Switzerland, Lucerne: Castle in Switzerland

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Finding castles in the air are lovely surprises as you look at views in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Switzerland, Lucerne: Peeking Through to the Lush Field

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Lush green fields for the cows to graze in in Switzerland. Making milk for chocolate?

Switzerland, Lucerne: Swan Lake

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Clear blue and green water for the swans to swim in in Switzerland.

Switzerland, Lucerne: St. Peterskapelle (St. Peter’s Chapel)

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This ornate 18th-century church was built over a 12th-century predecessor.

Switzerland, Lucerne: View from Kapellbrücke, Chapel Bridge

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The riverside promenade on the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne has pretty views. You can see St.Peterskapelle (St. Peter’s Chapel) in the background.

 

Switzerland, Lucerne: We’re Really in Switzerland

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Just minutes apart, the clouds roll in and change the scene significantly in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Switzerland, Lucerne: Lion Monument in Lucerne

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Gletschergarten Lowendenkmal is massive heartrending stone relief which was carved to remember the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 during the French Revolution when defending Louis XVI. Swiss Guards were and are famous as brave sentries. Today, they still surround the Pope. When the revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris, more than 800 were killed during the fighting, after surrender, or died in prison of their wounds. 300 lucky survived because they were with the detachment which King Louis XVI had sent to Normandy to escort grain convoys. Two surviving Swiss officers went on to become senior ranked guards for Napoleon.

In 1880, Mark Twain had this to say about it ” His size is colossal, his attitude is noble. His head is bowed, the broken spear is sticking in his shoulder, his protecting paw rests upon the lilies of France. Vines hang down the cliff and wave in the wind, and a clear stream trickles from above and empties into a pond at the base, and in the smooth surface of the pond the lion is mirrored, among the water-lilies.

Around about are green trees and grass. The place is a sheltered, reposeful woodland nook, remote from noise and stir and confusion ­and all this is fitting, for lions do die in such places, and not on granite pedestals in public squares fenced with fancy iron railings. The Lion of Lucerne would be impressive anywhere, but nowhere so impressive as where he is.”

Switzerland, Lucerne: Cute Swiss Army Guy

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The Swiss Army marketers sure know how to make you smile, stop, take a photo, and yes, perhaps walk in and buy something. Okay we bought a Swiss Army Knife. One of my favorite gifts has been the Swiss Army card; It’s the size of a credit card, fits in your wallet and has the necessary gadgets hidden in it.

Switzerland, Lucerne: Covered Walk in Lucerne

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There’s a pretty riverside promenade in Lucerne. Chapel Bridge is one of the oldest wooden bridges in Switzerland as it was mentioned in writing around 1367. As you walk it, look up underneath the roof and you will be surprised to see paintings there. A prominent Water Tower here had been used as a dungeon, an archive, and a treasury vault. These were parts of the oldest medieval city ramparts of Lucerne. You can also take a peek into St. Peter’s Chapel.

Switzerland, Lucerne: Switzerland = Watches

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A stop in Lucerne gave us endless hours of browsing through watch shops. The incredible amount of creativity of what can be designed on a watch was amazing.