lungern, switzerland - lazy sunday afternoon at the lake

All of Europe closes shop and heads out on holiday in August, and Alex and I took full advantage by staying right at home. We spent most weekends in bathing suits with a packed picnic and a few cool bottles of wine, lazing around lakeside, doing absolutely nothing. Cue the Kinks: "All I've got is this sunny afternoon...."

Lake Lungern, Lungernsee, Switzerland

One sunny (but windy) Sunday, we drove down to Lake Lungern (Lungernsee) and were greeted with a real-life painting.

Lake Lungern, Lungernsee, Switzerland

Wind be damned, I stripped off my Breton sweater and jumped in.

Lake Lungern, Lungernsee, Switzerland

Lake Lungern, Lungernsee, Switzerland

Alex opted not to swim in the ice-cold mountain lake and instead took a nap, baking in the sun.

Lake Lungern, Lungernsee, Switzerland

Scenes to drop your jaw, but Walensee is still the reigning king of Sunday swim spots to us.

Lake Lungern, Lungernsee, Switzerland

Lake Lungern, Lungernsee, Switzerland

After taking in the views, we fired up the disposable grill and got to cooking.


Ok, Alex cooked. But I did the other important thing: twist off the wine.

Lake Lungern, Lungernsee, Switzerland


A billion thanks to Katharina, Max, Tobi, Ingrid, Stefan, Viola, Felix & Sabrina for an incredible wedding present which included these portable plastic travel wine glasses -- they are the BEST and got a lot of use this summer.

Lake Lungern, Lungernsee, Switzerland



Cold melon and cold rose for dessert.

Lake Lungern, Lungernsee, Switzerland

Lake Lungern, Lungernsee, Switzerland

Lake Lungern, Lungernsee, Switzerland
Me: "Do I look like a really cool explorer?"
Alex: "No, you look like a dork who's not wearing pants."

And then we settled down in the sun with our books and emptied our glasses, watching the wind stir the water and a sailboat cruise along the coast.


Lake Lungern, Lungernsee, Switzerland


Lake Lungern, Lungernsee, Switzerland

One last dip before we packed up and headed back to Basel.

Lake Lungern, Lungernsee, Switzerland

Really a truly fantastic spot. Leap-for-joy worthy.

Lake Lungern, Lungernsee, Switzerland

Yes, but actually make an attempt to leave the ground.

Lake Lungern, Lungernsee, Switzerland

Close enough...

To get to our little spot, drive to the campground at the southern point of the lake. Walk down past the little cafe/bar/gelato spot, and wade across the water to the green paradise on the other side.


Lake Lungern, Lungernsee, Switzerland

Set up shop on the banks.

Lake Lungern, Lungernsee, Switzerland

With the mountains behind you (and, likely, a genetically perfect blonde-hair blue-eyed family peacefully flying kites).


And a postcard-perfect view in front of you. Enjoy!

Lake Lungern, Lungernsee, Switzerland

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