Ciao! It was another early day for me, was up at 7:00 a.m., eating breakfast then I was on my way to the train station to wait about twenty-minute for the train to arrive and take me to Lucerne, Switzerland a little over two-and-half hours away. Once the train arrived, I did my best to take a little nap, in-between taking in the beautiful scenery that I was passing-by.
Once I arrived in Lucerne, I headed for the tourist information center located conveniently inside the train station. I had found the Bourbaki Panorama, which has as a name suggests a massive panoramic painting from the nineteenth century. It is definitely a must see if you are going to be in the area, and like me love to see fantastic art. I must have spent a little over an hour-and-a-half looking at this massive panoramic painting, as well as the several artifacts that they have on display from the time period covered in the painting. Here is a quote from the website, “Edouard Castres’ circular painting of 1881 depicts a memorable event of the Franco-Prussian War (1870/71): ‘s Eastern Army, under the command of General , crosses the Swiss border and gives up its arms in February, 1871”
After leaving the Bourbaki Panorama, I headed to the Lion of Lucerne which is only a five to ten-minute walk from the Bourbaki. I spent a short time admiring the Lion, and the skill that went into carving it. After taking some pictures I had a little snack on a hill overlooking the Lion.
Mr. Gnome even took a moment to take another break from his book and check out the Lion. If you haven’t seen the movie Amelie, that is where I got the idea to take my Gnome with me on this trip and photograph him at various locations.
After the Lion, I did some walking along the lake. Where I breathed in the fresh Swiss air, and enjoyed the beautiful boats, and crystal clear water.
Then it was back to wandering the streets of “Old Town”, where I stumbled across The Collegiate and Parish Church of St. Leger in the court of Lucerne. Which is another must visit. Though I am mad I missed out on Jesuit Church, having gone to a Jesuit high school.
Once I left the church I started walking back to the train station, where I grab a bite to eat and two beers. One I started drinking on the platform waiting for the train, and finished once on the train. Gotta love a country that lets you drink a beer while waiting on a train. The other I have in the refrigerator, most likely will have it either at lunch or dinner Tuesday. The ride back was just at gorgeous as the ride to Lucerne. Once I arrived back in the village I walked to my cousins, had dinner, showered, and now am wrapping up this post before I head to bed. Hope you all had a good day.
Until next time. Ciao!