Narrow, winding road down the mountain
This morning we boarded the bus following breakfast and headed down the steep, winding, narrow road toward the village of Stans, Switzerland. It is the home of the Stanserhorn Mountains and cable car. The mountain railway is the first electric powered mountain railway which also used a steam powered generator as back up. The cabrio (cable car) is the first double decker, open air cable car. Of course we went straight to the top....open air car.
We started our ride partway up the mountain on the mountain railway and transferred to the cabrio about halfway up the mountain. This mountain is 6300 feet above sea level. You could feel your ears pop as you ascended the mountain. Once you got to the end of the cabrio line you could walk to the very top of the mountain. What an amazing experience!! We have noticed the mountains all around up but to be on top was incredible! What greeted us at the top? A cross! Shealyn got off the beaten path to get a good picture....she also busted her butt on the slippery snow.
We’ve all agreed that this is our favorite experience so far!!
Once we descended the
mountain we boarded the bus for the brief trip to Lucerne. The first place we went was a monument carved in stone called to Lion of Lucerne. This is a very special monument created to commemorate the massacre of Swiss guards during the French Revolution in1792. There were 700 Swiss guards who lost there lives. It is one of the saddest monuments I’ve seen. Just to look at the sadness and pain in the lions face can break your heart.
Our next order of business was to find something for lunch. We found another Irish Pub so we ate there.... ham, cheese, and tomato toasties with French fries. Shealyn had chicken so we all were happy!!
The remainder of the day we had free time to look around Lucerne to shop and see the sites. We tried chocolates, gelato, cupcakes, and hot chocolate! We checked out souvenirs and walked to the wooden pedestrian bridge. The bridge is of particular interest because of the beautiful paintings under the roof that date back to the 17th century. Several were destroyed in a fire in 1993.
We are now headed back to our hotel for dinner and preparations to leave
in the morning. Tomorrow we head to France
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