I’m going to try to get back to finishing up writing about our trip to Europe in June, before I start looking into booking another! The evening of Thursday June 5th concluded in Germany, and at 6:30 in the morning June 6th, we boarded our tour bus headed towards stunning Switzerland. We were due to arrive in Lake Lucerne by lunchtime. We were dropped off with an hour to walk around the city, and get lunch. Unfortunately, there weren’t many places that looked like service would be quick enough for us to be back at our meet-up point within the hour. We spent too much time peeking in the quaint Swiss shops, and J bought two Swiss army knives that she got engraved. Famous and competing watch storefronts lined the cobblestoned streets, as well as major fashion houses and trendy brands. The picture above is Lake Lucerne’s famous Lion Monument which is even more magnificent in person than it is in photographs. It was designed as a memorial statue for the central Swiss soldiers that lost their lives fighting in the French Revolution. It truly is very moving, the lion is dying and he is laying there impaled by a spear- Mark Twain called this “the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world”
I have so many photos of this day in particular, as Switzerland is by far the most scenic place we visited on our trip. Included in our tour was a private boat ride on Lake Lucerne. We cruised along the beautiful, breezy lake enjoying a Swiss beer on an amazing Swiss summer day. Sounds too good to be true.
After this cruise, we had our first “optional experience.” There were about 15 optional experiences we were presented with by our tour guide, Jacquie. We ended up choosing only 5, due to financial constraints and this one was the most expensive besides the Moulin Rouge. We rode up to Mt. Stanserhorn in the world’s only open aired cable car. It was quite an interesting experience as there were two stories on the cable car, and you could practically reach out and touch the trees. Below is a view from the cab of the cable car.
Finally, on top of the mountain, we were offered the absolute most incredible alpine views of my life. Summer in Switzerland is unbeatable. There were mountainous paths and a little marmot sanctuary. We spent the two hours we had just inhaling the scenery and committing it to memory. I even Skyped from the top, with great reception!
Early that evening we checked into our hotel- a completely charming Swiss hotel where you could hear the cows on the hillside and their bells as they walked. We had an “included dinner” that evening at the hotel. It was very basic, chicken with gravy, corn and a sorbet for dessert. That evening we took a stroll through the sleepy town of Stans, and went to bed early, as the next day we were driving to Italia! This was the only country on the trip that I had never been to before, so I was extremely excited.
This last picture is one of my favorites, if not my favorite of the whole trip. :)