped on the train and were in Geneva within twenty minutes admiring all those real luxury items that Switzerland its reknown for.