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Lucerne - Somewhere over the Rainbow.

sunny 13 °C

Last time on Blissful Adventures…

Having visited the somewhat faded lakeside resort of Interlaken in a futile search for spectacular views of the iconic mountains and glaciers of the High Alps, our intrepid travellers were so distraught at their failure that they were considering committing suicide by chocolate when, with only a couple of hours of daylight remaining, the clouds evaporated and from their hotel room window they had the most glorious views of the mighty Eiger and its sister the Jungfrau…
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Suddenly the murky days of fog and sleet that had so depressed the Blissful Adventurers dissipated in the warm sunshine, and the mountains with their new white blankets rose into the clear blue sky in all directions around them…
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So off they went on the Interlaken Express to Lucerne with light hearts...
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And what beautiful sights they found on the other side of the mountains…
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While the shine may have been taken off Interlaken, the medieval city of Lucerne has managed to hold onto its glamorous past. The city’s elegant waterfront and ancient wooden bridges are simply picture perfect…
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And even the famous sorrowful lion, (The Löwendenkmal or the Lion of Lucerne), who mourns the massacre of the Swiss Guards at the Tuiliers in Paris during the French Revolution in 1792, seemed to cheer up in the sunshine…
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The Swiss alpine landscape is still incredibly beautiful, but urban Switzerland seems to have slipped from its glory days when foreign visitors set their watches by the trains and went home to extol the virtues of clean streets and general orderliness. Today’s Switzerland has too many ugly developments with many buildings defaced by graffiti. Even the trains are slipping and, Mein Gott, (or Mon Dieu or Mio Dio depending on where you are in Switzerland), there is litter on the streets. Thank god that the lofty mountains still rise above this..
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Posted by Hawkson 00:54 Archived in Switzerland

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Lovely sunny alps and 13 degree temperature. In Toronto it's near freezing so we have fallen into the beer mugs watching the Maple Leafs (yes they won) and emptying boxes of chocolate liqueurs.

by The Vickerage

Great shot of the mountain framed in dark slopes and Swiss flag bottom left. Andrew would be impressed.

by R and B

Haven't seen much of our mountains in Vancouver. Rain, wind and fallen leaves mark the landscape. Glad you finally saw the gorgeous mountains..

by Sue Fitzwilson

As clear here today, but no snow on mountains. Glad the miracle of Fujii happened again and the gods provided you a clear sight of the mountains. Now if you can part seas....

by Tom

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