Let me just start by saying I’m not complaining about anything. I love travel (and being able to travel). And I probably couldn’t afford more than one or two “actual” cocktails anywhere in Europe anyway. And besides, cocktails are more of an American thing, and I can see how offering an old-fashioned at a continental bistro is like putting a hamburger on a sushi menu.
We spent two weeks in Switzerland. It’s a land of wine and beer (mostly lagers). Both are very good there (and I usually don’t like lagers), but they’re not the same as a nice cocktail.
Martinis are on the Swiss menus, but they’re just Martini & Rossi poured cold into a glass. There are aperitif cocktails at a few Italian-leaning establishments, and those are just fine until dinner arrives. And once dinner arrives, you need a glass of wine (or maybe a beer depending on the food) because a cocktail will just overpower the meal.
We had two fabulous weeks with the in-laws. (We rode trains.) Then we flew away and landed in Chicago. And in Chicago we were in the airport. And in the airport there was a bar. And in the bar there was gin and there was vermouth and there was ice. I love a good martini. I ordered it. I drank it and thought about my vacation. I was able to enjoy my memories and feel glad to be back. It’s hard to do those two things at the same time. But I did. And I thank the kindly bartender at the very end of the O’Hare terminal for helping me.
It was the end. Maybe not the very end, but 'an' end.
Every city has their ups and downs. The longer you visit, the more downs you start to notice.
Mahler's Resurrection Symphony
The salad bed in our garden
A connection revisited