This weekend we have the huge pleasure of celebrating Arnold’s 70th Birthday in our favorite hotel, the Grandhotel Giessbach in Berner Oberland. On the picture below you can see the hotel in the upper left, in the lower right the landing stage and in the middle you can see a glimpse of the waterfall.


And this is the view from the 25 square metre balcony of Arnold’s suite to the left:


and to the right:




We had a lovely lunch with my grand-maman at Restaurant Sonne at lake Sempach. The gigantic playground made Keagan miss the whole lunch including dessert and so Susanna and I had lots of time to have a proper conversation with her.

Grandpapa is gone

Yesterday was my grandfathers funeral. He died last Saturday after being diagnosed with cancer less then 4 weeks before. Keagan and I visited him two days before his death and he was still smiling and cracking jokes.

I have very fond memories of my childhood when I stayed at their place in the vineyards close to Lausanne. He was a mechanic and he would often construct things for me. He taught me to cycle on a little street in the vineyards and I was allowed to help harvesting the grapes in autumn which was something very special. It was always fun to spend time with him. When I was acting silly he would always call me “Guaggechopf”.

He was a very warm and friendly person and we loved him really dearly. We will miss him a lot.


(Grandpapa with Sarah and Keagan watching the otters in Zoo Zurich last Summer)