Today is the day we leave Zurich, but more importantly, today is the day we rent a car and drive to Strasbourg. I repeat: drive. Mom hasn't driven a stick shift since I was born and we don't understand international driving rules. I can't wait.
It went way more smoothly than either of us could have hoped. Mom forgot she was driving a stick shift only once when we had to slow down going into France.
We're heading to a BBQ at a winery that's held every year. The Bouchards, whom were staying with, are good friends of the owners and they invited us along. We spend several hours at picnic tables tasting wine and eating while trying to stay cool. Pierre, the winemaker, gives us a tour and tells us about the winery and their individual vineyards.
We head back to the Bouchards house via the wine road and get a glimpse of the Alsacian countryside and villages. We're going to drive this again tomorrow.
We then spend time drinking Champagne and some Beaumes de Venise while talking until it is cool enough to eat dinner on the Bouchards rooftop deck.
We had delicious steaks from the farmer next door, followed by cheese and cake. It was a wonderful day.