my excuse slip

Sorry for the radio silence lately.
I feel like I need my parents or JB to write me an excuse.
I loved to skip school, and generally always reached my quota for the semester in high school.
that says very little for the high school i went to since i would get all A’s… 
my parents egged me on, and i guess if i was a different kid, they’d have forced me to go.
my mom would say, let’s go to the beach.  my dad would say, let’s go to lunch.
a few times my father wrote me a note and then when I turned it in to the front office, it wouldn’t say “excuse my daughter, for she was sick/had an appointment/etc.”
it would say:
“excuse my daughter for being the sweetest girl in the whole world”.  
dads. they are the best.
and the next best thing to having your mom visit, would have to be her best friends.
that’s a good excuse for my lack of blogging? right? (:
My 3 southern mamas have been in town and we have been having the very best time.
They are now back home and I am currently missing them something serious.
I cannot remember when i have laughed so hard, so often.  Like many of you, laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.   I was caught doing just that a couple times a day for the past week … so much so that it was pointless to wear mascara.  
best ab workout ever.  followed by stuffing my face with every pastry known to man. 
We had some excellent Basel days and I thought I’d walk you through our time here so if you ever decide to hop over to Basel you will have an excellent time too.
They stayed at the Hotel Steinenschanze, which i give ten thumbs up to!   
Big breakfasts, helpful staff, clean rooms, free bus/tram tickets, and free coffee, tea, wine, whenever you’d like.  So if you are staying the night here  and your budget allows, stay here.  
Day 1: 
We ate at a little mediterranean place for lunch on grunpfahlasasse
recovered from jet lag
dinner at lowenzorn
Day 2:
  Petersplatz flea market
lunch at tapas del mar
walked over the rhine
high tea at Le Trois Rois
Day 3:  
Vintage Tram ride through Basel
SoMa Market in klein basel
Lunch in Merian Park
Mass  (in german!)
dinner again at tapas del mar 
The other days were spent doing day trips.  

But we also squeezed in a few things on our evenings and mornings in Basel.
Cheese Shopping
Cheese and Meat plates at Consum
 Swiss Chocolate Shopping
Day Trips we took:
Colmar, France
for french cuisine at La Table Du Brocanteur  
antique shopping

Lucerne, Switzerland
Lunch at Hotel Montana
Boat cruise on lake lucerne
Zurich, Switzerland 
 shopping along Banhofstrasse
Oh so much fun.
we made memories i will look back on and laugh at all over again for years to come. 

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  • Reply Cait

    we went on a boat trip when we were in Lucene and it was incredible 🙂

    September 1, 2011 at 11:08 am
  • Reply French Lover

    Pretty pretty photos. So glad you had fun with them <3


    September 1, 2011 at 11:27 am
  • Reply Emily- Simply Southern

    What a great tip! Southern mamas are the best mamas out there!
    xo emily

    September 1, 2011 at 11:38 am
  • Reply Corey @ Learning Patience

    So much fun! My friends are in town as I type…it's the BEST!

    xoxo from Trinidad

    September 1, 2011 at 12:06 pm
  • Reply Marjorie

    everything looks amazing, especially the food!

    September 1, 2011 at 12:15 pm
  • Reply Sonja

    Awww well I think it's more important to have fun and make those memories and laughing so much than making sure that we know what you're doing every second hehee despite the fac tthat we're impatient and love seeing your photos!!! Looks beautiful (and delicious in some cases) I love those pots (? they're not pots are they?) at the antique market, they're so cute!

    September 1, 2011 at 12:17 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    Day trips in Switzerland are just so wonderful! I remember taking a few when I lived over there – glad you had a wonderful few days 🙂

    September 1, 2011 at 12:18 pm
  • Reply 17 Perth

    Yayay!! I am glad you ladies had such a good time. I love time spent like that!! Good for you for taking a break and enjoying your time. That hotel sounds awesome!

    September 1, 2011 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Stevie Leigh

    Sarah – do not even show me that chocolate. It's just not fair.

    Looks like a lovely time – that first picture: PRESH.

    September 1, 2011 at 12:45 pm
  • Reply Shannon :: The Scribble Pad

    oh my goodness. you made my heart flutter. check your email.

    and the picture with the swan is breathtaking.

    September 1, 2011 at 1:04 pm
  • Reply soanthro

    So, so sweet! My mother's best friends are like my second (and third and fourth) moms as well. I very much wish that one day they'll be able to come visit me somewhere exciting! And your photos are absolutely gorgeous- though no surprises there 🙂

    September 1, 2011 at 1:11 pm
  • Reply Perpetual Blind Date

    This sounds like so much fun! That lake looks so beautiful! – Alyssa

    September 1, 2011 at 1:24 pm
  • Reply Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~

    ur newest follower girl! – i LOVE Switzerland – like u have NO IDEA – i want to move there like no other!!!!

    September 1, 2011 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply Brenna

    I can't believe I've never been to Switzerland. Looks like such a fun visit !

    September 1, 2011 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply Lea

    Moms are absolutely a GREAT excuse to not blog! What a wonderful experience to have with your mom! Beautiful pictures!


