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Fairytales Do Come True {A Switzerland Roadtrip Diary}

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Switzerland Road Trip - Castlegrande in Bellinzona

As we sped our way through Switzerland, one thing that Eric and I kept saying to each other is “this place looks just like a fairy tale.” And of course, no fairy tale would be complete without a castle. Luckily, Switzerland has plenty, and we were fortunate enough to visit three during our stay. First stop…

CASTLEGRANDE

Switzerland Road Trip - Castlegrande in Bellinzona

After spending a few days in Lucerne, we packed up our bags, hit the road again, and made our way south to Muralto located in the canton of Ticino. Situated right on the Italian border, this part of Switzerland had a completely different vibe. The signs switched from German to Italian, the temperature (and humidity rose), and the overall pace got a little bit slower as we headed South. After winding our way through narrow, medieval streets (and getting lost more than a few times along the way!) we finally located our hotel. With a few hours to spare before dinnertime, we dropped off our bags and made a beeline for Bellinzona to explore the grounds of Castlegrande.

Bellinzona is home to not one, but THREE castles: Castelgrande, Montebello and Sasso Corbaro. We only had time to visit one (but hey, now we have an excuse to go back). Castelgrande is located on a rocky peak overlooking the valley, so we were treated to gorgeous views of the surrounding area once we reached the top.

Switzerland Road Trip - Castlegrande in Bellinzona
Switzerland Road Trip - Castlegrande in Bellinzona

SPIEZ CASTLE

Switzerland Road Trip - Schloss Spiez Castle

The next castle we visited was in Spiez, located in the Bern canton of Switzerland. This was hands-down my favorite of the three. While the castles of Bellinzona were mostly ruins with very little of the interiors left intact, Spiez Castle was pretty much move-in ready (at least that’s what I tried to tell Eric, lol). Besides being situated on beautiful grounds, a lot of rooms inside Spiez castle were setup as interactive exhibits, and you really got a feel of what it was like to live within those walls long ago.

Switzerland Road Trip - Schloss Spiez Castle
Switzerland Road Trip - Schloss Spiez Castle

Switzerland Road Trip - Schloss Spiez Castle
Switzerland Road Trip - Schloss Spiez Castle

THUN CASTLE

Switzerland Road Trip - Thun Castle

The last stop on our list was Thun Castle (pronounced like tune as we soon learned upon arrival). We got a bit of a workout climbing the many steps above town to reach the castle grounds, but it was well worth it. Similar to Spiez Castle, there were also a number of exhibits and artwork on display within the castle walls. But the best part was that you were able to climb all the way to the top and weave in and out of  side rooms along the way during your exploration.

Switzerland Road Trip - Thun Castle

Switzerland Road Trip - Thun Castle

Oddly enough, exploring castles wasn’t particularly high on my list of activities prior to visiting Switzerland, and we wound up adding them to our agenda as an afterthought. However, once we visited our first castle in Bellinzona we were hooked! My only regret is that we didn’t schedule in time for more. In fact, I’m adding an extended castle-chasing adventure around different parts of Europe to my travel bucket list as we speak!

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Party Pants {Zara Wide-Leg Culottes}

Everyday Outfits, My Style

{J. CREW Bodysuit (similar), ZARA Wide-Leg Culottes (similar here and here), SALVATORE FERRAGAMO Sunglasses, H&M Tassel Earrings, CAMBRIDGE SATCHEL Tote, MICHAEL KORS Jelly Sandals (similar here and here)}

Who knew that wide-leg culottes would turn out to be my holy grail pants of 2017?

But for real, if you’ve been hanging around my blog for any length of time it’s no secret that I definitely have a preference for skirts and dresses over trousers. But that all changed when I discovered these amazing culottes from Zara. Not gonna lie, they definitely gave me pause when I first saw them in store. But I tentatively took a pair into the fitting room, and ‘lo and behold – I was pleasantly surprised. Now they’re my favorite traveling pants.

About the Fit:
Pants can be tricky for me due to my larger thighs, but these are oh-so-comfy and extremely forgiving. I sized up to amp up the flowy-factor, but your normal size should work just fine if you prefer a more streamlined silhouette and/or have slim hips and thighs. This bodysuit from J. Crew is pretty comfy but beware the thin material – especially if you have a large bust. It tends to stretch out and become see-through. For me, a size up and a black padded bra did the trick! 


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Seeing Stripes {Asos Striped Party Dress}

Everyday Outfits, My Style

Asos Striped Party Dress {ASOS Striped Party Dress, PRADA Sunglasses, H&M Earrings, ALDO Glitter Clutch, J. CREW Glitter Heels (similar)}

All dressed up, and no place to go… yet!

But with a dress this fun and colorful, can you really blame me?! One of my fashion rules of thumb is that if I run across a fabulous dress, I get it even if I don’t have a particular event to wear it to right away. Because let’s face it, the worst time to shop is when you’re under a deadline. This school of thought has served me well over the years, and I’m rarely ever pressed for what to wear for special occasions anymore.

About the Fit:
This one runs true to size, and the fit and flare shape makes it flattering on a variety of silhouettes. Tea length dresses can be tricky, but this one works on my 5’7″ frame. If you’re petite, you may have to get it hemmed unless you prefer to wear it as a floor length gown. The bottom is very poufy thanks to a few layers of tulle – perfect for twirling the night away with someone special!

Asos Striped Prom Dress
Aldo Glitter Perspex Clutch


J. Crew Glitter Heels

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