When I received an e-mail from a friend of mine, working with a PR firm, that asked if I was free to fly to Switzerland the following Sunday, I immediately said, “YES!” The purpose? To try out the new Air Canada 787 Dreamliner jet.

In this post, I wanted to talk more about Switzerland itself because I had SUCH a fab time there. I’ll be sharing some of my edited, DSLR photos in another post but this one will give you a “ground floor” experience through the eyes of my social accounts.

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Before heading out, I stopped in Toronto at Sherway Gardens to get a quick blow dry. If you’re travelling overnight and you want to hit the destination right away, the best thing to do is get your hair done just before getting on the plane. 😉

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Before jumping on the plane, we received a special commemorative pin to mark the occasion. It felt so exciting to be among the first to fly on the Dreamliner!

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Our flight departed from Toronto at 6pm and was due to land in Zurich, Switzerland around 7:30am their time. Erica, my co-traveler, and I spent the day wandering around Zurich. It is such a beautiful city. Little pathways through the city take you on a journey through time and the little shops create an experience that is both whimsical and interesting.

Here are some of the photos that I took in Zurich:

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Erica and I first headed to the Bahnhofstrasse – Zurich’s shopping area. It was a good mix of stores we do have access to here and stores that were new. It was nice to wander around and window shop.

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We then stopped for some lunch and, of course, a cup of coffee. It was a beautiful restaurant right near the canal. With the sun shining and the food delicious, it was hard to peel ourselves away from there.

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Zurich is such a picturesque city. I loved that everything felt historical and, at the same time, very modern by way of the fashion and the people in the city. It was a fantastic mix of both.

After the day spent wandering around in Zurich, we headed back to our hotel. I decided that my adventures weren’t quite over for the day so I checked the train schedule to see which trains went where and I chose to head out to Lucerne.

Lucerne is a city with the population of just under 80,000 and is situated near two major mountains in the Swiss Alps. It also sits right on Lake Lucerne, which creates a visual beyond belief. I absolutely loved my time in Lucerne – I wandered around and took some photos and just tried to really soak up the sights of the city.

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After the day spent traveling around, I came back to the hotel and grabbed some downtime. Although the entire trip was only 24 hours, I really felt like I was able to soak up enough of Switzerland to really satisfy my hunger for traveling.

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Thank you again to Air Canada for the adventure. It was one of the best 24 hours I’ve ever had.