While the second Sunday in May is usually celebrated as Mothers Day, Ascension is normally celebrated as Fathers Day (at least in Germany). Unfortunately, the first association with Fathers Day n Germany is probably the one of drunken guys pulling hand carts filled with alcohol bottles while chanting loudly.
In Switzerland, however, we haven’t experienced any escalating alcohol consumption, which makes Fathers Day pretty relaxing. We therefore decided to do one of our day trips which I researched during the winter when I was longing for warmer weather. So we packed a small picnic, met our friends and took the train, another train and a bus and ended up in Kyburg, a lovely, picturesque village with a castle about one hour away from Zurich.
Being there with an almost two-year-old and a six-week old baby meant that we approached the whole day in a very relaxed way. A breast-feeding session here, a quick search for a geocache there, then a small bite to eat before we entered the castle. It is situated beautifully on the top of a hill, overlooking the small village, with the outline of the snow-covered Alps in the background. While the little one was relatively unimpressed (except for the old bowling game, a life-sized picture of a kitchen including a dog and a chicken, and the sight of other children) it was still nice to let 800 years of history sink in and to enjoy not only the stories and the architecture but also the small garden. Highlight for both Karsten and the little one: the pond with hundreds of little pollywogs. Thank god the little one already knows about apoptosys…
I will now leave you with some impressions of the trip and continue the rest of the day as relaxed as before, together with the world-beating father! After I made him a kick-ass chocolaty iced coffee. Happy Fathers Day 🙂