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I have lurked on here for some time and enjoy reading the threads. I live in the UK and have no intention of ever moving to Switzerland - we're in early 50s and our imminent retirement income would never meet the criteria! However, we come over at least twice a year (usually Valais) as we love it so much. We spent a month there this summer as part of a 4 month road trip of central Europe, so we were able to see a lot more then we usually do in a vacation fortnight. As we retire we can hopefully explore more of German speaking Switzerland - so I hope I can get tips here in the future

Anyway, I do like coming on here with a pot of coffee or a glass of something. I love your sense of humour (well apart from the occasional troll!) and I find the threads on Swiss culture etc really interesting. Sorry I haven't contributed anything to date - I'm not sure I have much to contribute anyway but I'll try to participate more
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Welcome aboard and feel free to join in. The more the merrier!
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Welcome and tell us when you next come over- stop over for coffee or lunch on your way to the Valais. do you drive via Vallorbe (near us). We've retured here from UK 2 years ago- and of course the exchange rate has been a real shocker - but no regrets. Franche-Comté on the other side of the border in France is still very reasonable in price, both to buy and rent btw.
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Welcome to the forum, Blueyonder. Long may you continue to enjoy EF and Switzerland
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Thankyou folks

Yes Odile, we often come your way. We sometimes come by air to Geneva if just a long weekend but mostly by road. By road we have come various different routes over the years but via Besancon/Pontarlier is the most frequent and Le Lion D'Or pizzeria at La Cluse et Mijoux has become a favourite of ours as we seek refreshment before crossing the border for the last leg to Sion (where we usually base ourselves).

Funnily enough, we never come to ski! I am petrified! We usually come spring summer or autumn to hike in the mountains but we might come this winter just to remind ourselves how pretty it is in the snow. Where we usually stay we are becoming familiar, so I have started to properly learn French, as I really want to do more than exchange pleasantries with the locals. There are a lot of British ex pats and chalet owners where we stay - which is good, but bad in as much as you don't make an effort with the language, as enough people around are speaking English.

The exchange rate is a shocker but we don't live there, so it is only a temporary thing for us, but I can imagine it is difficult if you live there and are not on a comparable salary. Yes, compared to the UK its hideously expensive but it is worth it for us and, as we hike the mountains etc (free entertainment in the main), it is not that painful on the whole for a holiday. Many disagree though and we met lots of German, British and Dutch tourists in Italy this summer who avoided Switzerland altogether due to the cost Staying much longer this summer meant we had some trips to Lidl for non perishable staples instead of doing all our shopping at Co-Op, and we bought wine and other goods back from Italy and France.

We have thought of buying a little holiday home there or just over the border in France, but my biggest fear is that spending too much time there would spoil the attraction for me, and I don't want anything to spoil my love of visiting Switzerland. Before we came home this summer, I was beginning to detest the 20km drive down/up the mountain to go anywhere!!!!!! Some details of what we get up to here: http://kiliclimber50.blogspot.com

I'll now go back to the Personal Swiss Misconceptions Revealed thread I was engrossed in!!

Enjoy the remainder of your weekend
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