Blogs from Lucerne, North-West, Switzerland, Europe - page 19


Europe » Switzerland » North-West » Lucerne April 4th 2006

One very long, exciting day. Started with a great breakfast at the hostel... some cereal, bread, honey, butter, hot chocolate, and yogurt. Ready to go, I went to pick up my skis and took the lift up (which is actually three lifts to get to the very top... from about 3,000 feet in Engelberg to about 10,000 feet elevation at the top of Mount Titlis). This morning it was snowing in the mountains and had already accumulated about 3 to 4 inches. This made for great skiing. Furthermore, it was a Monday and the ski season is at its low point, so there was plenty of room to ski around and I almost never had to wait more than a few seconds in line to take a lift up to a run. For the first half ... read more
Some Clouds Coming Over the Mountain
Taking a Break on My Way Down the Mountain
Duckie and Paddington On the Mountain

Europe » Switzerland » North-West » Lucerne April 2nd 2006

Woke up around 6:50, got ready, and headed for the subway. Took the subway to the train station and, after a few connections and about seven hours, I was in Lucerne (Luzern). Lucerne looks very Swiss. I really like the architecture. It has a river running through it with very clear water and big swans that swim towards people in hope of getting some food. The hostel was big, and the staff was very nice. About six people stayed in the room I was in. There was one overweight, older guy that breathed heavily and snored loudly... sleeping in the bunk below me, no less. His snoring woke me up a few time through the night. I went downtown and walke around, crossed the river, and ate a McDonald's (which was the most chic McDonald's ... read more
The Slide
Cables for the Buses
Duckie and Paddington at the Lake

Europe » Switzerland » North-West » Lucerne April 2nd 2006

Great day. I got up at 5:50, caught a bus to the train station, and then took the train from Luzern to Engelberg (about an hour). The train was on a very light ascent most of the way... barely noticeable. Then, for the last four of five kilometers, it took an almost steep ascent into the mountains. Engelberg is surrounded by big, sharp, steep, snow covered mountains (mostly, as in the lower areas most of the snow has melted off). First I talked to the information desk and then I got breakfast at Cafe Desire (which sounds chic or something, but it looks like what you would expect a traditional Swiss restaurant to look like. One of the things I got was a muesli mixed in yogurt with fruit on top... different but it tasted very ... read more
Engelberg - 1
The Hostel
Engelberg - 2

Europe » Switzerland » North-West » Lucerne February 13th 2006

just wanted to thank you for all your birthday wishes!!! im having a very relaxing day...unfortunately there are no pubs here but i went to a german pub the other day and the beer there comes out in 1 litre glasses!!!! have to go but thanks for the messages xoxox... read more

Europe » Switzerland » North-West » Lucerne January 9th 2006

We were posed with this question - why doesn't Switzerland need to spend that much money on advertising/tourism (compared to Malaysia and her Malaysia Truly Asia campaign, for example), and yet the world all over knows where Switzerland is (it's in Europe), knows its currency (Swiss francs as well as the Euro), and you know ... basically knows of Switzerland? We didn't get the answer. I think we were supposed to hang around the country and then find out for ourselves. About 2 weeks after we left Switzerland, my brother asked me again, and I thought, "Oh yeah. Forgot to think about it." I think its neutral status has got a lot to do with it. Well, whatever it was, we arrived in Lucerne at night. It was soooo good hearing English again. The Swiss speak ... read more
Lucerne by the river Reuss
Two famous landmarks of Lucerne
By the lake

Europe » Switzerland » North-West » Lucerne December 24th 2005

Usually for me, Christmas is a long, warm day at the start of summer, with family around, lots of time spent at the beach and enjoying the beginning of the festive summer holiday season. This year îs a little different... In Switzerland, the days are short; it's dark by 5pm, there is snow on the ground and a bite in the air. Armed with my new selection of Moroccan winter clothes and stepping of an Easyjet flight from the warmths of southern Spain into a dull grey, cold and foggy Basel day, I found myself immediately questioning my sanity or lack there-of... But, it was not long before I found myself in the warm clutches of some of my great friends here and I suddenly remembered all the reasons I had come back for Christmas. With ... read more
Action shot at mealtime
Good bread!

Europe » Switzerland » North-West » Lucerne October 29th 2005

Things around here have been going pretty well. we havent really done anything special since the last time i posted but i know everyone wants to see where i live so i took a trip into town with my camera. we had a game that night and sleeping in on game day never goes over well with my body so i t was nice to have something to do to get me out of bed. we won our game in Five to a team that is in the top four of our league. it was a pretty big win so we all went out to celebrate after. Today all we did was recover with a nice stoll to one of the parks. i know i said it before but i feel i must say it again. ... read more
Close but not quite
My Favorite Street
Open Air Market

Europe » Switzerland » North-West » Lucerne October 27th 2005

Rather than returning to Zurich from Interlaken via Bern, we went via Lucerne and spent a very enjoyable afternoon there. We started out from the train station and walked across the famous "Chapel Bridge" - a covered footbridge originally built in the 14th century as part of the city's fortifications. We headed to the Lowendenkmal next, a huge sandstone carving of a lion created in tribute to Swiss guards who died in Paris during the French Revolution. From there we wandered through the old town area and did a little shopping. We had a delightful lunch along the lakefront where we were able to watch the swans. There are swans living in basically all the Swiss lake cities we've visited, but Lucerne had the most. We counted a group of over 60 swans! We wish we'd ... read more
Mountain Town
Autumn Reflection
Misty River

Europe » Switzerland » North-West » Lucerne October 16th 2005

14th, 15th and 16th of October, 2005. Lucerne, Switzerland. Tour Day 3 As we travelled from France and into Switzerland - all the while with the most endlessly blue skies I have ever seen in my life - the landscape gradually went from incredibly green hills to amazingly green mountains, and in the distance you could see blue Alps with white snowcaps. The road began to carve its way through endless mountains, and by the time we reached Lucerne I think we may have spent more time in darkly lit tunnels than on open-air roads. Lucerne turned out to be a really pretty little town. We stopped at their most renowned monument, the Lõwendenkmal, meaning The Dying Lion Of Luzern, which is a sculpture carved into the sandstone cliff's edge by Danish artist Bertel Thorvaldsen in ... read more
Swiss Cuckoo Clocks
Swiss Pub
Man vs The Mountains

Europe » Switzerland » North-West » Lucerne September 4th 2005

We made our way from Munich along to Va duz, the capital of Liechtenstein, I’d never even heard of Liechtenstein until going on this tour! It’s a very very small country. It was named after the Liechtenstein family who bought all the land here many years ago and is still run by them today. There was an Orchestra playing a concert in the main part of the town. We got lunch at a little café - a hamburger which was delivered without a bun… we are guessing it was the low carb option!!! We continued along a very picturesque route with tall mountains and endless paddocks of feed, some spotted with cows and although the area seems quiet, it would be easy enough to see yourself living here, well me anyways!! We crossed the border in ... read more
The View
Nearly At The Top

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