Holly Jolly

Welcome back to my monthly contribution to A lil HooHaa's Photo Blogging Challenge. 

November's prompt is "Holly Jolly".

So this season was another busy one, among other things due to the fact that the World University Games were canceled and thus filled our training schedule. We missed the traditional lightning of the village Christmas Tree: It takes place on the third Thursday in November, which of course collides with Thanksgiving in the U.S.

I took this picture a few nights later, when snow was falling.

I had planned to go visit the Coca-Cola Truck. It was going to be at three locations not too far from us throughout December. Then our training schedule changed, spoiling my hopeful plans. Can you imagine my delight upon discovering that the truck was still there as we drove home? All the visitors had left, the promoters and music technicians, too, so there was no playing of "Wonderful Dream". It was cold, but it was more than OK. A few guys were busy disassembling the equipment, and I got a once in a lifetime opportunity to photograph my beloved truck without any annoying people photo bombing my shot. I think this was one of my favorite December moments!

More snow, and to my surprise and delight, my teenager found out he likes to free my car from the snow! I think when I'm old and gray, I will cherish this picture. Look, my boy, being all nice and helpful!

In return, I didn't bitch when I had to get up at stupid o'clock (in case you're wondering, I'm talking about 4:15am) to drive him to the meeting point from where they boarded the team busses that took them to a remote location in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland for their away game. 

Unlike other parents who crawled back into bed, we drove there ourselves, and I did not regret it. Not only was the area super charming - yet deserted... The boys played well, and we had a great time.

We were we in the Italian, and a few days later in the French part of Switzerland as well. There is this famous Christmas Market in Montreux, that my Mom and I have been wanting to visit. Here's a nice little video I put together:

In the Lake Geneva area there is a natural phenomenon called bise, a cold, dry wind in Switzerland which blows through the plateau from the northeast to the southwest. It made our day very cold, and we headed to the Canadian booth we had seen earlier. They sold crêpes with maple syrup. Good times, eh.

These were my five; I hope you enjoyed them. Head over to A 'lil HooHaa's and check out the other contributors' posts!

Have a great New Year's Eve! Hope 2022 will be a good year for all of you!

PS: Will you be participating in 20 Days of Chill? 


  1. That is one super cool truck! Glad you got to see it. I'm amazed you can get around in the snow in that little red car! I would have assumed you had a big, four-wheel-drive! I really love pics of the quaint towns you share. Happy New Year to you and yours! 💜

  2. Great set of photos for the theme. I figured we might see the coca-cola truck and it's even cooler that you got to get the photo without any people near it! I hope with these photos you had a great holiday season!

  3. The photo of the Canada food stall with crepes & maple syrup warmed my heart...but you know most of us don't say "eh", right? ;) I'm really enjoying the videos you include in your posts. That mirror-panel reindeer sculpture is fantastic...I would have spent my whole time at that market just photographing the sculpture. Thanks for continuing to bring your sense of humour to these posts, and to act as our virtual tour guide. All the best to you and your family in 2022.


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