    September 1, 2011 at 1:42 pm
  • Reply Kelly @ Eat Yourself Skinny

    Having friends and family is a definite excuse to skip!! So glad you had such a great time, your pictures are beautiful and made me feel like I was right there with you! xoxo

    September 1, 2011 at 1:57 pm
  • Reply Stephanie

    I hope you had an amazing time with your mom and her friends! The pictures are stunning! Love it!

    September 1, 2011 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Mrs. Yellow Ribbon

    Free coffee whenever?!? Like, not just until the little continental breakfast station runs out?? Sounds fab!

    September 1, 2011 at 2:41 pm
  • Reply caley-jade rosenberg

    Aaaaaw, the excuse slip story is too cute!!
    Sounds like a fab few days with the ladies:)

    September 1, 2011 at 2:48 pm
  • Reply Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!}

    How fun they all came to visit! and I love your dad's school notes…my youngest just started Kindergarten, so I think they'll both be sending notes in soon.

    I'm singing your praises on my blog today…you really melt my butter! xo

    September 1, 2011 at 3:07 pm
  • Reply Holly

    How much fun!! I have a few extra mommas, too & I love them! 🙂

    September 1, 2011 at 3:48 pm
  • Reply Love Lillian

    your blog tends to make me very hungry, haha. beautiful!

    September 1, 2011 at 4:45 pm
  • Reply chanel

    LOVE your dad's excuse slips. So precious, and YES dad's are the best. Mine's a great one too!

    I wanna be on the boat cruise under that bridge in the teal water, next to the swam, under the bright flowers. Gorgeous!

    September 1, 2011 at 5:31 pm
  • Reply Sophie

    omg sarah. this looks like my absolute DREAM. all these pictures are just incredibly, incredibly beautiful!

    i want to come visittttt.

    ive missed you…so happy your back 🙂 xxx

    September 1, 2011 at 5:53 pm
  • Reply Rod and Alex - aka: "Rolex"

    Your photos are lovely! And what a wonderful thing to have a visit from Mom!

    September 1, 2011 at 6:29 pm
  • Reply Julie

    Lucern is my all time favorite city! This makes me miss it so much!

    September 1, 2011 at 6:38 pm
  • Reply Sam {}

    so pretty and lovely!! i adore the note your dad wrote – that is the sweetest thing 🙂

    September 1, 2011 at 6:39 pm
  • Reply Ashlee

    Such a wonderful post about your mom coming to visit you in such a gorgeous place. 🙂

    September 1, 2011 at 8:37 pm
  • Reply Mrs. T

    Gorgeous photos! I am sure they had such a blast with you! I especially love that swan… so lovely!

    September 1, 2011 at 9:27 pm
  • Reply Megan

    How cute that your dad would write notes like that!! He's precious!!

    And I love these beautiful pictures, as always. You make me crave Europe!

    September 1, 2011 at 10:03 pm
  • Reply sarah nicole

    What a lovely time! The perfect reason for a break. : )



    September 2, 2011 at 12:16 am
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    That sounds like such a fun visit!!!! Beautiful pictures. I'm so happy to have a chance to look through your blog again – can't wait to see what you've been up to!

    XO Star

    September 2, 2011 at 2:41 am
  • Reply danica

    haha. I had the same kind of high school, I skipped quite a bit but nothing my parents really knew about. I still was in the top 10 people of my class. lol.

    love the photos, as usual! 🙂

    September 2, 2011 at 2:42 am
  • Reply mj { a r c h i ♥s m a r y - j a n e }

    I love all of the photos. And cheese shopping seems quite fun!

    September 2, 2011 at 4:12 am
  • Reply mj { a r c h i ♥s m a r y - j a n e }

    I love all of the photos. And cheese shopping seems quite fun!

    September 2, 2011 at 4:12 am
  • Reply mj { a r c h i ♥s m a r y - j a n e }

    I love all of the photos. And cheese shopping seems quite fun!

    September 2, 2011 at 4:12 am
  • Reply mj { a r c h i ♥s m a r y - j a n e }

    I love all of the photos. And cheese shopping seems quite fun!

    September 2, 2011 at 4:12 am
  • Reply Sarah Rall

    Colmar is such a cute town, they have amazing Christmas markets in December that I would highly recommend. I would also DIE to go Swiss Chocolate shopping! : )

    September 2, 2011 at 6:10 am
  • Reply Shannon Kirsten

    So jealous! Love these pics. I can only imagine how much fun it was showing them around! Missing you xx

    September 2, 2011 at 2:14 pm
  • Reply Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird

    Looks like a very cute town!

    September 2, 2011 at 2:15 pm
  • Reply BenMorrison64

    Sarah I love the picture of the Swan under the Bridge. I feel like I should know this, but have you been to Fribourg the town my great-grandmother is from? if not I really think you will love it. Hope your doing well!!

    September 2, 2011 at 6:45 pm
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    September 3, 2011 at 11:15 am
  • Reply Ashley

    your blog is always such an escape….all the places, the pictures, the food, the fashion… seems not real! hope you're enjoying your time with these women and you and JB are having a fabulous labor day weekend!!!

    September 4, 2011 at 5:15 pm
  • Reply New York Diaires

    Your pictures are absolutely beautiful! I love that I just randomly found your blog….it's officially bookmarked, and I'll be coming back for more!

    September 8, 2011 at 2:38 pm
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